News roundup—11th February 2008

News roundup—11th February 2008

Elvi, which sells apparel for plus-size women
via 80 stores and online, has fallen into administration,
The Observer reports.

Two Cabinet ministers are to work with local agencies to
assist the hundreds of Empire Stores employees
who are expected to be made redundant later this year when
Littlewoods acquires the assets of the failing big-book
cataloguer, according to The Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Sunday Times cites a study in
which 38 per cent of the more than 1,500 employers surveyed said
they were planning redundancies over the next three months, up
from 17 per cent three months ago. But the same article also
cites a report showing that January year-on-year sales rose
almost 5 per cent. “With net recruitment activity still
positive, signs of mounting employer pessimism shouldn’t be
read as evidence of a jobs market meltdown,” said the
chief economist of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development. “But it does suggest the UK is entering a
period of slower employment growth and somewhat greater job
insecurity than in recent years.”

Farmers Guardian profiles £2.5
million natural gardening and lifestyle cataloguer
Wiggly Wigglers and its founder, Heather


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