As the current challenges in the department store sector are increasing, the question is whether the department store model, in its current form, is sustainable and relevant in the current retail market. Is its decline inevitable, or can it possibly be reversed? What could be done to address the many challenges it faces and make it fit for purpose in the modern age of retailing?
Although the economic outlook for the UK in 2018 is mixed, we believe the consensus is too pessimistic on growth. The global economy is now firing on all cylinders – which will benefit the international-facing UK market – and we believe the risks to growth, inflation and interest rates are all to the upside, in the UK as well as globally.