The sixth edition of the John Lewis & Partners Retail Report takes a look back at what has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging years retail has faced. In the midst of all the uncertainty, one clear thing emerged. To thrive as a retailer now, let alone in the future, you must not only stand out from your competitors but you must also stand for something more. Uncertainty dominated this year, as the high street faced not only difficult trading conditions but low consumer confidence. In the most promotional market for almost a decade, distressed retailers discounted more than ever and questions surrounding Brexit affected the value of Sterling. The business rates debate hit the headlines and the housing market was subdued as Britons put a halt on moving house. John Lewis & Partners wasn’t immune from these challenges and their half year results reflected the impact of holding true to their ‘Never Knowingly Undersold’ price promise through the good times and the bad. This was a transformative year and the tough retail landscape forced the retailer to take stock and reflect on who they are as a brand and what they stand for. This report covers:- What shaped the way we shopped How we shopped How we lived How we looked Beauty The Future Source:  John Lewis

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