Late Easter causes retail sales dip in March, says BRC - KPMG

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The late fall of Easter has skewed retail sales figures from the British Retail Consortium and KPMG for March.Like-for-like UK retail sales were down 1.7 per cent against a 1.9 per cent rise in March 2013.David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said the overall picture looked encouraging. “The long term trend show... read more...
11:43AM - Wed 16th April 2014

Is virtual window shopping on mobile devices key to purchase decision-making?

- Online shopping is entering a new chapter. Sales via mobile devices, usually tablets or touch-screen phones are rising and are often quite distinct from sales via laptops or desktop computers. Window shopping on a mobile device is now also increas...
02:09PM - Thu 17th April 2014
17% of customers buy alcohol at independent discount stores. image(c)iStockphoto.com/xyno

Household goods most popular item at independent discounters

- Household goods are the most popular item bought from independent discounters, according to a survey by Rowan, specialist wholesaler to the discount channel.The survey, of 2,000 adults of independent discounters, found that 70.4 per cent used the ...
11:12AM - Wed 16th April 2014
Marc Rosen, Executive VP and president of global e-commerce at Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss poaches Wal-Mart director

- Marc Rosen will join clothing brand Levi Strauss next month as executive vice president and president of global e-commerce.Rosen will look to establish Levi and Dockers with digital flagship stores to drive omni-channel growth and will focus on hi...
02:56PM - Tue 15th April 2014

Turnaround plan begins at Debenhams after profit hit

- Pre-tax profit has plummeted at department store Debenhams as it failed to keep up with rivals John Lewis and House of Fraser.Profit before tax fell 24.5 per cent to £85.2m but group like-for-like sales rose 1.5 per cent for the 26 weeks to 1 Marc...
10:33AM - Tue 15th April 2014

John Lewis reveals its JLab mentors

- John Lewis has revealed its list of mentors for its JLab technology incubator which hopes to find the next big thing in retail technology.The winner of JLab will receive up to £100,000 investment and a chance to supply John Lewis.The founder of co...
06:52PM - Mon 14th April 2014

Tesco's F&F in low-key entry to the US

- Tesco will open its first F&F clothing stores in the US as it continues with its ambitious plans to become a leading global brand for affordable fashion.The stores will feature full women’s, men’s and childrens ranges with the first store opening ...
06:03PM - Mon 14th April 2014
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Boxpark merges offline and online worlds using Magento and PayPal

- The world’s first pop-up mall Boxpark Shoreditch has joined forces with Magento and PayPal to offer a buying and browsing experience for consumers across offline and online platforms.Boxpark Marketplace features a fully integrated POS system in wh...
04:19PM - Mon 14th April 2014
Dunhumby uses Tesco Clubcard data to drive personalised offers

Tesco's Dunnhumby buys German ad technology firm

- Tesco-owned customer science company Dunnhumby has acquired German advertising technology firm Sociomantic Labs.The deal, worth around $200m, hopes to “dramatically improve” the way advertising is planned, advertised and evaluated.It will involve ...
10:35AM - Mon 14th April 2014

Sunday papers round-up

- House of Fraser has sold 89 per cent of its business to Chinese conglomerate Sanpower in a deal worth £480m. The deal is the largest overseas buy in the retail industry by a Chinese business. Don McCarthy, executive chairman of House of Fraser, sa...
09:54AM - Mon 14th April 2014
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