Selfridges had already told us that its Boxing Day clearance sale business was buoyant and at the weekend it said the Christmas season as a whole was better than ever with rising footfall and strong full-price sales.
Burberry had a good Christmas quarter even though its comp sales rise fell short of analysts' predictions. Its fashion offer outperformed while digital continued to rise and top-spending shoppers returned to the fold.
On 11 January, Dutch department store chain de Bijenkorf announced that it is closing its Woerden-based distribution center. De Bijenkorf plans to merge and outsource all distribution activities to a new partner in 2019.
Japanese designer labels Undercover and The Soloist offered up a major fashion moment on Thursday night, lighting up the Florentine runway with their radical visions of the future for the close of Pitti Uomo 93.
The American brand, created in 1818, offered up a hymn to the motherland on Wednesday night for its first-ever runway show, as part of Pitti Uomo and inside the Palazzo Vecchio's impressive Salone dei Cinquecento.