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A rendering of the first combined Uniqlo and Theory space that will open in spring 2022 on Regent Street in London.

Retail

Highs and Lows on the U.K. High Street as Retailers Return to Business

Uniqlo and Theory are moving into a new space on Regent Street, but some 1,000 job cuts are looming at John Lewis Partnership, which is slimming down its management structure and putting the focus on customer-facing staff.

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Atmosphere in London as the shops re-open.

Retail

‘Old Habits Will Return:’ U.K. Businesses Lay Groundwork for Recovery

Even before nonessential retail opened on April 12, businesses were doing deals, rethinking commercial spaces and preparing for a surge in post-pandemic demand.

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Paris Hilton Co-designs Boohoo.com Collection

Business Features

A Boohoo Boom: The Online Giant Can’t Stop Buying U.K. Fashion Brands

Boohoo is buying up the U.K. high street and its stable of brands is growing by the week. With millions of pounds in cash on its balance sheet, there are likely more acquisitions to come.

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Boohoo has bought the final three brands from the defunct Arcadia Group, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton.

Business Features

Boohoo Buys Last of Arcadia Brands: Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton

Just weeks after snapping up the British department store chain Debenhams, Boohoo dipped into its purse once again buying more fashion brands aimed at an older demographic.

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Business Features

Asos, Boohoo and Next: Britain’s New Retail Rulers

Online giants with deep pockets will alter the shape of the British high street as they snap up ailing brick-and-mortar chains, and recast the retail experience.

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Jaeger Store Marylebone

Mergers and Acquisitions

Marks & Spencer Buys Clothing Label Jaeger Out of Administration

M&S will be Jaeger’s third owner in five years, and said the deal should be finalized later this month.

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Business

What 2020 Taught Fashion About Sustainability and Where to Go From Here

Marketing dollars may push sustainability claims but brands won’t go far without consumer trust in their eco efforts.

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A sign advertising the opening of Topshop in NY.

Financial

Australian Retailer Scoops Up Arcadia’s Plus-Size Brand Evans

Evans is the first Arcadia brand to be offloaded after the British group filed for bankruptcy in November.

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The Estée Lauder beauty hub at Debenhams

Business Features

Debenhams Collapses Hours After Arcadia Files for Bankruptcy

The ailing British department store chain has failed to find a buyer after filing for bankruptcy protection in early April, putting 12,000 jobs at risk.

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Philip Green

Business Features

Sir Philip Green: A Gambling Man

The tycoon who inhaled and exhaled retail and turned Topshop into one of the high street’s hottest names, has seen his empire evaporate in the space of a few years.

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A sign advertising the opening of Topshop in NY.

Fashion Features

Talking Topshop: A Timeline of Philip Green’s Adventures in Fashion

The once-mighty Topshop has fallen on hard times, and could have a new owner soon. Here, WWD takes a look at the rise and fall of a British retail player.

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A men's look from Ted Baker's new Made in Britain collection.

Fashion Features

Ted Baker Flies British Flag With Collection Made in London, Leicester

The collection coincides with the arrival of Anthony Cuthbertson as global creative director, a new role.

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Real Estate

Landlords Worldwide Approve AllSaints Retail Restructuring

The British retailer had been looking to strike a deal with its landlords to prevent store closures on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Retail

Arcadia Bosses Take Pay Cut, Furlough Staff as COVID-19 Bites

The group chief executive officer Ian Grabiner has elected to receive no salary or benefits until further notice.

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Legal

Arizona Court Dismisses Case Against Sir Philip Green

Green had been charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault.

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