Oxford Street: A national disgrace

A national high street or a national embarrassment? That’s the question many are asking about Oxford Street these days, amid the car crash in retailing...

Key questions around the House of Fraser sale

As is so often the case, it was Sky’s Mark Kleinman who first revealed Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley was closing in House of Fraser after...

Hammerson has a calm head for the storm

Times are a changin’ in retail. That was the message on 24th July from Hammerson, the FTSE 250 owner of mega-malls like Birmingham’s Bullring and...

Low Street: Alarms but no surprises in retail report

The only things more frequent than retail insolvencies are reports on what needs to be done to fix the sector. And it’s notable that former...

Blackstock podcast on Toys ‘R Us, Maplin and House of Fraser retail failures

As the high street giants begin to crumble under their own weight, Blackstock founder Andrew Teacher discusses why this is happening to so many so...

Retail administrations: Landlords throw Toys out of pram

Storm Emma has brought predictable chaos to our crumbling infrastructure this week. But it’s retail that continues to take a proper beasting from all the...

What BHS, Tata and Ghosting teach us about society today

A grim, grey expedition swimming in a sea of beige is how I recall visits to British Home Stores, latterly BHS, as a kid. Like...

Everyday is like Sunday: the utter failure of the retail lobby

Yesterday was a good example of why, despite the highly political jobs I’ve had during the last 10 years at the BPF, at Heathrow and...

Retail's Digital Future

Technology and property aren’t two sectors you would traditionally place alongside each other. The fast-moving, volatile nature of many tech businesses is a world away...

How tech will change offline retail

Much has been written about e-commerce and Internet retailing but less has been directly said on how emerging tech trends will change the way physical...