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Buy. Return. Repeat … What really happens when we send back unwanted clothes?
The rise and rise of online fashion stores – and their generous returns policies – has created a new industry dedicated to dealing with our unwanted clothes. But what damage is being done – to our planet and to retailers – by our boomerang shopping habits?

Amelia Tait

31, Mar, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Five things we learned from Britons’ Christmas shopping
Online specialists took a hit, inflation is good and bad, and not everyone is skint – but they are nervous

Sarah Butler

13, Jan, 2023 @1:14 PM

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UK energy bills forecast to fall further in July; US inflation rate drops – as it happened
Investec predict UK energy bills will average £2,500/year in the second half of 2023 year, as US consumer price index falls to 6.5% in year to December

Graeme Wearden

12, Jan, 2023 @3:49 PM

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M&S enjoys a bumper Christmas with best ever food sales
Retailer boasts biggest share of clothing and homeware market in seven years, as Tesco hails festive boom

Sarah Butler

12, Jan, 2023 @8:32 AM

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UK retailers see 50% rise in Boxing Day shoppers over last year’s figures
Better-than-expected numbers after 2021’s Covid-hit Christmas remain well below pre-pandemic levels

Sarah Butler

26, Dec, 2022 @4:30 PM

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UK retailers launch discounting blitz after month of falling sales
Up to 50% discounts as cost of living crisis hits shopping budgets and mild weather leaves winter styles unsold

Sarah Butler

28, Nov, 2022 @4:57 PM

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Frasers builds 5% stake in Asos to become fourth-largest investor
Mike Ashley’s increased holding comes after online retailer reported slowing sales and full-year loss

Joanna Partridge

23, Oct, 2022 @1:25 PM

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Asos’s global overstretch shows in share price and operating profits plunge
Long-term shareholders would be immeasurably richer if Asos had stayed in the UK, its ‘core operation’

Nils Pratley

19, Oct, 2022 @5:46 PM

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Asos to write off stock and cut costs as shoppers rein in spending on fashion
Online retailer reports disappointing sales growth and £32m pre-tax losses as it agrees £650m banking facility

Sarah Butler

19, Oct, 2022 @7:48 AM

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Asos shares plunge as it confirms talks with lenders over borrowing
Online fashion retailer says it is in ‘final stages’ of agreeing new terms for £350m loan facility

Joe Middleton

17, Oct, 2022 @12:41 PM

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Asos sales weaker than expected as cost of living crisis bites
August slump forces online fashion retailer to downgrade annual growth forecast to about 2%

Mark Sweney

09, Sep, 2022 @8:39 AM

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Asos, Boohoo and George at Asda investigated over eco-friendly claims
UK regulator will scrutinise brands to discover whether sustainability claims constitute greenwashing

Rupert Neate and Sarah Butler

29, Jul, 2022 @8:14 AM

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