Category: Economy

Havens website (22 Apr 2013) 0

“The high street needs to adapt and evolve”: Retailer Q&A with Havens department store


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The traditional, independent department store has been a fixture of the British high street for generations – yet look around, and you could be forgiven for...

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Clas Ohlson website (15 Feb 2013) 1

Clas Ohlson bucks the trend as winter ranges drive UK sales up 7% during January


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On the same day as the ONS has revealed an unexpected fall in UK retail sales during a snowy January, one retailer – the Swedish hardware...

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HMV, South Shields (18 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Four North East stores to go in first wave of HMV closures


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As you may well have seen last week, four North East locations are among the 66 loss-making HMV stores that will close within the next couple...

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Nipper logo at HMV in Coventry (7 Feb 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Nipper on the brink: is there a future for HMV, and do we care?


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If reports tonight are to be believed, it looks like the 92-year-old entertainment retailer HMV could collapse into administration tomorrow (Tuesday 15 January), putting around 235 stores and...

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HMV Newcastle (11 Jun 2010). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

As HMV struggles, just how important is the pre-Christmas trading period for retailers?


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Eighteen months on from securing a £220m refinancing ‘lifeline’, HMV’s warning today that it is likely to breach its banking covenants in January and April has...

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Clintons, St Helens (10 May 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

The missing wow factor behind Clintons’ collapse


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As one of the biggest recent retail administrations – in terms of both the jobs (8,000) and stores (767) that are at risk – it’s...

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Clas Ohlson, Reading (19 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Clas Ohlson pushes social media and confirms UK transactional website launch


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish hardware retailer, has revealed that it is pushing on with plans for a UK transactional website, with an expected launch in the spring....

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La Senza closing down in Newcastle (2 Jan 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 11

What does 2012 hold for Newcastle city centre?


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Since this is my first post of 2012, I must begin by wishing all Soult’s Retail View readers a very Happy New Year! Thank you...

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Tesco in Eger, Hungary (15 Jul 2006). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Has Britain fallen out of love with Tesco?


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Today’s release of fairly weak UK trading figures from Tesco – where like-for-like sales, excluding petrol and VAT, fell by 0.5% in the first half...

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TJ Hughes, Sunderland (7 Sep 2009). Photograph by Graham Soult 6

Habitat, HomeForm, TJ Hughes: why is it H-H-Hell on the high street?


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It’s hard to dispute that the last couple of weeks has been a torrid time for the UK high street, with a succession of well-known...

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