H&M melds style, sustainability in Paris flagship | Debenhams could offload 6 stores in Denmark | M&S to review fashion lineup as part of turnaround plan
20 June 2018
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H&M melds style, sustainability in Paris flagship
H&M melds style, sustainability in Paris flagship
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The redesigned Hennes & Mauritz flagship in Paris features clothing repair, customisation services and natural detergents as part of a push to add a fashionable flair to sustainability efforts. The 50,000-square-foot, six-floor store also includes children's apparel and a 4,000-square-foot home goods section.
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Debenhams could offload 6 stores in Denmark
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Reuters (19 Jun.) 
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M&S to review fashion lineup as part of turnaround plan
M&S to review fashion lineup as part of turnaround plan
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Marks & Spencer could drop Per Una, a private-label fashion line that debuted in 2001, and other lines as the UK retailer formulates a strategy to stimulate non-food sales. Per Una was created in partnership with designer George Davies, who sold his interest to M&S in 2004 for £125 million.
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