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Estee Lauder Asia sales rose 24 per cent in latest quarter

Estee Lauder Asia Pacific sales rose 24 per cent in the latest quarter – a stark contrast to the cosmetics giant’s US performance, where revenue fell 6 per cent.

EuroShop 2020: From clicks to bricks

For years, media headlines have declared the death of the high street at the hands of e-commerce. But while several well-known retailers have indeed shut up shop or cut back on store numbers, a growing number of digitally native brands are investing in bricks-and-mortar spaces to complement and support their online offer. At the last EuroShop, the World´s No. 1 Retail Trade Fairtrade, were already first signs that pure player a…

Nike sells Hurley to Bluestar Alliance

Nike has agreed to sell its Hurley brand to Bluestar Alliance.

Nordstrom opens in New York, and Burberry takes prime position

US department store Nordstrom has opened a 320,000sqft store in the world’s tallest residential building, Central Park Tower in New York.

Lego is mulling a rental service as part of a sustainability push

Danish toymaker Lego will potentially introduce a brick rental option to address plastic waste.

Starbucks will accept Bitcoin from next year

Global coffee chain Starbucks is now on track to accept payments in the world’s best-known cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.

The secret to % Arabica’s success: consistency and focus

Kyoto-based coffee chain % Arabica opened its first store in London this month – and it plans 70 more within the next year.

Macy’s move seals the fate of fur in fashion, says analyst

Efforts to eliminate animal fur in fashion continue to accelerate as cities and even US states are joining brands and retailers in banning its use.

Vans, The North Face parent reports huge sales growth in China

VF Corporation – parent of brands including Vans and The North Face – says sales in China soared 20 per cent in the September quarter.

Galeries Lafayette on expansion spree in China, to open 10 stores

French department store Galeries Lafayette says it plans to capitalise on Chinese consumer spending by opening 10 stores in the country by 2025.

H&M unveils small format store in Berlin, tests rentals

Fashion retailer H&M has opened a new ‘hyper-local flagship’ in Berlin’s creative Mitte Garden district.

China’s Tan Mujiang opens first US flagship store

Chinese wooden-comb manufacturer Tan Mujiang has continued its international expansion with the opening of its first flagship store in the US.