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    New study says contactless card transactions will reach $2.5 trillion by 2021


    The value of global contactless card transactions will reach $2.5 trillion in 2021, up from $1.7 trillion in 2020, and cards will continue to account for the largest share of total transaction value in 2021, at 79 percent, according to a new report from U.K.-based market research firm Juniper Research ...

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    Görtz expands its e-commerce reach


    German footwear chain Görtz is further expanding its online presence with an accelerated overhaul of its retail strategy. Under the “Görtz Connected” concept, a cornerstone of the Hamburg-based company’s revamped digital-driven strategy consisting in enhancing its website with the opening of an online store for brand partners ...

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    ​Boohoo ties-up with Alshaya to expand Debenhams in Middle East


    Boohoo has formed a partnership with Kuwait-based Alshaya Group to expand the presence of the British fast fashion retailer’s Debenhams brand in the Middle East. Alshaya, a franchise operator which currently runs Debenhams stores in shopping malls, will have exclusive rights to operate the stores and ...

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    PacSun enters the sneaker resale market


    The American clothing brand Pacific Sunwear of California ( PacSun ) has entered the sneaker resale market with the initiative PS Reserve. The service was launched on July 5 and is accessible through PacSun’s website. It offers a mix of sneakers, clothing and accessories from leading brands including ...

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    John Lobb opens a store in Paris


    John Lobb has opened a club-like store, with interior design by the French firm Ciguë , at 51 rue François Premier in Paris. The brand’s CEO, Philippe Gonzalez , described it to Fashion Network as a “place and moment to cool down.” “Even if you don’t buy today,” ...

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    Besson to open 3 new stores on May 19


    The French footwear retailer Besson Chaussures is opening on May 19 three new stores, including its first in Paris. Besson’s stores are typically located in the outskirts of urban areas. The retailer currently has a network of 164 stores. The Parisian store will occupy 940 square meters and ...

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    Schuhplus expands retail network in Germany


    Schuhplus , the German mail-order retail specialist for extra-large men’s and women’s shoes, is expanding its retail network with six new store openings across the country. After the recent announcement of a 125-square-meter store in Leipzig’s main railway station, the retailer prepares to open new locations in Dresden, Munich, ...

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    Skechers to open its first French outlet store


    Skechers is planning to open its first outlet store in France this summer. The store will be located in Corbeil-Essones, south of Paris. The U.S. brand already has three company-managed shops and nine franchise stores in France.    

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    Eram to open stores co-branded with Texto and Bocage


    The French footwear retailer Eram has revamped four stores that will be co-branded with its low-to-mid tier brand Texto and premium label Bocage . The stores are scheduled to be launched on May 19 with the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures in France. Eram first tested a co-branded ...

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    Shoeaholics opens a huge store in London


    Shoeaholics , the discount brand of the British luxury footwear and accessories retailer Kurt Geiger , has opened a 25,000 square feet store in the Westfield London shopping center, located in White City, in west London. It claims that it is the largest footwear store in the U.K. ...

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    Ecco opens flagship store in Shanghai


    Danish footwear brand Ecco opened a new flagship store in Shanghai in April. The company said that physical stores remain an important and attractive sales channel for Ecco’s customers, although online shopping has become an essential part of the “new normal.” Additionally, life in Shanghai right now is not ...

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    Pretty Ballerinas opens 3rd store in China


    Pretty Ballerinas , which belongs to the Spanish company Mascaró , has opened its third store in China. The 53-square-meter store is located in the Shenyang MixC One mall in the city of Shenyang, in the northeast of the country. The brand already has stores in Beijing and Shanghai. ...

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    Russia appeals less to foreign brands


    A research by CBRE indicated that international brands have partly lost interest in the Russian market due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first quarter of 2021, only three fashion brands entered the country: Ecco Kids , Shikkosa and Accessorize . This is estimated to be the ...

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    Birkenstock opens 3rd U.S. store


    Birkenstock has opened its third U.S. store in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. “Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the perfect neighborhood to celebrate and interact with our brand fans in the area. It is a vibrant place unlike any other and serves a new generation of families and urban creatives,” said David ...

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    Lloyd Shoes opens a concept store in Vienna


    The German shoemaker Lloyd Shoes has opened an 88 square-meter concept store in Vienna’s central Kärntner Strasse. The store offers shoes, accessories and leather jackets for women and men. In order to build up brand awareness in Vienna, the company also created a Lloyd shop-in-shop in the Salamander ...

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    Aktiv Schuh’s restructuring plan is approved by creditors


    Less than nine months after Aktiv Schuh filed for bankruptcy, creditors unanimously approved its restructuring plan. As the Berlin-based company’s reorganization is about to be completed, Aktiv Schuh - a 120-year-old family business that employs around 200 people - expects self-administration proceedings to be lifted this month. On ...

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    Most consumers have changed shopping habits with the pandemic


    In its latest Fast-Moving Consumer Goods ( FMCG ) Report 2021 , London-based data and analysis company YouGov surveyed more than 19,000 consumers in 17 markets worldwide to find out about their shopping behavior. The study reveals differences between the various markets, but also similarities. A 59 percent ...

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    Bavaria enforces a lockdown, England re-opens


    While Bavarian shoe stores were forced to close down again as of April 12, all types of non-essential retailers, including shoe stores, were allowed to re-open in England and Wales. The British Retail Consortium has estimated that non-food stores have lost some £27 billion (€31bn-$37bn) in sales from ...

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    ​Obuv Rossii’s profit slumped in 2020


    Obuv Rossii ’s revenues in 2020 decreased by 21.4 percent to 10.772 billion rubles (€119m-$140m) from 13.702 billion rubles (€152m-$179m) in 2019 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In April 2020, all the company’s stores were closed due to a pandemic-related lockdown and part of them opened in ...

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    H&M plans layoffs, store closures in Spain


    Hennes Mauritz ( H M ) intends to lay off more than 1,000 workers in Spain who are now under furlough due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Spanish union Comisiones Obreras ( CCOO ). The Swedish apparel retailer “informed employee representatives of ...