August 2020

The number of visitors to Germany’s retail locations in city centers, shopping centers and retail parks declined dramatically as COVID-19 took hold around the end of February. But Germany’s retail scene has been recovering since the end of the lockdown, although retail locations in mid-sized and especially smaller metropolises have fared significantly better than those in larger metropolitan areas. This is apparent in visitation frequency numbers, which GfK has been compiling since the beginning of this year.

Sports company PUMA has appointed Ben Hughes as General Manager for the United Kingdom, Ireland and Benelux (UKIB) with immediate effect. In this role, Ben takes over from Paul Spencer, who has assumed the position as PUMA’s Regional Sales Director Europe.

Hammerson has announced that Haidilao, China’s largest hot pot restaurant chain, has selected Bullring for its first site in the UK outside of London. The 8,073sq ft restaurant will join Brown’s and Wagamama in St Martin’s Square, and is set to launch in early 2021.