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Indie Insight: The Toy Centre talks the current spike in traditional and outdoor toys

The Toy Centre is a family-run online retailer that believes in the power of traditional toys. When lockdown first hit the UK, it was a belief system that paid dividends; a combination of the hot spell that baked the country and the closure of schools across the UK, drove sales …

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Boots to cut 4,000 jobs and John Lewis to close eight of its 50 stores amid Covid-19 fallout

The UK retailer, Boots is to cut 4,000 jobs, its parent company Walgreen Boots Alliance has announced, having been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures. The company said it will cut around seven per cent of its UK workforce. According to Walgreens, sales at Boots have plunged …

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John Lewis to close eight of its 50 stores with 1,300 job losses

John Lewis is to permanently close eight of its 50 stores, the retailer has detailed this morning, in a move that will include major outlets in Birmingham and Watford. It’s been reported that the closure will result in the loss of around 1,300 jobs. All four of the group’s smaller …

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The Entertainer is building an Early Learning Centre licensing portfolio with Riverside Brands

The UK’s family owned high street toy retailer, The Entertainer has partnered with Riverside Brands to lead its brand extension strategy for Early Learning Centre. Under the new partnership, both the Happyland and core ELC brand will look to build out wider brand extensions into categories such as apparel, nightwear, …

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Footfall ‘surges by more than a third’ in towns and cities across England

Footfall in towns and cities across England has surged by more than a third compared to the previous week, a result of what has been dubbed as ‘Super Saturday’ and the opening of pubs, restaurants, and bars, according to the latest data from Springboard. Retailers have recorded an increase in …

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Britain’s Best Small Shops 2020 adds new category for retailers innovating amid COVID-19

The Independent Retailers’ Confederation, a group of multi-sector trade organisations representing over 100,000 indie retailers throughout the UK, has announced a special category in its search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020. The Best Small Shops Competition relaunches post lockdown on Independents’ Day, Saturday 4th July, celebrating the …

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Hyve confirms cancellation of Autumn Fair this year; replaces with virtual event

Hyve, the organising team behind Autumn Fair, has confirmed the cancellation of this year’s home and gift retail industry show. The announcement arrives following speculation that the show was to be called off owing to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures and laws around …

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Harrods and John Lewis will cut hundreds of jobs as coronavirus crisis impacts UK retail

Both Harrods and John Lewis have detailed their intentions to cut hundreds of UK jobs in response to the coronavirus crisis. According to reports, Harrods is planning to cut as much as 14 per cent of its 4,800 strong workforce, while John Lewis Partnership has stated that some of its …

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The Entertainer launches first store in Malaysia with more to come in 2021

Multi-platform toy shop, The Entertainer is growing its international footprint once more, this time with the launch of its first outlet in the Far East. In partnership with Kim Jin Joo Bhd, the retailer has set foot down in Malaysia’s own Sunway Pyramid. This is the latest move to cement …

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UK shopping centre owner Intu is on the brink of administration

The UK shopping centre owner, Intu has indicated it is on the verge of appointing administrators after discussions with its creditors were stalled. The struggling business had been hamstrung by a $4.5bn debt over the past year, but in recent weeks and months has been hammered by the impact of …

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