JD Sports to open gym and store dual fascia

JD Sports is bolstering its fitness credentials by opening its first gym and store dual fascia in Salford this year. The sports fashion titan will open the retail division of the site this month, with the opening of the £2m fitness centre scheduled for September.

Made.com launches iOS app, live chat functionality

Made.com has launched a new iOS app and said it will be closely monitoring the level of conversion between the app versus mobile web and desktop with expectations of increased traffic given the large number of its customers that shop from their smartphones.

DFS is strong on own brands and licences

UK-based furniture retailer DFS had a good half-year in the six months to January 28 with sales and profits rising. The chain, which sells its own brand, as well as owning Dwell and making sofas under the French Connection name, saw group revenue rising 6.8% to £379.9m. Pre-tax profit was up 3.1% and its 12-month gross sales passed the £1bn …

Ikea is step closer to first Southeast London store

Ikea’s opening in Southeast London has moved a step closer with the Swedish furnishings giant having submitted its detailed plans to the local council in Greenwich. The company has been planning a megastore on the site of a former ultra-sustainable Sainsbury’s supermarket for some time but the site has been empty since June 2015.

Owner of sportswear line Fabletics reportedly exploring sale

TechStyle Fashion Group, owner of the Fabletics sportswear line that features celebrity actress Kate Hudson, is exploring a sale that could value it at more than $1.5 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

IKEA looks to $6 bln revamp to spur growth

The IKEA Group said on Wednesday it had sold key subsidiaries for 5.2 billion euros ($5.58 billion) as part of an overhaul to help the furniture retailer react to new competition and shifts in consumer preferences away from its vast out-of-town stores.