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Opinion: Why Westfield's vision for the future of retail is bright

As Westfield unveils its Destination 2028 concept, Myf Ryan, CMO Europe and group director of brand and strategic marketing for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, asks, what does the future hold for retail?

It’s a question that’s moved from government and industry forums to dinner debate and the high street over the last year. And what’s clear is how passionate the British public are about shopping. That’s an opportunity none of us should ignore. Because, despite current uncertainty, there’s one thing I’m sure of: the future of retail is more exciting than ever.

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In & Around: Fifth Avenue

The main vein of New York City's shopping scene, Fifth Avenue offers a wealth of retail highlights.

Stretching from West 143rd Street in Harlem to Washington Square North at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, Fifth Avenue in New York City is considered one of the most expensive and elegant streets in the world.

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Travel retail: All aboard

The future of travel retail should be calm, relaxing and stress-free environments, finds Retail Focus.

For passengers travelling from airports and train stations, particularly at unsociable hours, the last thing they want is a stressful retail experience. Especially at airports, where some passengers are nervous flyers, stressed and tired.

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Department stores: Survival of the fittest

With House of Fraser closing more than half its stores, Debenhams posting profit warnings, and Lord & Taylor and Barneys closing their New York flagships, where does the future of department stores lie?

Since the collapse of BHS in 2015, it's not been an easy ride for the department store sector. Research by property platform Lendy says the number of large department stores in England has fallen by 25 per cent in less than a decade to just 180 from 240 in 2009.

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