Tag Archives: COVID-19

Home retail boosted by lockdown

Latest research conducted by Love Home Swap, a members-only, global home-sharing platform, has revealed how Brits took to DIY during lockdown, resulting in a surge in demand for the home retail sector that is expected to continue as people look to improve their living environment. More than three quarters of …

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Intu enters administration

On Friday, Intu Properties went into administration after failing to reach an agreement with its lenders. Intu owns a number of major shopping centres in the UK including intu Trafford Centre, intu Lakeside, intu Merry Hill and intu MetroCentre, in addition to a shopping centre and development site in Spain. …

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Debenhams to open stores in Wales and Scotland

After a successful first few days’ trading in England, Debenhams will reopen its eight stores in Wales on Tuesday 23 June as trading restrictions are eased. The revised guidance from the Scottish Government means that Debenhams will be able to open six of its Scottish stores on Monday 29 June. …

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Footfall soars over first week of retail trading

The latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that the first week of non-essential retail reopening in England delivered the most fundamental change in footfall in UK retail destinations since the start of the lock down, with a significant rise from the week before on every day of the week. …

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John Lewis opens nine more stores

John Lewis plans to open nine more shops on 25 June following the successful reopening of an initial 13 shops this week. The stores which will reopen their doors to customers on 25 June are; Cribbs Causeway, Leeds, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Peter Jones, Southampton, Tunbridge Wells and York. Bérangère Michel, …

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Quartermaine Distribution acquires Scott Brothers

Cheshire-based company Quartermaine Distribution has completed the acquisition of Scott Brothers, saving six jobs. Scott Brothers recently entered into administration due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, but the procurement by Quartermaine Distribution has saved the longstanding operation from closing permanently. With household brand names such as Packmate, Honeywell, …

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Covid-19 encourages Millennials to go vegan

The prospect of a diet packed with chickpeas, lentils, and quinoa appears to be more tempting as of late, as new research from Mintel reveals that a quarter of young British Millennials (aged 21-30) say that the Covid-19 pandemic has made a vegan diet more appealing. These plant-loving Millennials are not …

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Online retail booms through lockdown

Covid-19 continued to reshape the retail landscape in May, as consumers acclimatised to the enforced shift of shopping online. The UK’s second month under lock down saw online retail sales swell to a twelve-year high, up +32.7%  in May. That’s according to IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index, which tracks the …

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Scotland and Wales reopen for business

The First Minister has announced in the Scottish Parliament that all shops, large and small – except those in shopping centres/malls which do not have street access – will be permitted to re-open from 29 June. This means many shops will have been shuttered for 14 weeks since the commencement …

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May sees footfall begin to increase

Lock down has seen retail footfall decline to unprecedented levels, forcing some businesses into administration and giving almost all companies cause for serious concern and action. However, according to the latest report from Springboard, lock down easing is seeing a tentative uptick in footfall trends. “The second month of lock …

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