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Marimekko has tough Q1 as Covid-19 and calendar shifts affect key markets

Marimekko has tough Q1 as Covid-19 and calendar shifts affect key markets

Marimekko was hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Q1, but its investment in its digital operations paid off during March and the firm's stores have started to reopen.
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Finalists announced for Redress Design Awards 2020

Finalists announced for Redress Design Awards 2020

Ten zero-waste and upcycling experts from nine regions will vye for the menswear and womenswear awards in the Grand Final taking place in September 2020 in Hong Kong.
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Cannes travel retail show cancelled as duty free reels from air travel halt

Cannes travel retail show cancelled as duty free reels from air travel halt

The Tax Free World Association has cancelled its flagship World Exhibition that was due to take place in Cannes in September and October.
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Studio lures Dixons Carphone director to run trading unit

Studio lures Dixons Carphone director to run trading unit

The value-focused e-tailer has poached Rupert Nichols from Dixons Carphone to be its new trading director. The appointment is part of a strategy to improve the company's retail profitability.
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IDA launches innovation fund to support Covid-19 projects

IDA launches innovation fund to support Covid-19 projects

International Design Awards (IDA) and European Product Design Awards (ePDA) have introduced a new $2,000 grant to support the creation of fashionable and reusable PPE.
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Ikea says visitors returning fast to reopened shopping centres in China and Germany

Ikea says visitors returning fast to reopened shopping centres in China and Germany

Ikea's main retail vehicle said on Friday shoppers were returning quickly to its shopping centres after it reopened three in China last week, and one in Germany this week - its first fourth to open after closures.
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Altuzarra and Etsy partner for limited-edition home decor collection

Altuzarra and Etsy partner for limited-edition home decor collection

The collection features a variety of home goods designed and crafted in partnership between Altuzarra and eight Etsy sellers from around the globe, including throw pillows, candlestick holders, pet beds, vases and more.
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Cath Kidston buyer agrees to pay UK staff for April

Cath Kidston buyer agrees to pay UK staff for April

Cath Kidston has agreed to pay UK staff money they were owned for this month after an outcry over the redundancy of 900 workers shortly before payday. The  firm had originally said they wouldn’t be paid for April.
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Ikea opens half of stores in Israel after lockdown eased

Ikea opens half of stores in Israel after lockdown eased

Ikea, the world’s biggest furniture brand, opened three of its six stores in Israel on Wednesday after the government started to gradually ease its coronavirus lockdown.
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Gordon Brothers buys Laura Ashley brand a week after selling Bench

Gordon Brothers buys Laura Ashley brand a week after selling Bench

The Laura Ashley brand has been bought out of administration by US investment firm Gordon Brothers, a company known for turning brands around. 
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John Lewis e-sales surge but totals drop, strategic review accelerates

John Lewis e-sales surge but totals drop, strategic review accelerates

The UK department store chain has warned that sales could fall by as much as 35% this year as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.
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Ikea aims to start reopening stores in Europe in May

Ikea aims to start reopening stores in Europe in May

Ikea store owner Ingka Group aims to start reopening shops in Europe in May after closures and sliding demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic slashed group sales by 60%, its chief executive said.
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Furnishing retailer Dunelm gets access to coronavirus funding scheme

Furnishing retailer Dunelm gets access to coronavirus funding scheme

Home furnishings retailer Dunelm said on Thursday it was eligible to access funds under the government's Covid Corporate Financing Facility, as it drew down all available credit to see it through the coronavirus crisis.
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Angela Missoni prepping in the pandemic for next season

Angela Missoni prepping in the pandemic for next season

Keeping any business alive these days is no easy task, doubly so for a family business like Missoni. We caught up with Angela Missoni, creative director and daughter of the founder Rosita, for her take.
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Pinterest launches new Pinterest Shop edit dedicated to small businesses, sustainable brands

Pinterest launches new Pinterest Shop edit dedicated to small businesses, sustainable brands

Pinterest is encouraging its over 300 million users to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pendemic via a new collection on the Pinterest Shop, curated to spotlight sustainable brands and small businesses. 
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John Lewis launches virtual experiences

John Lewis launches virtual experiences

Launching this month, the free virtual nursery, home and styling appointments build on the retailer’s promise to improve its customer experience and deliver more personalised shopping services.
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