Beauty and personal care were a big part of Unilever's larger than expected Q1 sales rise and its acquisitions grew faster than other brands as their innovative business models and products scored globally.
The Primark headlines may have been largely about its mega-sized opening in Birmingham this month, but the company is continuing to open stores elsewhere and has just opened at Centre:MK in Milton Keynes.
Easter sales and store footfall should rise and fashion should get a boost from an online surge, especially for smaller e-tailers, several studies show. But the uplifts won't make up for the overall weak environment.
UK physical stores retail remained weak last month with consumers unwilling to spend. And what appeared to be a recovery was nothing of the sort when comparisons with last year and calendar shifts are factored in.
Sergio Bucher, the CEO who hoped to turn Debenhams around but has presided over its decline, is expected to set down from his role within the next few days with some observers saying news could come as soon as Monday.
The Brazilian cosmetics group announced on Friday that it has appointed Ian Bickley, ex-president for global business development and strategic alliances at Tapestry (formerly Coach) to its board of directors.
The booking software for beauty salons and spas has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round led by investment firm Partech, Berlin-based Target Global, Dubai’s Beco Capital and NYC-based FJ Labs.