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There are 600 Lidl stores in the UK

Five things you probably didn’t know about Lidl

Schwarz Group, which owns Lidl, will overtake Carrefour, Tesco and Aldi to become Europe’s biggest grocery retailer by the end of this year, several analysts have predicted. Its current sales are around £51bn.It is taking on Tesco’s upmarket Eupho...
09:33AM - Thu 31st July 2014
The tablet will be trialled in 33 stores

Co-operative food to fix tablets to trollies

The Co-operative food is hoping to engage customer’s in-store with a tablet that will be attached to shopping trollies.An android tablet will be fixed to the handle which the Co-op hope will encourage shoppers to express their opinions on issues a...
09:29AM - Thu 31st July 2014


Bonmarche said its new store/concession programme has started well

Bonmarché reports 13.5% sales rise

Named “Britain’s most boring shop” by the Daily Mail, it would be fair to say that so far the hype around the fashion retailer has been somewhat limited. However with yet another rise in sales (16.9 per cent for the 13 week period ended 28 June 20...
09:58AM - Thu 31st July 2014

Next leaves M&S firmly in the shadows with latest figures

Next’s latest figures have placed them even further ahead of traditional rival Marks and Spencer’s. Their sales for the quarter just gone have exceeded the 5.5 per cent - 9.5 per cent increase forecast in April, leading them to raise their full ye...
11:55AM - Wed 30th July 2014


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 founders launch 'Social Showroom' 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

A Debenhams UK store

Mothercare CFO joins Debenhams

Department store Debenhams has appointed former Mothercare chief financial officer Matt Smith as CFO.Smith, who has been Mothercare CFO since 2013, was finance director at Argos and has also worked for accounting firm KMPG.He will join the retaile...
08:58AM - Mon 28th July 2014

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


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
The internet connected Cayla doll

Argos predicts its top 10 Christmas toys

Whilst Christmas may feel a long way off right now, Argos has already predicted what toys they think will fly off the shelves this year.ToysA new generation of traditional toys equipped with the latest technology are predicted to appeal to childre...
10:49AM - Wed 16th July 2014

Multichannel and e-tail


Retail websites are getting slower, study finds

The UK’s top 50 retail websites are getting slower with third party content to blame, new research has found.The average loading time for a top 50 retail website was 10.29 seconds in the second quarter of 2014, according to information assurance c...
09:07AM - Tue 29th July 2014 founders launch 'Social Showroom' 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

General retail

Independence feign: Waterstones open ‘indie’ bookshop

To the naked eye, Southwold Bookshop is an authentic, independent seller, enriching the character of a small seaside town. But if one is to look deeper into the true nature of the store, they will find it is entirely owned by retail giants Waterst...
09:43AM - Wed 30th July 2014

Independent bookseller worried by Moleskine store roll-out

An independent bookshop retailer has expressed concern that stationery brand Moleskine is cannibalising its sales in Old Street station.The founder of Camden Lock books, Jason Burley, who has run his business for nearly 30 years, says he has been ...
09:23AM - Wed 30th July 2014

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