Need to know: Moncler’s hot… Samsonite bags Tumi… Zara goes eco… & Whistles for sale?

Moncler is hot, even when the weather’s wrong My favourite puffer jacket brand Moncler is going from strength-to-strength. Pre-tax profit was €300m last year and currency-neutral revenue rose 19%, although sales growth did slow as the weather stayed warm at year-end.  Sales at the brand’s own stores surged 33%. So it’s no surprise that the firm…

Black Friday is dead, long live Black Friday!

I promised I wouldn’t mention Black Friday again until solid stats came through next week. But with new info coming fast, I’ve relented. There are several points I’m finding interesting about it in the UK and they’re quite contradictory – just as it becomes the most popular shopping day for bargain-hunting Brits, it’s also becoming obsolete. Confused?