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RetailAug / 25 / 2017
House of Fraser opens first new UK store since 2008

House of Fraser has opened its first brand new store on UK soil in nine years, with the 64,000sq ft space also billed as its first sustainable store.

The new branch will anchor the new Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure complex in Northamptonshire.

It cost the department store retailer £12 million to build, but will employ around 270 full and part-time staff and it is also the chain’s first out-of-town branch.

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RetailAug / 25 / 2017
The Works capitalizes on spending squeeze with store expansion

High street discounter The Works has announced expansion plans as it moves to cash in on greater demand for bargains amid the Brexit-linked squeeze on consumer spending.

The chain, whose offering includes craft, toys and books, said it wanted to open 60 new stores - creating 600 new jobs over the next 12 months.

It currently has 398 high street and out-of-town stores across the UK and plans to grow its estate to 650 by 2022 - supported by a newly-opened distribution centre in the West Midlands.

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FMCGAug / 25 / 2017
The Hut Group adds to burgeoning beauty portfolio

The owner of multiple lifestyle brands including Zavvi and Coggles has added yet another beauty retailer to its portfolio, just a week after it bought out Glossybox.

The Hut Group (THG), which already owns Lookfantastic and other haircare and skincare sites, announced yesterday that it had bought, a major Australian website.

The acquisition makes THG the number one online retailer for health and beauty products in Australia.

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Financial ServicesAug / 25 / 2017
'Hey Siri, pay Aunt Maud £150': Barclays launches first voice-activated banking

Barclays customers can now use Apple's virtual assistant Siri to make payments on their mobile phone, with a simple command such as "Hey Siri, Pay [Sarah] £15 with Barclays".

It is the first UK high street bank to introduce the feature, which gives customers the option to pay existing payees or mobile contacts without having to open the banking app or put in any passwords.

Instead, Barclays mobile banking customers can use their voice to ask Siri to make a payment, and then authenticate it with Apple’s touch ID fingerprint recognition.

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