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Shop Direct hires first business development director

Shop Direct, the owner of and, has hired Sally-Anne Newson as its first business development director as it looks to grow commercial partnerships.

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Gear4music reports strong sales growth in UK and Europe

Online musical instrument retailer Gear4music has reported that sales climbed by 66% to £13.8 million in the first four months of its financial year. There was strong growth in both the UK and Europe.

Consumer confidence falls at fastest rate in 26 years following Brexit vote

New figures have shown that consumer confidence has dropped at the sharpest rate for more than 26 years in the wake of the Brexit vote.

John Lewis Partnership and TrueStart to create The Eureka Initiative

The John Lewis Partnership has joined forces with TrueStart, the independent retail and consumer accelerator and investment fund, to find and fund the products, services and technologies which will define how we live in the future.

DFS appoints Nicola Bancroft as chief financial officer

Upholstered furniture retailer DFS has confirmed that its commercial finance director Nicola Bancroft will be appointed as chief financial officer and as an executive director from 1 August 2016.

Superdrug enjoys sales growth in budget skincare range

Superdrug has reported seeing a dramatic year-on-year increase in sales of budget skincare products.

Retailers reduce staffing levels as conditions remain tough

New figures have shown that the equivalent number of full time jobs in the retail sector fell by 2.4% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period a year ago.

Bonmarché like-for-likes down in first quarter

Women’s fashion retailer Bonmarché saw its like-for-like sales decline by 7.7% in its first quarter due to weak demand for its high summer clothing ranges.

JD Sports says profits likely to be at upper end of market expectations

Sportswear retailer JD Sports has said it now anticipates that full year pre-tax profits will be in the upper half of market expectations which range between £170 and £190 million.

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John Lewis’s click and collect service increases with Zebra by 30%

The combination of M-Netics software and Zebra handheld scanners has enabled John Lewis to expand its click and collect capacity by 30%.

How luxury brands are improving consumer buying experiences by Nimbus & The Fine Bedding Company

It’s increasingly important that luxury brands support retailers by making the consumer aware of their products’ points of difference. This is especially true in the complicated world of filled bedding where there are so many variations for consumers to including...
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