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And the (Christmas) results are in…

Published on 09 January 2018. By Henry Priestley, Partner

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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

04 December 2017

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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, Partner

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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, Associate

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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

26 September 2017

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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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Introducing our new commercial law briefings for retailers

Published on 11 September 2017. By Alyson Lloyd, Senior Associate

Introducing our new commercial law briefings for retailers

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Appification of Retail and Data Protection

22 August 2017

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The rise in online retail is seen by many as one of the key causes of the decline in footfall on the UK's high streets in recent years but the high street has been fighting back with its own innovative use of technology to help get more shoppers back into physical stores.

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Advertisement consent – five rules for retailers

26 July 2017

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A summary of advertisement control for retailers in England, including deemed consent provisions, applications, standard conditions and discontinuance orders.

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Retailers make hay while the sun shines

Published on 17 July 2017. By Henry Priestley, Partner

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Retailers make hay while the sun shines

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Election results a mixed bag for retailers

Published on 14 June 2017. By Karen Hendy, Head of Corporate and Charlotte Thompson, Associate

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The immediate impact of last week’s election was a mixed bag for retailers in the UK, with some share prices falling whilst others were on the up following the result.

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Business rate hikes about to hit retailers

08 February 2017

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Retailers are bracing themselves for increased property costs in the form of newly calculated business rates which take effect in April 2017.

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No Returns Following Supreme Court Ruling

04 February 2016

The Supreme Court has confirmed that save for exceptional circumstances it is reluctant to step in and imply a rent apportionment clause into a commercial lease.

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Mobile marketing – lessons learnt from Optical Express

15 January 2016

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Mobile marketing is an essential part of the marketing tool kit of most retailers.

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Don't blame it on the sunshine – the impact of weather on the retail industry

30 October 2015

The Met Office has recently published a report that considers the impact of weather on the retail industry (a copy is available here).

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Can omni-channel deliver a retail experience?

16 October 2015

Greater competition for a hassle-free retail experience is on the agenda for both internet only and bricks and mortar retailers.

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'Stand Up and Deliver' - the competition for same day delivery hots up

12 October 2015

Argos has become the first UK bricks and mortar retailer to offer shoppers same day delivery up to 10pm.

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Feast your eyes on this! ASOS and Wall's collaboration a trade mark success?

29 July 2015

Back in December 2014 Retail Therapy featured an article on the surprising collaboration between McDonalds and Moschino.

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Can concessions heal the high street?

Published on 02 June 2015. By Henry Priestley, Partner

Typically, concessions are used by retailers to incorporate third party brands into their retail space and broaden the range of products on offer to their target consumers.

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Fashioning a market – the impact of London Fashion Week on high street retailers

05 March 2015

London Fashion Week (LFW) has closed its doors once again for another 6 months before fashion's greatest and most celebrated designers return to showcase their S/S16 collection on 18 September 2015.

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High street consumers grant HMV a second chance

Published on 10 February 2015. By Henry Priestley, Partner

Music and entertainment retailer HMV has posted a 17.5 percent increase in sales for 2014, making it the UK's biggest seller of physical music and signalling a triumphant comeback following its decline into administration in 2013.

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Diva's trade mark fever – Rihanna bolsters brand with new applications

15 December 2014

Having already succeeded in protecting the use of her image in the English High Court Rihanna has now taken steps to broaden the protection of her brand with the filing of 12 separate trade mark applications at USPTO for the word FENTY in conjunction with other words including apparel, beauty, clothing and lingerie.

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Would you like fries with your happy deal? – Moschino and McDonalds unveil unlikely licensing deal

15 December 2014

When Italian fashion house Moschino unveiled their A/W 14 Collection it turned heads in an unlikely sector… the legal sector.

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A blue print for brand protection – CJEU approves Apple's trade mark for store layout

15 December 2014

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has recently held in Apple Inc v. Deutsche Patent-und Markenamt that the representation of a layout of a retail store may be registrable as a trade mark under Articles 2 and 3 of the Trade Marks Directive (Directive 2008/95/EC).

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