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Tag: Life and style

Retailers sell clothes at half price in huge pre-Christmas discounts | Life and style

Retailers are offering bigger than ever pre-Christmas clothing discounts this year in an effort to win customers against a backdrop of consumer uncertainty, heavy competition and relatively mild weather. Average price cuts could top 50% by Christmas Eve for the first time according to the advisory firm Deloitte, which analysed more than 800,000 online and …

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Dr Martens: are things going wrong with the UK’s beloved brand? | Money

It was just a small question in our regular Consumer Champions column. Why, a reader asked, had her £170 Dr Martens boots fallen apart after just six months? The response was huge, with readers accusing the bootmaker of sacrificing quality, offshoring production and chasing profits under the ownership of a London-based private equity company a …

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Beckhams in £38m dividend payout despite profits plunge | Fashion

David and Victoria Beckham’s business empire has paid out £38m to its owners despite a near 90% fall in profits prompted by difficulties at the former Spice Girl’s fashion label. The former England footballer, the fashion entrepreneur and their business partner Simon Fuller paid themselves dividends of $21.5m (£16.7m) and £10.3m in May this year, …

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Black Friday sees sluggish start as more US consumers shop online | Business

The frenzy associated with Black Friday shopping was missing this year as US retailers offered earlier discounts and more consumers shopped online, though spot checks around the country showed traffic picked up after a sluggish morning. “It’s slow now because we had a big, big rush last night,” said Target electronics salesman Evan Houser, 22, …

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UK supermarkets ‘not transparent enough’ about pesticide use | Business

Many UK supermarkets are not being transparent with shoppers about the use of potentially harmful pesticides in their global supply chains, according to a report. In an analysis rating the top 10 retailers, Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) says some are not doing enough to protect human health and the environment from hazardous pesticides …

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Walmart offers Thanksgiving workers measly discount in place of holiday pay | Business

Thanksgiving and Black Friday mark the beginning of the festive season in the US, but Walmart workers are not feeling the cheer. The world’s largest retailer will not be offering staff extra pay for working some of the busiest days of the year. Instead they will be offered a discount to shop at their own …

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Why did my £170 Dr Martens split after just six months? | Money

I bought my daughter Dr Martens boots (Jadon platform) for Christmas last year – a hefty investment at £170 but worthwhile, I thought, as they are known to be hard wearing. Within six months holes appeared, including wide slits at the heels. The shop told us it was “wear and tear”. The slits were blamed …

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Louis Vuitton owner LVMH to buy Tiffany for $16bn | Business

LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury group, has agreed to buy Tiffany & Co, the US jeweller famed for its engagement rings and white diamond necklaces, in a $16.2bn (£12.6bn) deal. Bernard Arnault’s luxury goods empire, which includes brands such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Moët & Chandon, announced it would pay $135 a share …

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School uniform firm to sell only gender-neutral uniforms | Business

One of the oldest and largest independent providers of school uniforms in the UK will no longer market them for boys or girls. Instead, its uniforms will be promoted as gender neutral, even removing packaging if the colour signifies a gender divide. Stevensons has been selling uniforms since 1925 and serves more than 500 independent …

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M&S hire senior Tesco executive in effort to revive clothes brand | Business

Marks & Spencer has hired a senior Tesco executive to lead its latest attempt to reinvigorate its struggling clothing business. Richard Price, the head of Tesco’s F&F clothing and homewares label, has worked at M&S before. He spent seven years with the chain, rising to become menswear director, but left in 2012 after becoming disillusioned …

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