After the flood of Black Friday advertisements and mailings, it may be hard for Americans to imagine that there’s a place on earth where the Christmas season matters more to retailers than the U.S. There is: Britain.
Three decades after it started doing business with suppliers in Bangladesh, Hennes & Mauritz AB is seeking greater control of production in a nation where it is among the largest purchasers of clothing.
Marks & Spencer Group Plc reported the smallest decline in general-merchandise sales in more than two years, signaling that a new women’s clothing collection may be helping the U.K.’s largest clothing retailer regain shoppers.
Dan Thomas looks up at the rain clouds hovering above St. Paul’s cathedral in London and then smiles approvingly at the two golf umbrellas he’s just bought for 5 pounds ($8) from a branch of Sports Direct.
Tesco Plc is investing 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) revamping its U.K. stores, with a focus on getting families to linger and spend more. Some mothers would rather their kids not go in them at all because of the men’s magazines on display there.