Future of Retail: The international question

EXPANDING into international markets has increased as retailers have looked to grow amid the consumer spending squeeze at home.

Manchester Home shopping group N Brown has targeted Germany and the US for its plus-size Simply Be women's clothing brand, while JD Sports Fashion  - another of the North West's star performers in recent years - has acquired established businesses in France and Spain and then used these new territories as springboards to establish its own shops there too.

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