Tesco strengthens top fashion team

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Tesco has has promoted Jan Marchant, its UK buying director for clothing, to a senior role in its European fashion business and recruited a former director from Marks & Spencer to replace her.

Ms Marchant has taken the role of design director of its F&F Europe clothing operation, as the grocer ramps up its non-food business on the continent.

The retail giant has moved to fill the vacant role by appointing Bernadette Lusher – who was previously M&S's trading director for womenswear – as UK clothing buying director. Ms Marchant will will report into central European clothing director Jason Tarry, according to the trade paper Retail Week.