By Emily Hardy2017-10-13T06:00:00+01:00
As WHSmith turns 225 years old, the high street stalwart is still adapting to changing conditions, recently launching its latest new-format store in Reading.
WHSmith – celebrating its 225th anniversary this year – will show how its travel business has continued to soar when it issues preliminary results next week.
WHSmith posted a surge in pre-tax profits bolstered by its travel division, whose total sales surpassed its high street division for the first time.
The retail sector is undergoing an important shift in its evolution, with consumer choice never stronger thanks to a wave of small and nimble operators disrupting established players.
The world’s biggest Primark opens in Birmingham this morning and it is chock-full of novelty. John Ryan reports.
Five floors, beauty parlours for men and women, Harry Potter and Disney shop-in-shops, as well as a Disney café on the top floor, are just a few of the elements that distinguish Primark’s new Birmingham branch.