The two recent bank holiday weekend’s have had a significantly negative impact on sales at John Lewis department stores. Figures released today reveal that trading at John Lewis fell 9.2 per cent year-on-year in the seven days to April 30th 2011, with all stores more than 12 months old reporting a drop in sales compared to the same period last year.
Department store Debenhams announced today that it will be carrying out bra fittings for women live in the store windows of its Oxford Street branch.
The fittings will take place every hour from 10am, as part of a movement towards eliminating the embarrassment felt by women towards getting fitted.
Update 6th May:
Owner of online home and garden products retailer The Range, Chris Dawson, has expressed an interest in purchasing the threatened Focus DIY business, it has emerged today
Retail Gazette have just carried the following announcement :
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Copeland Borough Council have arranged for ‘The Shop Doctor’ to spend a day in May evaluating the retail scene in Millom as part of an excercise to help revitalise trading opportunities.
Following the day visiting the key retail areas The Shop Doctor will present an evening Masterclass detailing his thoughts about the visual impact that Millom retailers make on their customers, and recommending cost effective routes to develop business performance.
Shops in Gawsworth, Cholmondeley and Sutton have already been visited enabling the Shop Doctor to evaluate issues impacting on business performance and helping identify cost effective solutions to develop sales.
Each of the shops provides a bespoke service to its local community from the one month old (and extremely well presented) community shop operating with a paid manager and 23 volunteers in Gawsworth to the superbly equipped and stocked Farm Shop at Cholmondeley and the wide convenience offering at Sutton Lane Ends.
6 April 2011 was the first Common Commencement Date (CCD) of 2011. This event, which happens twice a year, is where key government departments issue new regulations and make changes to existing ones. Some of these changes simplify existing legislation for businesses.
Business Link is committed to providing the latest news and relevant information for your business. For your convenience, they have summarised the key points of the changes and the action you may need to take in order to comply.
‘Shop Doctor’ Bill Smith has recently been working with Cheshire East Council advising 22 retailers across Nantwich , Middlewich and Sandbach how to improve their retail vitality.
A ‘Let’s Talk Shop Retail Masterclass’ was also delivered which challenged those attending to think about how they present their businesses and what they could achieve by implementing some simple changes.
The visits were the first phase of a programme that will see more ‘Shop Doctor’ activity in Cheshire East over the coming months.