Deichmann to partner with the Azadea Group The move will see the footwear retailer expand into the idle East and North Africa. Deichmann currently has a presence in 26 countries and will open a store in Dubai in 2019. Read more.

Asda and Morrison both experience growth in sales The supermarket retailers saw sales rise by 2.4% to 7th October. Morrisons attributed 45% of sales to promotions, while Asda’s growth was attributed to its own-label products. Read more.

Shoe Zone profits to exceed £11 mil The footwear retailer has experienced a strong second half, with expected year-on-year revenue growth of 1.8% to £161 mil. Preliminary results are expected on 9th January 2019. Read more.

Claire’s emerges from Chapter 11 protection Last week, the retail chain announced its emergence from Chapter 11 protection, after the successful restructuring of £1.5bn of debt. Claire’s benefitted after gaining access to £437mil. Read more.

Bare Necessities snapped up by Walmart Offering more than 160 brands, the online lingerie retailer will continue to operate its site as before and will run as a standalone brand. Last week, Walmart also acquired Eloquii, a fashion startup that sells plus-sized clothing. Read more.

Greggs attributes lift in sales to drinks and pizza The bakery chain experienced an increase in like-for-like sales by 3.2% in the 13 weeks to 29 September. Although the heatwave negatively impacted the trading margin, total sales were 7.3% higher - reflecting the impact of more than 90 net new stores. Read more.