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The state of the high street

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With or Without Brexit, Next PLC Is Struggling to Stay in Fashion. John Lewis Partnership - Latest. Register to receive an alert service message when new weekly sales figures are added to our website.

John Lewis Partnership - Latest

Partnership weekly sales figures for last week (to 19 November) published on Tuesday 22 November 2016 Managing Director: Rob Collins Retail Director: Ben Stimson Total divisional sales, excluding fuel, were in line with last year (+0.0%). Customers are beginning to prepare for Christmas, with promotions driving sales of crackers, Christmas puddings and seasonal biscuit tins. Turkey and frozen party food sales were also up 15% and 28% respectively, as shoppers begin to pick up those all important festive food essentials. Strong Christmas homeware sales (+30%) helped drive Home & General Merchandise, with the category seeing growth of 12%.

Elsewhere, our own label bin liners have relaunched and are now made from 100% recycled plastic. Wim Van Aalst Supply Chain Director, Waitrose Retail Director: Mark Lewis In the week before Black Friday sales totalled £114.2m – a decrease of 2.6% on the year. Trendy Now, Trash Tomorrow. A pop up store opened by Greenpeace in Hong Kong gives away used clothes to the public for free, demonstrating shopping alternatives like swapping and second hand.

Trendy Now, Trash Tomorrow

Why is Slow Fashion So Slow to Catch On? We’ve all been there before (or know someone who has): We’re strolling through our neighborhood mall and our eyes catch a glimpse of glossy signs inviting us to escape into a land of cotton and polyester.

Why is Slow Fashion So Slow to Catch On?

Dresses $8.99! Sweaters $9.99! Jeans $14.99! Forbes Welcome. Retailers launch campaign to keep old clothes out of landfill. Britons are being urged to extend the life of their clothing to avoid 350,000 tonnes of garments worth an estimated £140m ending up in landfill.

Retailers launch campaign to keep old clothes out of landfill

High street fashion outlets including Tesco, M&S and Next, fashion designer Stella McCartney, recyclers and charities have joined forces to pledge a 15% reduction in carbon, water and waste going to landfill by 2020. In the tradition of the wartime Make Do and Mend campaign, the Love Your Clothes campaign will open up consumers' wardrobes to see what is lurking in them and how people can extend the life of their clothes, save money and keep them out of landfill. The campaign's research showed that British households were hanging on to £30bn worth of clothes which have not been worn in the last year, while 350,000 tonnes of clothing worth £140m is binned annually. The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothing and buys around £1,700 of clothes each year. Wrap chief executive, Liz Goodwin, said: "Clothes cost money. 6 Reasons the British High Street Is Struggling. LONDON, United Kingdom —Earlier this month, Marks and Spencer, the UK’s largest clothing retailer, recorded a 5.8 percent drop in sales of general merchandise (which includes clothing) for the quarter including Christmas, prompting chief executive Marc Bolland to resign.

6 Reasons the British High Street Is Struggling

Next, the UK’s second-largest clothing retailer, also fell short: full-price sales grew a meagre 0.4 percent for the two months ending 24 December, missing estimates by more than 5 percent. Both blamed the UK’s unusually mild winter, which stalled demand for seasonal clothing (M&S, in particular, has high shares in winter categories like knitwear and coats). But this excuse has its limits.

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BHS store closures: Filling the gaps on the High Street. The last BHS stores will close this weekend, bringing to an end nearly 90 years of British retail history.

BHS store closures: Filling the gaps on the High Street

BBC business correspondent Emma Simpson looks at what the closures will mean for our High Streets. They don't come much bigger than the BHS store on Edinburgh's Princes Street. Its three huge trading floors now lie eerily empty apart from the odd piece of furniture and signs. "It's an unusual building... as there weren't many purpose-built stores of that era [the 1960s]. A lot of what you can see was put here in the 1960s and that's very unusual - even the escalators [and] the lifts date back to that period," says Steve Spray from LaSalle Investment Management.

The company is leading the development of this 120,000 sq ft site on behalf of the owner.