The real cost of cheap, fast fashion – to workers and to the planet

Online retailers such as Boohoo and Missguided are booming, but critics say there is a hidden priceIt comes in red, mustard and black, in sizes 6 up to 16; the bandeau bodycon minidress, is, according to the online retailer Boohoo, “perfect for transit…

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Fast fashion is on the rampage, with the UK at the head of the charge

One in three young women in Britain consider a garment worn once or twice to be oldFast fashion – the rapid system of trend-driven, low-cost clothing manufacture beloved by UK consumers – is on the rampage. We crossed a worrying line in 2014, scaling u…

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Amazon and Morrisons expand same-day grocery delivery service

Deal puts pressure on rival supermarkets as online giant moves deeper into UK sectorAmazon is ramping up the pressure on the UK’s traditional food retailers after signing a new deal with Morrisons to deliver groceries across the UK.Morrisons groceries …

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Sole traders: why there’s a whiff of money in old trainers

London’s StockX is doing a roaring trade dealing in the booming market for rare sneakers Sniffing strangers’ trainers for a living sounds like a bad job, but standing at his work station Matt Miller is inhaling a Nike Air Jordan shoe with the enthusias…

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Online sales heat up in warm weather but high street feels chill

Clothing sales, a sunny February and web promotions drive fastest online growth British shoppers have notched up the fastest quarterly growth in online retail sales on record, in the latest sign of the shifting trends fuelling the decline of the high s…

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