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London leasing boom sees GPE return to profit

London leasing boom sees GPE return to profit

Yet more strong numbers from the commercial property sector on Thursday. Major London landlord Great Portland Estates joined its peers British Land and Landsec this week in delivering an upbeat performance for the year.
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M&S to move into new Lakeside flagship, takes ex-Debenhams space

M&S to move into new Lakeside flagship, takes ex-Debenhams space

M&S is continuing to open statement new stores as the UK retail giant enjoys a turnaround in its fortunes. It’s set to take over another former Debenhams site, at the Lakeside mall in Essex.
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URW rolls out Westfield brand to trio of European flagship locations

URW rolls out Westfield brand to trio of European flagship locations

​Malls giant Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) is continuing to roll out its Westfield brand to more locations and has announced that it’s rebranding three flagship centres under that name.
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Grosvenor links with True on social shopping innovation hunt

Grosvenor links with True on social shopping innovation hunt

Landlord Grosvenor has launched an interesting project, unveiling “an innovation challenge seeking to find new technologies and partners that are putting customer experience at the heart of bricks and mortar retail”.
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UK's hot property sector sees British Land return to profit

UK's hot property sector sees British Land return to profit

​British Land became the second UK property giant in two days to report that the sector’s post-pandemic trading is thriving again, delivering “a strong performance across all parts of our business” for the year.
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UK inflation hits 40-year high of 9%, could derail fashion and beauty recovery

UK inflation hits 40-year high of 9%, could derail fashion and beauty recovery

British inflation surged last month to its highest annual rate since 1982, piling pressure on finance minister Rishi Sunak to step up his help for households facing a worsening cost-of-living crisis.
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N Brown upbeat as strategic brands focus pays off

N Brown upbeat as strategic brands focus pays off

​Battered N Brown group saw its share price rising early on Wednesday on the announcement of a new sub-brand being launched by the company and also its full-year results update.
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Shaftesbury boosts London's Berwick Street ownership with new buy

Shaftesbury boosts London's Berwick Street ownership with new buy

Landlord Shaftesbury, which owns a 16-acre portfolio in London's West End, has just got a little bigger in the retail area. ​The property giant has acquired a long leasehold in the lower floors of 92-104 Berwick Street.
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Landsec success heralds return to profit, launches new leasing partner model

Landsec success heralds return to profit, launches new leasing partner model

​Property giant Landsec — which owns most of Bluewater — spoke of its strong financial and operational position Tuesday, “expecting to deliver material growth in income”. And that's with UK economic turbulence factored in.
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UK footfall slips back in latest week

UK footfall slips back in latest week

​UK footfall’s post-pandemic recovery took a hit last week as concerns over rising prices and worries over an impending recession deepened. There were negative numbers (almost) everywhere for the 8-14 May period. 
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Next under fire over 'excessive' leadership pay

Next under fire over 'excessive' leadership pay

​As costs and inflation rise and the prospect of recession looms large, retail bosses are being targeted for ‘excessive’ pay and bonuses, with fashion retail giant Next among them.
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CEO of AllSaints joins British Retail Consortium board

CEO of AllSaints joins British Retail Consortium board

​The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has beefed up the non-executive directors on its board with the appointment of two new names, including Peter Wood, the CEO of AllSaints.
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Made.com says current trading is tough, unveils new CFO

Made.com says current trading is tough, unveils new CFO

​Made.com — the digital lifestyle brand that last week announced it’s buying Trouva — released a trading update on Monday and also revised its guidance for the year ahead.
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John Lewis chief says UK needs pandemic-style cost-of-living support package

John Lewis chief says UK needs pandemic-style cost-of-living support package

John Lewis boss Dame Sharon White is calling on the UK government to introduce a financial support package to protect families from the cost of living crisis, similar to the one delivered during the Covid pandemic.
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Klarna Virtual Shopping launch aims to recreate in-store experience online

Klarna Virtual Shopping launch aims to recreate in-store experience online

​BNPL specialist Klarna has rolled out Virtual Shopping, “connecting online shoppers directly with experts in physical stores, through live video and messaging, to provide a highly personalised experience online”. 
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Nexite announces major funding for physical retail-boosting tech platform

Nexite announces major funding for physical retail-boosting tech platform

Tech firm Nexite has announced a new funding injection. It takes its total funding up to $100m for its breakthrough Bluetooth tag and SaaS platform that boosts physical shopping and makes it more e-tail-like.
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