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Travis Perkins reports strong first quarter sales growth

Travis Perkins, the owner of DIY chain Wickes, has said that its financial year has started in line with expectations after seeing strong sales growth in its first quarter.

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Bargain Booze owner in talks to buy Rhythm & Booze stores

Bargain Booze owner Conviviality Retail has confirmed that it is in discussions with Bibby Retail Services regarding a potential acquisition of a number of Rhythm & Booze stores.

Séraphine hires former SuperGroup finance director John Bailey

Maternity wear retailer Séraphine has appointed former SuperGroup director John Bailey as finance director.

Comment: International Customer Loyalty Month:Tips for retaining your customers for longer

How do you ensure that you keep hold of your customers year after year, even when the competition are hitting them hard with discounts and promotions? By Alan Watson

UK’s ‘best retailer’ title retained by John Lewis

John Lewis has proved that it is still the best at keeping customers happy as it retained its position as the nation’s top retailer for customer satisfaction according to a survey by Verdict Research.

Primark first half profits up 26%

Primark increased its operating profit by 26% to £298 million in the first half of its financial year to help offset a fall at owner Associated British Foods’ sugar business.

Sports Direct posts rise in sales and profit

Sportswear retailer Sports Direct has said it is on track to hit its full year EBITDA target after group sales climbed by 10.3% in the nine weeks to 30 March 2014. Gross profit increased by 11.5% to £147 million.

Primark to open first US stores

Primark owner Associated British Foods has announced that the discount fashion retailer is to open its first US stores.

Patisserie Holdings to float on AIM

Patisserie Holdings, the owner of Patisserie Valerie and Baker & Spice, has announced plans to float on London’s Alternative Investment Market.

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