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Kingfisher to expand Screwfix chain

Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvements retailer, says it may open 200 more Screwfix stores in the UK.

Jack Wills cancels IPO

The founder of menswear brand Jack Wills has returned to its helm as the board postpones a planned IPO.

August UK retail sales ‘a washout’

UK retail sales were a washout in August.

US wine giant Robert Mondavi to launch online in China

Famed Californian winery Robert Mondavi is to join Alibaba Group’s Tmall.com online shopping marketplace to reach more consumers in China, the world’s largest wine-consuming market.

Primark set for US launch

Primark – the UK’s most successful retailer of cheap clothing – will open its first US store in Boston next week.

Gap Inc sales slip

Gap Inc has reported a two per cent fall in global sales in the second quarter – but says its turnaround is on track.

Tesco axes Wine Club as it starts to cull range

Embattled UK supermarket giant Tesco is to close down its Wine Community in another cost-cutting move.

Bass Pro culls staff

Bass Pro Shops – the US boating, fishing, camping, hunting and outdoor category killer – has confirmed a cull in store and head office staff.

Ikea opens compact concept in UAE

Sweden’s Ikea Group has opened a compact concept store in the UAE city of Al Ain.

German retail sales rise the fastest in 20+ years

German retail sales rose by the fastest rate in more than 20 years in the first half of this year.

Loblaw to axe stores

Loblaw Canada will close 52 stores across its banner groups as it seeks to boost profitability.

Harvey Nichols in shock Baku exit

British luxury department store operator Harvey Nichols has pulled out of its first store in Azerbaijan just four months after a high profile opening.