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How a fast digital pivot saved Williams-Sonoma’s top line when Covid-19 hit

Take a look at US kitchen and homewares retailer Williams-Sonoma’s latest sales figures and you would hardly know there has been a pandemic.

Starbucks merchandise in high demand as fans miss in-store experience

US high-end online reseller Poshmark has seen sales of Starbucks merchandise increase by more than 100 per cent since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic.

Asia a bright spot for cashed-up Ralph Lauren as it faces slow global recovery

Luxury retailer Ralph Lauren saw online sales in Asia surge by 15 per cent during the peak of Covid-19 lockdowns – but globally it recorded a hefty first-quarter loss.

Covid-19 will speed up the reshaping of global retail trends, says KPMG

Covid-19 has accelerated key underlying global retail trends that were already reshaping the industry according to a new report by KPMG.

H&M launches menswear range using intelligent fabric

Sweden fashion retailer H&M launches an intelligent fabric this week, a fashion technology for menswear which keeps the wearer cool in summer heat.

Shoe retailer Clarks to cull management ranks worldwide

Clarks, the UK-based shoe retailer, will cull the ranks of its corporate staff by a net 700 people worldwide, including in Asia during the next 18 month.

Strategic review launched of Victoria’s Secret China future

The future of lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret China business is under review as the company moves to permanently close 250 of its US stores as it seeks to restore profits.

Luckin faces Nasdaq suspension over false sales figures

Disgraced Chinese firm Luckin Coffee has resumed trading on Nasdaq despite being sent a delisting notice.

Amazon could buy JC Penney and change retailing forever

Amazon has been tipped to take over collapsed US department-store giant JC Penney in a move which – should it proceed – could rewrite the nature of retailing.

French Connection will collapse without funding injection

Without securing an imminent financial lifeline, ailing UK-headquartered fashion chain French Connection is likely to collapse.

Wish lead the Top 5 shopping apps in March 2020

The top 5 shopping apps in March 2020

The world’s top 5 shopping apps globally hit 26.9 million downloads in March, according to data gathered by LearnBonds – Wish was number 1.

JC Penney collapses into Chapter 11

US department-store giant JC Penney has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. But while the company blames the Covid-19 pandemic it has been in dire straits for years.