News roundup—11th August 2008

News roundup—11th August 2008

Shop Direct Group, parent company of Littlewoods
Direct, claimed the number-two spot in The Telegraph’s list of Britain’s 10
largest privately held retailers, with sales of £1.83
billion. Arcadia/BHS topped the list.

Number six on The Telegraph’s list, £1.36 billion
general merchandiser Wilkinsons told the paper that sales from its recently
launched web and catalogue business, WilkinsonPlus, “have
been very encouraging”.

Argos managing director Sara Weller talks to This Is Money about why her company isn’t
overly worried about the growing mail order businesses of
Tesco and Woolworths or about the weak economy.

Was failed online gifts registry Wrapit trading while
insolvent, which is illegal? The Times reports that administrator KPMG
is investigating.

Cataloguers The White Company, Oka, Laura Ashley,
Chairworks, The Pier and New England Lifestyle are
amongst the home decor retailers cited in a Times article about “seaside


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