Issue : 1 September 2007
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The British Shops and Stores Association is to launch a sales monitor survey to provide independent retailers with a snapshot of trading patterns.
Womenswear independents are confident that the next few weeks' trading will make up for a poor summer, after encouraging early sales of autumn styles.
Bratz is revived with three storesSubscription
Kidswear mini-chain Bratz has been rescued from administration by owner Bahram Parinchy.
New recruits drive Start-rite revampSubscription
Kids' footwear brand Start-rite has bolstered its management team as it bids to step away from its back-to-school image.
Pure poised to bump up its footwear offeringSubscription
Contemporary womenswear show Pure will offer a bigger footwear area for next season in response to an increased interest in the category from buyers. The dedicated footwear area will include an extra 7,000 sq ft of space on the upper floor of the show to make room for new brands. The next edition of Pure takes place at Olympia in London on February 10-12 2007.
Hot Tuna has its eye on faster deliveriesSubscription
Boardsports brand Hot Tuna will speed up delivery times and cut its supply base as part of a rejig of its operations. The group will open a new sourcing office in Shanghai by the end of next month and will reduce design and manufacturing lead times by up to eight weeks.
Berkeley bolsters its team to fuel expansionSubscription
Retail recruitment firm Berkeley Search & Selection has appointed two senior consultants to help it expand into the travel, outlet, luxury, jewellery and cosmetics sectors. Davene Stirling and Nicole Pitt-Williams have joined as senior consultants in retail operations. Stirling worked in retail recruitment for two years, while Pitt-Williams has also spent several years in retail recruitment.
Organic sales reach £2 million as ethics kick inSubscription
Ethical clothing helped to push sales of organic product past the £2 billion mark last year, according to a report by the Soil Association. The Organic Market Report said consumers were concerned that crops such as cotton involve pesticide use, particularly in the developing world, and that workers are not protected against such chemicals.
London to host Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel showSubscription
Karl Lagerfeld is to show Chanel's pre-autumn 08 range in London in early December. The location is not yet known, but reports suggest the show will be staged in a gallery. Chanel's pre-collection launched in 2002.
High street retailers suffered a bleak bank holiday weekend as footfall dropped nearly 13% over the period.