Like-for-like retail sales unexpectedly rose 1.1 per cent in January, the BBC reports, the first increase since May. But the rise was the result of a 5.1 per cent jump in food sales; nonfood sales fell 1.6 per cent.
News of note from the Garden Press Day at the RHS Horticultural Halls show, courtesy of Horticulture Week: Coblands has launched an eCommerce site, Best4Plants.co.uk; Crocus
posted flat sales last year after enjoying 35 per cent growth from 2005 to 2007; Thompson & Morgan “predicts 30 per cent rises in fruit and vegetable mail order sales this year”.
M&M Direct chief executive Steven Robinson and Tesco Direct chief exec Laura Wade-Gery are quoted in a Times article about looking to online staff for potential retail executives.
Holly Tucker, founder of cooperative cataloguer/etailer NotontheHighStreet.com, is profiled in The Times.
Gardening catalogues Seeds of Italy and Chiltern Seeds get the seal of approval from a Guardian gardening columnist.