Luxury shopping in the post-Covid era is seen again as an exclusive gratification, a localised, digital and sensorial experience through authentic, high-added-value products, according to market research firm Ipsos.
Walmart, trailing Amazon in the number of goods for sale on its website, is recruiting vendors in China and other countries to boost its online offerings in a pivot away from Wal-Mart's Made-in-America campaign.
A clear picture of June shopping in the UK is emerging and shows footfall rising as the sun shone. But it's not all good news for the fashion sector as specialist fashion stores and department stores saw falling sales.
There are plenty of big question marks over whether Britons are ready to spend or save at present but the latest footfall figures from Ipsos Retail Performance showed that in June they were prepared to go out and browse.