New Look chief executive Phil Wrigley says there will now be a second phase of trials of New Look stores outside the UK. New Look already operates the 228-strong Mim chain in France, and the retailer is examining how the two chains could work alongside each other. This cautious expansion plan should generate further growth prospects in the future.
It has been a difficult year for footwear specialist Brantano, with sales falling in both its UK and Belgian divisions. The value footwear proposition is no longer sufficiently unique to sustain growth in customer numbers and the retailer's repositioning efforts are vital for its long-term future.
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