When hearing the story of Tom Ryder’s latest release, it’s easy to see he’s an artist with real heart. Not only is his latest single, ‘Silence Breaking Through Sound’, a thought provoking track about the important things in life, it was also recently released to raise funds for an excellent cause in Macmillan Cancer Care.
The song itself was inspired by a year in which two of the Ryder family were diagnosed with the disease, and how that news can change your perspective on life. Since then, Tom Ryder has been very grateful for the support show by Macmillan, and wanted to offer something in return.
Please support the single and the cause – which has already raised almost £3,000 – by visiting HERE
Written by Harry Dean
What’s happening in #retail & with brands – trends for w/e 26th June 2015 #retailtrends #retailnews #marketingweek #eventmagazine
– Debenhams have reported a 0.4% increase in group gross transaction value (GTV) sales for the 15 weeks to 13 June 2015. Group like-for-like sales remained flat while online sales increased by 16.7% for the same period.
– Holland & Barrett have reported a 5.5% increase in sales to £368.8m for the year to September 2014. Pre-tax profits were reported at £89.5m for the same period. (Source Retail Bulletin)
– John Lewis have reported an 11.8% increase in sales for the week to 20 June 2015. Fashion, Home and Electricals & Home Technology sales increased by 13.3%, 13.6% and 8.7% respectively. Sales at johnlewis.com increased by 22.0%.
– Superdrug have reported a 4.8% increase in sales to £1.1bn for the 52 weeks to 27 December 2014. Pre-tax profits increased by 31.3% to £38m for the same period. (Source Retail Week)
– Tesco have reported a 1.3% decrease in group like-for-like sales (excluding petrol) for the 13 weeks to 30 May 2015. UK like-for-like declined by 1.3% for the same period.
– Waitrose have reported a 2.2% increase in sales (including petrol) for the week to 20 June 2015.
Like-for-like sales for lifestyle retailers rose by +6.1% this week – the strongest performance since w/e 15 March 2015. Fathers’ Day helped gifting retailers and department stores enjoy an exceptional upturn in like-for-likes: 44% of lifestyle retailers enjoyed double digit like-for-like sales increased this week – a higher proportion than any other week this year. Outdoor goods and sports retailers were the retailers who saw the most disappointing performances this week.
Fashion surged into positive territory this week, with like-for-like sales increasing by +2.5%. Although the increase is undoubtedly positive given slumping like-for-likes over recent weeks, there was significant polarisation within the results and Fathers’ Day clearly had an impact here, too: womenswear specialists and budget retailers were generally outperformed by designer retailers and retailers which cater for the male market.
After surpassing the other categories most weeks, homewares like-for-likes rose by just +1.3% this week with home furnishings and furniture outperforming home improvement and DIY stores.
Non-store sales saw a significant boost this week, with like-for-likes rising by +36.2% – the best performance for over two months. Designer fashion and lifestyle gifting retailers performed the best this week with specialist womenswear retailers generally performing the worst. Some retailers told us that online sales peaked midweek as consumers sought to purchase Fathers’ Day gifts.
Clothing, Footwear & Accessories
– Club Monaco have announced plans to open a 2,000 sq. ft. store at Londons Seven Dials in October 2015. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
– Debenhams have announced plans to enter into partnership with Patisserie Valerie, Chi Kitchen and BHS lighting, for opening in-store dining options in their stores. (Source: Retail Gazette)
– East have announced plans to close their 19 stores and five concessions across UK after entering into administration. (Source: Retail Week)
– Fat Face have announced plans for opening a 2,500 sq. ft. store at Woking Shoppings Peacocks Centre, in Autumn 2015. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
– Hackett London have opened their new 2,700 sq. ft. store at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. (Source: Drapers)
– Marks & Spencer have announced plans to close down nine of their stores and redeployment of the staff at these stores. (Source: Retail Week)
– Pep & Co. have announced plans to open a store at Redhills Belfry shopping centre in August 2015, as a part of their plan to roll out fifty stores in just eight weeks from July. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
– Supergroup have appointed Nick Wharton as their Chief Financial Officer on permanent basis. He has served as interim Chief Financial Officer since February 2015. (Source: Reuters)
Electrical & Entertainment
– The Entertainer have appointed Mark Campbell, as their interim Finance Director. (Source: Company Press Release)
– Brighthouse have announced plans to open 140 small-format satellite stores, after their successful trial in Scotland. (Source: Retail Week)
– HMV have announced plans to open 80 concessions in Tesco stores in Ireland, by the end of 2015, offering music, DVDs and games based on the stock in HMVs own stores. (Source: Independent)
Food & Drink
– Booker have appointed Stewart Gilliland as their new Non-Executive Chairman, replacing Richard Rose, who will step down from the role on 08 July 2015. (Source: Company Press Release)
– Heineken, the company behind the Tequila-flavoured Desperados, is to launch a rum-flavoured spirit-beer range into the UK under its Foster’s brand. (Source: Just Drinks)
– Sainsburys have announced that their Business Development Director, Helen Buck, will step down with effect from 31 July 2015. John Rogers, their current Chief Financial Officer, will assume the responsibility for Business Development. (Source: Company Press Release)
According to a report from Savills, jewellery brands led the way for sales growth in UK shopping centres in the first quarter of 2015. The category saw a sales increase of 12% in Q1 2015 with a rise of 7.2% over the last 12 months. Other categories showed strong sales growth in the Q1 2015 included sporting goods at 5%, food and beverages at 4.7%, and childrenswear and value retail, both at 2.7%. While categories that showed the biggest declines in Q1 2015 were music, books, games and DVDs, where sales declined by 8.2%, and pawnbrokers, department stores, and grocery stores where sales fell by 7.7%, 6.7% and 5.7% respectively.
– Ikea have announced plans to test a new retail format in UK, order and collection points at their Norwich store, starting Autumn 2015. (Source: The Guardian)
– John Lewis have announced plans to sell mobile contracts in partnership with Vodafone from their retail stores, with effect from early July 2015. (Source: Retail Gazette)
– Tiger have opened their new store at Eagle Walk, Centre:mk in Milton Keynes, taking the number of Tiger stores in UK to 45. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
Courtesy of ‘Barclays‘
It’s 2015, the year Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future Part II, and therefore perfect timing for someone to launch a real, working hoverboard – or at least an opportunity for a bit of positive PR.
Step up to the plate, Lexus. The luxury car maker has released a video “announcing” a functional hoverboard. But hold on just a second – you won’t be tearing down the pavements on this bad boy any time soon.
Lexus says the hoverboard uses liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to stay about an inch off the ground, meaning it will only work on a metal surface. It’s a similar story to Hendo’s board, announced last year.
Still, it does actually work, says Lexus, even though we don’t see anyone in the video riding it. Expect to see more footage of it in action soon:
Courtesy of ‘Tech Radar‘