Storms and virus fears dent spending and footfall in UK, clothing sales drop

 But while spending overall was up, fears surrounding coronavirus impacted the retail sector particularly, with department stores hardest hit. They contracted 3.6% as shoppers avoided the high street. Fashion was down by less but clothing spend still dipped 1.7% as a result.In fact, as many as 28% of Britons avoided physical shops as they worried about the possibility of being infected with the virus.

At the same time, spending on essential items rose by 1.6%, bolstered by supermarket and fuel expenditure, which grew by 1.3% and 2.5% respectively, with some irrational stockpiling being a factor in this.People still seem to be upbeat though with Barclaycard saying confidence remains reasonably high, some 42% of UK adults feeling positive, up from 32% a year ago.That said, 36% of U…

U.S. senators question Amazon CEO about firing of warehouse protest leader

The letter, addressed to Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, adds to public scrutiny Amazon is facing over the dismissal, at a time when the company is racing to update safety protocols, keep warehouses open and ship essential goods to shoppers who are shut indoors.Amazon employee Christian Smalls came to the company’s Staten Island, New York, warehouse on March 30 for a small protest he helped organize, which in part called for the site’s closure. Workers feared infection after a colleague had fallen ill to the novel coronavirus, cases of which have now been reported among staff at more than 50 Amazon warehouses, according to the New York Times.The virus has infected more than 1.4 million people globally.

Amazon said it fired Smalls, who had contact with the virus patient, after he v…

UK eco-awareness surge is good for planet, bad news for fast fashion – report

The Fashion Retail Academy (FRA) commissioned Onepoll to speak to 2,000 people and found that over half (51.4%) of Britons think this way, a 33.8% increase in just 12 months. And almost three-quarters (71.3%) of shoppers would now choose to recycle their clothes rather than throw them away.Additionally, 66% of consumers would buy second-hand clothes, with 15% more women saying they would do so than men.

It’s particularly interesting that we’re seeing such big jumps over a relatively short 12-month period and this reflects both the news flow around sustainability issues, and initiatives from fashion companies and retailers, as well as non-profit organisations, in order to educate consumers on the subject.“The sustainability agenda has made massive strides worldwide in the past …

Amazon and Valentino file joint lawsuit over shoe counterfeiting

The move is Amazon’s first joint litigation with a luxury fashion brand and Valentino’s first with an online retailer.The lawsuit regards the Valentino Garavani Rockstud shoes and the fashion group will receive any proceeds from the case, the companies said in a statement.

Kaitlyn Pan did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.Amazon has long been rumoured to be readying a new luxury fashion site to rival Alibaba’s Tmall Luxury Pavilion, but LVMH and other top luxury groups say the risk of counterfeiting is high on such platforms.Amazon said it had shut down Kaitlyn Pan’s seller account on its platform in September 2019.”Despite multiple notices of infringement and a cease and desist order, Kaitlyn Pan continues to import, distribute, sell, and offer infringing …

China’s online retailers take the battle to the hinterlands

But messages from friends asking him to join their group purchases of fruits at bargain prices on the website Pinduoduo finally persuaded him to open an account there. “It’s mainly because my friends said the items there are cheap,” he said.”So I’ve started using Pinduoduo more to buy fruits and snacks.”

Started four years ago by a former Google engineer, Pinduoduo has become one of China’s biggest retail disruptors, breaking the dominance of Alibaba and JD.com by persuading users like Wu, who live in China’s smaller cities, to start shopping online.Alibaba and JD.com have for years tried to unleash rural China’s spending power, teaching residents how to use their online platforms and using drones for deliveries to remote spots, with mixed results.But the success of Pinduoduo’s mo…

Influencer Mila De Jesus Dead at 35 Just 3 Months After Wedding

Weight Loss Influencer Mila De Jesus Dead at 35

The fitness community is mourning the loss of a rising star.

Influencer Mila De Jesus has died at age 35, her daughter Anna Clara shared on the Brazilian star's Instagram page on Jan. 15.

Influencer Mila De Jesus Dead at 35 Just 3 Months After Wedding

"We are very sad to hear of the passing of our beautiful mother," she wrote in Portuguese via translation. "We appreciate all the prayers and condolences. Continue to pray for us Thank you."

A cause of death was not shared.

Mary Kay Letourneau’s Daughter Georgia Shares Vili Fualaau’s Reaction to Her Pregnancy

Mary Kay Letourneau Dies of Cancer at 58

Pregnant Georgia Fualaau's family is making room for a new member.

Two days after announcing she and her boyfriend are expecting their first child together, Vili Fualaau and Mary Kay Letourneau's daughter shared how her family has taken to the baby news.

Vili, 40, and sister Audrey Fualaau, 26, have been with me at almost every appointment," she told People in an interview published Sept. 11, noting they have been "extremely" supportive. "They have just been my rocks."

Though Georgia admitted her dad—who was married to her late mom until their divorce in 2019—took the news hard, he's come around to bec…

Paris Jackson Addresses Criticism Over How She Celebrates Late Dad Michael Jackson's Birthday

Paris Jackson – 2021 People's Choice Awards E! Glambot

Paris Jackson is asking many of her late father Michael Jackson's fans to change their ways when it comes to his special day.

On what would have been the King of Pop's 65th birthday Aug. 29, his daughter posted a lengthy video on social media reflecting on how her dad felt about his big day.

"So today is my dad's birthday and back when he was alive, he used to hate anybody acknowledging his birthday," Paris began the Instagram video. "He actually didn't want us to even know when his birthday was because he didn't want us to throw a party or anything like that."

And the 25-year-old further called out those taking aim for her f…