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Retail Therapy

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Reality Retail

Published on 16 February 2018. By Amelia Cave, Associate and Ben Harris, Trainee Solicitor

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Continuing its trend of introducing disruptive innovations to the retail market, Amazon recently opened its first checkout-free supermarket, 'Amazon Go', to the public. In light of this, we thought we would take a look at some of the other retailers using innovative technology to revitalise their bricks and mortar offering.

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And the (Christmas) results are in: Part II

Published on 17 January 2018. By Henry Priestley, Senior Associate and Umut Bektas, Trainee Solicitor

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Since our previous update many retail companies across the UK have posted their festive financials with several big retailers posting disappointing Christmas results.

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Our latest set of retail law 'Snapshots' are now available

Published on 15 January 2018. By Alyson Lloyd, Senior Associate and Jonathan Greenway, Trainee Solicitor

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Each Snapshot focuses on the key questions: What's the development? Why does it matter? And what should you be doing about it.

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RPC Retail Compass: navigating future change

Published on 12 January 2018. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Karen Hendy, Head of Corporate

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We are delighted to present the 2018 Q1 and Q2 edition of RPC Retail Compass.

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And the (Christmas) results are in…

Published on 09 January 2018. By Henry Priestley, Senior Associate and Umut Bektas, Trainee Solicitor

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The focus of last year's post-Christmas update was Next's post-Christmas profit warning. This year however it was largely good news for the retailer as they reported that sales in the 54 days to 24 December 2017 were up by 1.5% compared to the same period in 2016. This is against Next's expectation in November 2017 that sales would fall by 0.3% for the period.

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Luxury brands: The tale of selective distribution systems and online platform restrictions

Published on 19 December 2017. By Lambros Kilaniotis, Partner and Melanie Musgrave, Senior Associate

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In the much awaited Coty preliminary ruling, the European Court of Justice (the "ECJ") has confirmed that, subject to certain conditions, luxury goods manufacturers can employ selective distribution systems to preserve the luxury image of their products and can prohibit their authorised distributors from utilising third-party online sales platforms.

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Changes to business rates calculations are good news for retailers

Published on 04 December 2017. By Johanna Hall, Senior Associate

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The government announced two changes to business rate annual increases in the Autumn budget, moving from RPI to CPI in April 2018 (rather than 2020 as originally proposed) and shortening the revaluation cycle. It is good to see that the government has listened to concerned businesses but will the changes go far enough?

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Not Fazed –September Sales and Consumer Confidence Defy Expectations

Published on 18 October 2017. By Henry Priestley, Senior Associate and Jani Ihalainen, Paralegal

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Building on the positive sales figures at the end of the summer period, which we discussed in an earlier article, retailers have kept the momentum going in September.

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Instant Retail Therapy

Published on 16 October 2017. By Karen Hendy, Head of Corporate and Nadia Tymkiw, Trainee Solicitor

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ASOS Instant, the same-day delivery service launched by ASOS last week, reflects the growing momentum of "fast shopping", where the ultimate consumer experience is effortless and almost instantaneous.

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Luxury fast fashion

Published on 26 September 2017. By Amelia Cave, Associate and Lorcan Treacy, Trainee Solicitor

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The world of high-end fashion has relied on a stable business model for decades; luxury collections are previewed at major fashion events, anticipation builds and then up to six months later products actually go on sale. But it was clear from last week's London Fashion Week that the luxury fashion model is changing as some brands seek to take advantage of consumer demand for fast fashion.

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