Boohoo on Monday confirmed that it has bought the Debenhams brand for £55m. It will use it to move into beauty and homewares, extend its own brand offering, operate a giant online marketplace and grow internationally.
The beauty conglomerate has announced the promotion of Stéphane Delbos, senior vice president for transformation, indirect and procurement operations, to the role of chief procurement officer, effective February 1, 2021.
Selfridges weathered the 2020 storm, despite enduring the toughest retail year in decades. That’s according to company chief Anne Pitcher who admitted that it was the “most difficult” period in its 113 years.
In 2020, in the midst of a health crisis, beauty and wellness brand Rituals will have inaugurated a 1,500 square metre flagship store and around 40 other stores. This strategy has enabled it to maintain modest growth.
The Hut Group continued to outperform in the fourth quarter with the company saying on Tuesday that it saw revenue growth of 51% year-on-year, much better than the range of 40% to 45% that it had predicted earlier.
Boots has been a drain on its parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance for a while and although WBA said on Thursday that the group’s Q1 trading was better than expected, the UK operation continued to struggle.