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Boots appoints Dixons Carphone CEO Sebastian James 19 hours ago

Boots has appointed Dixons Carphone CEO Sebastian James. Mr James has stepped down after six years in the role at the electrical retailer to become senior vice president, president and managing director of the health and beauty retailer. He is due to join Boots during summer but it won’t be until...

Dixons Carphone appoints new chief executive 19 hours ago

Dixons Carphone has appointed Alex Baldock as its new group chief executive. Due to join the business from April 2018, Mr Baldock will succeed Sebastian James who is leaving the company to join Boots. Mr Baldock is currently group chief executive of Shop Direct, the owner of Littlewoods.com and Very.co.uk. Chairman of...

Footlocker to open new store at Liverpool ONE 19 hours ago

Footlocker is to open a new store on Liverpool ONE’s South John Street. The 21,000 square foot store will be one of the brand’s largest in its worldwide portfolio of 2,500 stores. To accommodate Footlocker, HMV has relocated to a new 13,000 square foot store on South John Street. Director of...

Online shopping spend increases to 80% 19 hours ago

The proportion of money being spent online has increased year-on-year to 80%. According to a survey commissioned by Royal Mail, 54% and 53% of respondents said choice and price comparison respectively were the key reasons they would shop online instead of in-store. Meanwhile, 49% said convenience was the key reason. The...

Superdrug sees strong Christmas sales uplift 3 days ago

Superdrug saw its like-for-like sales rise by 2.4% in the four weeks ending 30 December. The retailer said it benefited from the popularity of beauty advent calendars including exclusive calendars such as Beauty & The Beast which sold out in September and saw new stock delivered before December to meet...

Marks & Spencer restructures marketing team 3 days ago

Marks & Spencer has reshaped its marketing team as it continues to implement its five-year transformation plan. Marks & Spencer said the new team structure will be more closely aligned to the strategic priorities of the food and clothing and home business units. Sharry Cramond will be joining the team in...

H&M hires global diversity leader following racist jumper backlash 3 days ago

H&M has appointed a diversity manager in response to the global backlash it endured from recent events. Annie Wu, currently H&M’s global manager for employee relations, will become its new global leader for diversity and inclusiveness for the H&M Group and will be based at the retailer’s headquarters in Stockholm. H&M has...

River Island takes digital transformation leap 4 days ago

Fashion chain River Island has undergone a dramatic overhaul of its core IT systems in order to now operate with a single view of its inventory, which is giving it the ability to manage its stock across channels and surface reliable data throughout the organisation. Speaking at an event alongside Retail’s...

Halfords posts third quarter sales uplift 4 days ago

Car parts and cycling retailer Halfords grew its like-for-like sales by 2.7% in its third quarter as group revenue rose by 3.2%. In the 15 weeks to 12 January, retail like-for-like sales increased by 2.9% while sales at Halford’s autocentres edged up 0.7%. The company said it continued to see strong...

Crew Clothing appoints new finance director 4 days ago

Crew Clothing has promoted head of finance Angharad Carter-Clout to finance director. Carter-Clout will replace chief financial officer Stuart Owens, who stepped down last month. Her promotion also comes less than a month after Crew Clothing hired David Butler as its new chief executive, replacing Louise Barnes who also stepped down after...

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