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Bluewater set to become nation’s largest shopping centre
Photo credit: Lend Lease Corp. New plans to extend Kent’s shopping centre by 375,000 sq ft could see Bluewater become the UK’s largest shopping centre. Bluewater owners Lend Lease will begin public consultation for the extension in September, with a full application submitted later this year.

A panoramic view of Bluewater Shopping Centre

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Aldi to create up to 3,000 new jobs for Britain
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The value-driven supermarket chain is set to add 3,000 new jobs in Britain over the next year as it continues to gain market share from rivals. Aldi, which operates over 9,000 stores worldwide, has said it will be hiring across all levels of its business as it looks to expand the number of outlets in the UK.

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London Waterloo set to become ‘destination’ station with 38 new stores

London’s Waterloo station on Tuesday opened its new balcony retail concept, as owners Network Rail look to improve passenger experience at one of Britain’s busiest stations. The 220m balcony, the longest of any British station, today opened seven of its stores, with Yo! Sushi, Fat Face, Hotel Chocolat, Links of London, Thomas Pink, Oliver Bonas and the first station outlet for Joules opening their doors to the public.

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Fairtrade sales continue to grow despite downturn

Sales of Fairtrade goods rose by 12 per cent in the UK for 2011, despite drastic cutbacks to consumer spending. Although many of the UK’s shoppers are looking to cut corners and bag a bargain for their weekly shop, signs that Fairtrade products are now a staple part of our baskets have become clear, as UK sales of Fairtrade items match the rate of global growth.

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JD Sports adds more stores to French expansion
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JD Sports has revealed details of its French expansion strategy as it adds another Parisian store to its portfolio. The sports retailer has leased a new store in the Bay 2 shopping centre in Paris, set to open in February 2013. Cushman & Wakefield have been given sole instruction for the company’s French expansion plans, with the major cities of Marseille, Strasbourg and Toulouse also said to be on the retailer’s roll-out hit list.

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My-Wardrobe expands with bevy of Euro website launches will launch French, German and Dutch-specific sites as the fashion e-tailer continues to expand across the globe. The online fashion retailer has revealed that the new sites will provide a ‘local’ international shopping experience for its customers, with each site benefitting from local currencies and language translation.

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Inditex Q1 profits up 30%
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Zara's Barcelona store The Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka owner said net profits rose 30 per cent to EUR 432 million in its first quarter to 30 April. As the world’s largest retailer, Inditex embarked on an aggressive expansion plan during the period, opening nearly one store a day as it looked to take the pressure off its domestic Spanish market by investing elsewhere.

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 Out of the ashes, Oddbins goes from strength to strength

Oddbins has revealed plans to continue expanding its off license stores, a sure sign the retailer is finally back on top. Despite past struggles in the sector, Oddbins is now looking to add five more stores to its 35-strong portfolio by the end of this year, signalling a return to form for the high street chain.

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Armani profit up 23%
Photo credit: Giorgio Armani Spring Summer 2012

The Italian fashion house saw operating profit rise 23 per cent in 2011 thanks to a continued investment in Chinese expansion. The Financial Times on Thursday reported Armani operating profit reached EUR 281.8 million for 2011, with revenue up 14 per cent to EUR 1.8 billion.

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Fawaz AlHokair enters eighth international market with the opening of fifteen global brands simultaneously
Photo credit: Artist's' impression of the Uptown Tbilisi Mall, Georgia

Fawaz A. AlHokair & Co, SJSC, (Alhokair) have made their debut in Tbilisi, Georgia, as major tenants of the newly opened Uptown Tbilisi Mall. The launch will see Alhokair become Georgia’s largest retail group, with 15 of the retail specialist’s franchised brands opening in the mall on 6 April, and another 17 planned to open by the end of June this year.

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