The Belgian government has announced stricter lockdown measures to bring the rising corona virus figures back down. For non-essential shops, shopping by appointment will apply from Saturday.
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El Corte Inglés is converting one of its department stores in northern Spain into a fulfilment centre for online orders. The department store chain wants to serve the entire Basque Country and is also focusing on food deliveries.
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Cosmetics brand Yves Rocher is closing its outlets in the Netherlands: all seven brick-and-mortar stores will close this year, but the webshop will remain open.
In the Netherlands, a curfew will be in place from 8.30 p.m. Friday, while in Germany, customers are no longer welcome with a mask made from textile. Which coronavirus measures still apply to retailers in Europe today?
Le Printemps, the famous French chain of department stores, is also a victim of coronavirus. Four branches in France are closing, as are three branches of daughter chain Citadium.
Bestseller, the group behind Vero Moda, Jack & Jones and more, closes its financial year "unexpectedly positive". The decline in turnover was smaller than expected, although profits plummeted rapidly.
Exki has to do with 40% less turnover as a result of the pandemic. Due to the lack of international tourism and the absence of many commuters, some branches of the chain remain temporarily closed.
H&M plans to close hundreds of stores. The fast-fashion group wants to have 250 fewer stores by the end of next year, even though the retailer believes that the worst of the corona crisis is behind us.
Hunkemöller plans to close stores in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. As a result of the corona crisis, the lingerie chain is reviewing its expansion plans, but also the existing network: in mature markets it will have to operate with fewer stores.
Benetton is leaving Belgium: the fashion brand is closing its remaining stores (including those in Galeria Inno department stores) and cuts 29 jobs.
Estée Lauder is yet another victim of the Covid-19 crisis: as consumers buy less cosmetics, the group feels forced to cut 2,000 jobs and close one in six stores.
French clothing retailer Tati is forced to close its last remaining store due to the coronavirus fallout, fierce competition and changing consumer habits. That spells the end for the iconic pink and white chequers.
(update) French fashion chain Promod is reducing the size of its foreign activities. The German branch has started an insolvency procedure, the Belgian stores are also being looked into. However, only one Belgian store is closing.
American luxury group Capri (Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Versace) fears a 70% loss of sales due to the corona pandemic. The group will therefore close 170 stores over the next two years.
Swedish fashion group H&M plans to close 170 stores this year, following the coronavirus crisis and the losses incurred as a result. The focus will be more on e-commerce.
French baby store chain Orchestra Prémaman is going to fall back on the French-speaking part of Belgium, closing all stores in the Dutch-speaking part. "We have never been able to make a breakthrough there", founder Pierre Mestre admits.