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Grocery

busy street -iStockphoto.comJustin Horrocks

Retail sales rise 1.6% in second quarter

British retail sales have risen by the largest amount in over ten years in a calendar quarter as British consumers hit the shops.Retail sales rose 1.6 per cent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months despite a sales fall in J...
09:14AM - Fri 25th July 2014
Image: Morrisons

Morrisons reacts to Sainsbury's food waste superstore

Morrisons have reacted to Sainsbury’s recent announcement that one of their superstores is off the National Grid and now powered entirely by their own food waste.The Sainsbury’s Staffordshire branch is connected to a nearby anaerobic digestion pla...
09:42AM - Wed 23rd July 2014

Fashion

busy street -iStockphoto.comJustin Horrocks

Retail sales rise 1.6% in second quarter

British retail sales have risen by the largest amount in over ten years in a calendar quarter as British consumers hit the shops.Retail sales rose 1.6 per cent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months despite a sales fall in J...
09:14AM - Fri 25th July 2014

Why Sports Direct is winning the football kit retail battle

England’s World Cup performance may have been underwhelming, but the football industry in the UK continues to boom at an astronomical rate. With the upcoming Premier League campaign on the horizon, we are firmly in football shirt season. Just over...
09:09AM - Fri 25th July 2014

Electricals

What can retailers learn from Comet’s insolvency?

In 2011, Comet was bought by private equity group OpCapita for £2 but continued to struggle. The next year Deloitte was rushed in as administrators under a pre- pack rescue package. When Comet was liquidated nearly 7,000 employees were unfortunate...
09:08AM - Wed 16th July 2014
An O2 store

O2 extends next day delivery to 10pm

Mobile operator O2 has announced it will offer a 10pm deadline for next day delivery, becoming the first mobile firm to do so.O2 expects that over 3,000 customers a week will benefit by receiving their order 24 hours earlier than before.Tete Soto,...
05:32PM - Mon 14th July 2014

Health & Beauty

Space NK are looking ways they can use big data to target consumers more effectively

Rountable discussion: Space NK rules out use of iBeacon; John Lewis reveals catchment reporting

Big customer data is a big issue in the modern retail world, and one company feels they have developed the right system for effective predictive marketing.Representatives from retailers such as John Lewis, Space NK, Topshop and French Connection g...
09:10AM - Wed 23rd July 2014
A Boots store in Cardiff

Why a personal approach can make all the difference for self-select cosmetics brands

Shoppers walking into Boots’ flagship store on Oxford Street are greeted by rows of brightly-lit, eye-catching make-up aisles and product stands. The size of the space is testament to the resilience of in-store cosmetics spend, against the rise of...
09:42AM - Mon 14th July 2014

Home & DIY

Made.com founders

Made.com launch 'Social Showroom'

Made.com has launched a social media platform that allows interior design enthusiasts to connect with each other and see products within the context of a home. Made Unboxed is the latest venture from the online design company. Using the site, cust...
08:51AM - Fri 25th July 2014

Ikea pull advert after MH17 tragedy

Ikea have decided to pull their latest video advert due to fears it may cause offence following the recent tragedy in Ukraine.The advert, titled ‘Theres No Bed Like Home’ features a woman cascading through a city skyline. It begins with her waking...
02:59PM - Wed 23rd July 2014

Department Stores

Fortnum and Mason open Heathrow store

Fortnum and Mason are among a string of retailers to open a new store at Heathrow Terminal 5 as retailers move into the booming travel sector.The 1,000 sq ft store will focus on food gifting such as its famous hampers and will sell fresh food and ...
09:01AM - Fri 25th July 2014
John Lewis' new Heathrow store

John Lewis continues to see home sales boom

Sales of home products soared at John Lewis last week as its last week of clearance sales surged 20 per cent on last year.Textiles, carpets and wedding gifts drove a rise in home products of 23 per cent.David Barford, director of selling at John L...
10:46AM - Fri 18th July 2014

Entertainment

Why Sports Direct is winning the football kit retail battle

England’s World Cup performance may have been underwhelming, but the football industry in the UK continues to boom at an astronomical rate. With the upcoming Premier League campaign on the horizon, we are firmly in football shirt season. Just over...
09:09AM - Fri 25th July 2014
An HMV store in Cardiff

Why big British retail brands are being left behind

HMV last week revealed its UK sales figures – the first since being bought out of administration by Hilco. The new owner has made some considerable changes: trimming the store estate, launching apps and opening a new Oxford Street flagship. As a r...
09:35AM - Mon 21st July 2014

Multichannel and e-tail

Made.com founders

Made.com launch 'Social Showroom'

Made.com has launched a social media platform that allows interior design enthusiasts to connect with each other and see products within the context of a home. Made Unboxed is the latest venture from the online design company. Using the site, cust...
08:51AM - Fri 25th July 2014
Jamie Peach, head of SEO, House of Fraser

House of Fraser poaches Asos' head of SEO

Department store group House of Fraser has poached Asos’s head of SEO as it looks to grow its “share of voice” in search.Jamie Peach, who joins HOF in September, will lead a team of in-house SEO professionals and agency partners and is tasked with...
09:17AM - Mon 21st July 2014

General retail

Ebay continues Russian expansion despite sanctions

Ebay continues its expansion in Russia despite the fact the country is facing increasing Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. The online marketplace was keen to reassure Europe’s largest internet base that the current situation will not halt...
09:25AM - Fri 25th July 2014
busy street -iStockphoto.comJustin Horrocks

Retail sales rise 1.6% in second quarter

British retail sales have risen by the largest amount in over ten years in a calendar quarter as British consumers hit the shops.Retail sales rose 1.6 per cent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months despite a sales fall in J...
09:14AM - Fri 25th July 2014
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