Its high street presence may be shrinking, but Laura Ashley is expanding apace in the hospitality sector. Amanda Afiya checks out the fashion and homeware brand's move into hotels and tearooms
Declining sales, rising rents and, in some cases, increasing financial debt have taken their toll on many of our highest-profile retailers in recent years.
Department store House of Fraser fell into administration last summer in what many commentators described as the biggest high-street casualty since the collapse of BHS three years ago, and just last month Debenhams, whose origins date back to 1778, went into administration.
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