business
Dear Clintons, Congratulations on Scraping into 2020

The managers of Clintons [née Cards] are lighting a few Yankee Candles and inflating a 25-pack of Stars Assorted Colours Latex Balloons in the office today, in celebration of a complicated bit of financial manoeuvring that's let the business avoid bankruptcy and having to send out 2,500 "Sorry You're Leaving" cards to all of its UK employees. Read More >>

shopping
John Lewis Trials Adult Playshop Concept

John Lewis has had an idea about how to make its cavernous retail caves a bit more enjoyable for the everyday shopper, and is to begin testing a range of "experience playground" options in the Southampton branch. Read More >>

shopping
Argos Shrinks to Become a Desk in a Corner of Sainsbury’s

Retail stalwart Argos is the latest victim of outlet downsizing, but it's not going to disappear from the high street altogether just yet. Brand owner Sainsbury's is planning to close between 60 and 70 standalone Argos branches over the next year or two, and will instead begin hosting them as miniature concessions within its supermarkets. Read More >>

shopping
Yes There Are Still Plenty of Shops to Shut on the High Street

Stats tracking the continuing death of the UK's high streets show that 2019 has been an on-message zinger of a year thus far, with 2,870 shops closing across the country's 500 busiest high streets this year. Read More >>

amazon
Report: Amazon Facing Antitrust Probe in the EU Over Its Use of Marketplace Merchant Data

The European Union is planning an antitrust investigation into e-commerce giant Amazon over its treatment of third-party merchants that rely on the company’s marketplace to sell goods, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Read More >>

Tesco
Tesco is Looking Into Amazon Go-Style Stores That Cut Down on Human Interactions While Shopping

Tesco knows you hate interacting with its staff, and so it's opening a store without them. Read More >>

business
The Money Shop Shuts Because Everyone Hates it

427 staff serving in more than 100 branches of The Money Shop – which recently pivoted from payday loan provider to a more traditional classic pawnbroker operation – are facing redundancy, as the chain literally surrenders under the weight of negative public opinion. Read More >>

amazon
Amazon Rides in to Save the High Street it Previously Destroyed in Series 2, Episode 6

Amazon has seen an opportunity for growth in the UK, seeing as rents are cheap out there on the high street beneath decaying signs that say things like "Maplin" and "BHS," and is backing the opening of 10 pop-up shops to test the public's appetite for carrying their new stuff home with them like in the old days. Read More >>

shopping
Debenhams is Saved, But Might Still Have to Sell to Sports Direct

Good news for anyone who likes to buy makeup, sweets, fancy clothes and cast-iron pans all at the same time: Debenhams has figured out a refinancing deal with its lenders, and won't have to close. Read More >>

retail
Amazon’s Found a Space For Its First Amazon Go Shop in the UK

It's always nice to hear that some new shops are still opening in the middle of this quagmire of high street doom. Shopping behemoth Amazon, which has been accused of ruining the high street many times, has apparently acquired a space in London for its first UK branch of Amazon Go. Read More >>

retail
Patisserie Valerie Rescued By Not-Sports-Direct

Someone is icing a huge sponge cake with the words "THANK FUCK" as we speak, because Patisserie Valerie has been saved. Read More >>

HMV
shopping
Sports Direct Founder in Talks to Buy HMV

Eventually, the British High Street will consist entirely of Pret and Sports Direct. Read More >>

books
New Book Shops Seem to Be Actually… Opening

Stats counting the number of independent book shops operating in the UK show something odd. They show that there are more independent book shops in the UK now than there were a year ago, despite the mainstream media telling us repeatedly that the high street is dead. Read More >>

amazon
Amazon’s Experiment in Getting Rid of Cashiers Said to Expand to Larger Test Stores

E-commerce titan Amazon—not exactly known as a place that appreciates having to deal with human employees, and that in fact would seem to rather replace many of them with nightmarish robotic jellyfish—is reportedly expanding its tests of cashier-less stores to include larger retail environments, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Read More >>

black friday
‘Vast Majority’ of Black Friday Deals Aren’t Actually Cheaper, Says Which?

We've been feverishly publishing the latest Black Friday deals with the best of 'em, because we know you love a bargain as much as we do. Read More >>