It has been another 12 months of change in the retail sector. The Retail Week team looks back on 2019 and selects some of the landmark moments and trends that characterised the year and will likely shape the industry in 2020 and beyond.
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Black Friday beat expectations as sales and footfall surged. PwC head of consumer markets Lisa Hooker joins Retail Week executive editor George MacDonald to discuss the promotional extravaganza, how the final weeks of peak will play out and what’s in store for retail in the new year.
As Sports Direct unveils plans for a group rebrand to Frasers, retail adviser Richard Hyman and Retail Week head of content Grace Bowden discuss whether a new name will have any impact on how the business is perceived by brands or shoppers.
After the opening of John Lewis’ revamped department store in Southampton , where services and experience are centre stage, Retail Week executive editor George MacDonald and stores editor John Ryan discuss whether it lives up to its ‘playground’ billing and how effectively the new approach has been executed.
As John Lewis unveils its highly anticipated Christmas campaign, Brandcap co-founder and Asos non-executive director Rita Clifton joins Retail Week’s Grace Bowden to discuss the retailers that have pulled a Christmas cracker with their festive adverts.
Marks Spencer’s apparel arm suffered a like-for-like sales slide of 5.5% in the first half. Chief executive Steve Rowe has taken control of the clothing business and says a new team has got off to a great start and “their first ranges have delivered”. GlobalData global retail research ...
A divided nation is heading to the polls for the first December general election in almost 100 years. Seasoned Peel Hunt retail analyst John Stevenson joins Retail Week executive editor George MacDonald to discuss the implications for peak trading and the industry’s wider Christmas prospects.