Tag Archives: COVID-19

Local shops will be able to trade 24/7 over Christmas and January to recoup lockdown losses

The government is to allow local shops to trade around the clock in a move to support the retail industry and its bid to recoup some of the losses it has suffered during the pandemic, a cabinet minister has said. Communities secretary, Robert Jenrick has said he wanted to remove …

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Rise in shoppers planning to stay local this year, as “support for indies has never been so important”

With the Prime Minister’s confirmation that all non-essential shops will be able to reopen across England when the nation-wide lockdown lifts on December 2nd playing like music to many a retailer’s ears amid the essential Christmas shopping period, independent toy shops are rallying the message that ‘shopping local has never …

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Funko’s Loungefly brand sees sales surge and global growth of 25 per cent

While it’s true enough that the world’s pandemic crisis saw some of the biggest forms of live entertainment hit the pause button for the best part of the year, the likes of Disney’s portfolio of theme parks that draw all manner of pop culture enthusiasts year on year, the desire …

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Shoppers fuel sales growth in October but BRC warns that lockdown easing by December “is vital for survival”

Shoppers taking the opportunity to stock up on home comforts and food supplies ahead of the England-wide lockdown helped total retail sales increase 4.9 per cent in the four weeks to October 31, indicating some respite for the UK retailer hampered by coronavirus restrictions this year. Despite the lift – …

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Spring Fair 2021 cancelled and replaced with Spring Fair @ Home virtual event

Hyve Group has confirmed that Spring Fair 2021 is cancelled. In line with the latest UK Government restrictions on the reopening of business conferences and exhibition halls, the show’s organisers have announced that Spring Fair will not be taking place in 2021. The home and gift retail show traditionally takes …

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Sainsbury’s to close 420 Argos stores amid plans to save £600 million by 2024 and meet changing consumer habits

A total of 420 standalone Argos stores are to be closed by March 2024, the super market giant and owner of the Argos store brand, Sainsbury’s has confirmed, amid news that it is to cut 3,500 jobs across its portfolio. The retail giant’s boss Simon Roberts said that the move …

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The Entertainer partners with Mattel to bring a virtual Christmas grotto experience to children this year

The family-owned high street toy retailer, The Entertainer, has teamed up with Mattel to create a virtual grotto experience for children missing out this Christmas due to the coronavirus pandemic. With government restrictions, lockdowns, and social distancing measures taking experiences and events off the table this year, the pair are …

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The London Stationery Show confirms new May dates for 2021

The London Stationery Show will be making its return in 2021, taking up a new summer slot across May 18th and 19th at the Business Design Centre. Exhibitions in the UK have been halted over the course of the pandemic and were originally due to resume in October. The government …

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Funko sees 14 per cent sales dip but CEO Brian Mariotti praises global team in a ‘challenging 2020’

Despite a decrease of 14 per cent in net sales in its third quarter financials year on year, Funko’s CEO Brian Mariotti has praised the efforts of the pop culture specialist’s international teams in its executions throughout a challenging 2020, and believes the firm is ‘well-positioned for the Holiday season’ …

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Lockdown II: Primark expects further loss of £375m in sales after initial shop closures cause 60 per cent slump

Store closures at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic have seen sales and profit at the international retailer, Primark slump by as much as 60 per cent as reported in its full year financials ending September 12 2020. The value retailer has seen adjusted operating profit plunge to £362 million, …

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