Supermarkets slash petrol prices ahead of Bank Holiday weekend

As the supermarket price war rages, petrol has become the latest commodity to see its prices slashed. In anticipation of the Bank Holiday weekend, supermarkets have cut the price of petrol by up to 2p per litre and by 1p per litre for diesel.Asda was the first to make the cuts, announcing that it would lower prices ... read more...
10:07AM - Wed 20th August 2014

Industry Profile: Mike Ashley

As the Premier League season kicks off, we take a look one of retail’s most prominent figures in the world of sports retail.Once a very private and somewhat enigmatic businessman, Mike Ashley has become an increasingly recognisable character. Sinc...
09:56AM - Tue 19th August 2014
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Brand profile: Rakuten

Those familiar with the award-winning Play.com will welcome the news of Rakuten’s arrival in the UK. Play.com was bought by Rakuten in 2011 for a reported £25m, by which time the Cambridge-based online retailer had accumulated 17m registered users...
10:57AM - Thu 14th August 2014
Game said one million customers signed up to its reward programmes during the year

Game Digital posts 'solid update' following float

Newly floated entertainment retailer Game Digital has seen total sales rise by 30 per cent for the year to 26 July as investment in its mobile apps, desktop and mobile sites boosted business.The company said its UK and Spanish business performed s...
10:44AM - Thu 14th August 2014
80% of consumers still carry out their shopping in the physical store

What retailers can learn from Mary Portas’ latest report

In 2011, Mary Portas was appointed by the UK government to lead an independent review into our high streets entitled ‘The Portas Review’. The report offered a list of recommendations on how best to revitalise the high street, including a series of...
10:22AM - Thu 14th August 2014
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Could this provide the solution to the high street’s woes?

A high street marketing campaign which aimed to drive sales of a new tablet in Curry’s PC World appears to have delivered positive results.Nexus Engage, which focuses on customer engagement and driving consumer behaviour, has seen its latest campa...
10:11AM - Thu 14th August 2014
Derek Lovelock and founder David Scacchetti

Mamas & Papas appoints Derek Lovelock as interim CEO

Nursery retailer Mamas & Papas has appointed retail veteran Derek Lovelock as interim chief executive officer.Lovelack was recently chairman of Karen Millen and Aurora Fashions, owner of the Coast, Oasis and Warehouse brands and has extensive expe...
09:43AM - Thu 14th August 2014
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Profile: Morrisons chairman Andrew Higginson

Struggling Morrisons have announced that the man entrusted to change their fortunes is former Tesco director and Poundland chairman Andrew Higginson who will assume Sir Ian Gibson’s role as the chairman of Britain’s fourth biggest supermarket.Afte...
11:06AM - Wed 13th August 2014
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Bottled water now fastest growing category in soft drinks market

Bottled water is now the leading growth category in soft drinks so far this year, according to analysts Zenith International.Sales of plain water in the UK in 2013 exceeded 2.1bn litres and was up 17.7 per cent vs the previous 52 weeks to the 19th...
10:16AM - Wed 13th August 2014
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How House of Fraser is winning the department store battle

House of Fraser’s introduction of beacon technology for in-store mannequins underlines its continued commitment to creating a truly omnichannel experience for consumers. With over 60 stores nationwide, the traditional department store is anything ...
10:07AM - Wed 13th August 2014
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