New displays and decorations business to target shopping centres worldwide.

intu centres deliver 1.1 per cent footfall increase year-on-year over festive period

Liverpool One launches augmented reality app for Christmas

Deal gives one of Europe’s largest Christmas suppliers access to the UK market

Fizzco Projects has joined forces with Linda Jones from DDS Design and Display.

At busy times of year like Christmas, it is vital that shopping centre managers and landlords focus on their core offering and differentiation over other channels like ecommerce as Robert Wilkinson, strategic account director at Experian FootFall, explains.

Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield has launched the Christmas season by hosting a dedicated event for staff, with the help of a mobile phone app.

New assignments mark significant step-change for MK Illumination UK

Research by CACI shows online shopping and click & collect were big features of Christmas 2013. How should centres react, asks Alex McCulloch

T’was the season to be jolly but who pays to deck the halls and entertain the children, asks Rebecca Ellis

Music plays a key role in setting the mood for Christmas shopping – but there’s more to it than Slade or Bing Crosby’s greatest hits 

Shopping centres come alive with marketing activity in the run up to Christmas, with rival centres fighting it out to put on bigger and better events in a bid to pull in people and pounds. Increasingly, it’s quirky and unusual events that are winning out over the tried and tested options. 

What are the decoration trends for this year’s Christmas? What colours, shapes, patterns and materials are set to make a big impact? And what part is technology and interactivity playing in festive displays, asks Mia Hunt 

It came as a shock to the industry when one of its biggest Christmas decoration suppliers, Fuzzwire, entered administration shortly before Christmas last year. Mia Hunt investigates. 

According to the latest Retail Sales Monitor from KPMG and the British Retail Consortium, UK retail sales were up 0.4 per cent on a like-for-like basis from December 2012, when they had increased 0.3 per cent on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 1.8 per cent, against a 1.5 per cent increase in December 2012, the lowest growth of 2013.

Springboard’s Shopping Centre Index recorded that, despite an increase in footfall of 13.5 per cent from November, footfall declined annually by -1.5 per cent over the year from December 2012

Bluewater records its busiest day of the year as Christmas shopping takes off

Christmas specialist assigns current contracts to MK Illumination

Christmas market draws MediaCity crowds to Lowry Outlet

European Christmas holiday spending in 2013 is likely to be stronger this year, according to an International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) survey of industry executives collected between October 16 and 31, 2013.  

According to the latest Retail Sales Monitor from the BRC and KPMG, UK retail sales were up 0.8 per cent on a like-for-like basis from October 2012. On a total basis, sales were up 2.6 per cent.

ShopperTrak has identified 28 and 27 December as the first and third busiest shopping days respectively in this year’s holiday calendar. 

Retail research specialist Verdict is forecasting that Christmas 2013 is set to be the best Christmas since the recession started, with consumers spending at least £2bn more than in 2012.

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