All over for department stores scoring own goals

COMMENT: The World Cup has finally arrived and football fans across the globe will rejoice in the unbridled ecstasy that weeks of non-stop action will bring, writes EG retail and industrial analyst James Child.

For most, the excitement and expectation will erode into anger and, finally, acceptance that behind the hope and blind faith, failure was always coming. Such emotions are being strongly felt in the retail market too – no more so than with the implosion of House of Fraser.

We’re on the ball!

Back in 1966, Sir Hugh Fraser