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Hamley’s opens Moscow giant

British-based toy giant Hamley’s has opened its largest store yet – in the heart of Moscow.

Net-a-Porter, Yoox to merge

After weeks of speculation, corporate luxury retailer Richemont has revealed a plan to merge its trendy online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter with rival Yoox.

Superdry teams with Idris Elba

Hip t-shirt brand Superdry signs The Wire star Idris Elba to create an exclusive collection.

Amazon to acquire Net-A-Porter?

Amazon reportedly in talks to acquire luxury fashion pureplay, Net-A-Porter.

Harvey Nichols Baku opens

British luxury department store Harvey Nichols has opened a new store in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan.

Vivienne Westwood hits New York

UK designer Vivienne Westwood will open her third US store this fall – her first in the Big Apple.

Chilean vending machines model takes off

Algramo installs vending machines in local stores — selling bulk staples at affordable rates — before spliting the profits with the shopkeepers.

Bulgari to open 300th boutique this year

LVMH’s watch and jewellery flagship brand Bulgari is eyeing double digit growth in 2015, despite the lacklustre global luxury market.

Nike reaps rewards as shoppers trade up

Sportswear giant Nike has reported a stunning 16 per cent increase in quarterly net income as shoppers indulge in higher-margin products.

The Next best thing

UK fashion chain Next has posted a 12.5 per cent increase in annual profit after its sales reached their highest level ever.

Inditex sales, profit rise

Inditex same-store sales and profit growth each increased by 5% in 2014.

French Connection on comeback trail

UK fashion chain French Connection has reduced its full year loss as sales recover.