Retail sales rise in June According to latest data from the Office for National Statistics, the amount spent at retailers jumped 13.1% in June compared to the same month last year. Gains were seen by food stores, which enjoyed a 4.2% uptick in volumes. Read more.

Ikea, B&Q, Superdrug & Dunelm make pledge to support staff facing domestic abuse Ikea, B&Q and Superdrug have become part of an industry campaign set up by Dunelm and charity Retail Trust to raise awareness of how the retail sector can better support employees facing domestic abuse. Read more.

Howdens revenue reaches £785m The kitchen supplier and joinery has reported first-half revenue of £785m, in line with an upbeat trading update early this month. Pre-tax profits reached £119.2m, after a £14.2m loss last year. Read more.

Aldi commits to donating one millions meals over the summer school holidays The discounter has announced plans to pair up with local charities, community groups and foodbanks to donate surplus food during the school summer holidays. More than 700,000 of the meals will go to causes that support children. Read more.

JD Sports takes stake in gymwear retailer The retail giant has announced a multi-million-pound investment in the Yorkshire-based athleisure retailer Gym King. As part of the deal, JD Sports has acquired a minority stake in Gym King, which was founded in 2015. Read more.

Bath & Body Works renews focus on skincare to drive growth Ahead of its spin-off from lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret next month, the beauty retailer has revealed plans to expand its skincare and haircare offering. Read more.