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Born again

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  • Children
  • With the cost of raising a child in the UK now estimated to be over £225k, parents are increasingly looking at ways of saving money, presenting opportunities for innovative retailers to boost revenue through reconditioning and subscriptions.
    Retailers such as eBay and second-hand specialists such as Preloved and Buggy Revival have successfully capitalised on the

    The toy market is undergoing fundamental change, and it is not just technology that is driving this.
    The demand for greater gender equality is challenging how toys are categorised, designed and marketed and providing opportunities for new toy companies to create brands for ` Empowered Playtime’: a desire for more positive role models for children.

    Described as `unnerving’ by some but as `cute’ by others, the `mini me’ trend, where mothers and daughters dress alike, has provided fashion retailers with an opportunity to grab a bigger share of the growing childrenswear market.
    For those with longer memories, the idea of ‘mini-me’ may conjure images of Laura Ashley’s matching mother and

    Sports bar

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  • Outdoor & Sport
  • The global sport nutrition market is growing fast and offering significant opportunities for innovative new brands.
    The market is estimated to be worth $28.7 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% between 2017 to 2022 to reach a massive $45.27 billion by 2022.
    Sports nutrition was once the sole domain of

    Consumers are increasingly shifting their expenditure from shopping to socialising, posing a big challenge for landlords and retailers.
    Most retail destinations, such as shopping centres, were not built with a mixed-use purpose in mind. While many have added cafés and restaurants to their mix in recent years, investment is required to adapt these spaces for

    Kristin Graham of Pragma is interviewed by Retail Week in their new Channel Advisor white paper  on understanding online marketplaces in the US and how to establish a presence in the world’s largest economy.
    “There is a false assumption that US shoppers are like their UK counterparts in their attitude to shopping, says Kristin Graham, senior

    UK consumers who place a greater importance on healthier lifestyles are increasingly willing to spend more on niche sportswear brands.
    UK sportswear sales grew on average 8.2% annually from 2012 to 2016, reaching nearly £7 billion last year*. Despite this, established market leaders such as Nike and Under Armour have recently announced sales that have fallen

    Pure Gym’s results last week highlight the extent to which low-cost gym operators have disrupted the market over the past five years.
    It reported revenue growth of 28% (to £159.9m) for the year and delivered EBITDA growth of 41% (to £39.5m), having added 38 new gyms in 2016. This follows similarly impressive gains by The

    It’s that time of year when the Great British public take their bodies out of hibernation ready for the summer months and many look for ways to get in shape. We have seen an increasing trend towards healthy lifestyle makeovers, with fitness gurus taking up residence in our pockets and communicating with us through our

    Liquid assets

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  • F&B
  • Is liquid nitrogen ice cream the next big thing or just another food fad?
    Made famous by Heston Blumenthal’s molecular gastronomy, global awareness of the high-tech concept is building and new concepts are starting to roll out. In the USA, SubZero has scaled their offering with over 50 branches. Other operators have set up in