News roundup—12th February 2009

News roundup—12th February 2009

Fiscal first-quarter sales for Arcandor’s
Primondo catalogue division inched upward by 0.4 per cent
from last year, to €1.22 billion (£1.11 billion), with
strong December sales compensating for a weak October and
November. But “some specialty mail order companies,
particularly those focusing on older customer groups were
considerably impacted by the general economic downturn,”
the Germany-based company noted in a release. Overall its
specialty mail order group suffered a 3.3 per cent decline in
first-quarter sales. The parent company of big-book cataloguer
Quelle, Arcandor also owns the Elegance, Afibel,
Madeleine, and Peter Hahn speciality titles, among

Jean-Michel Noir was named the new CEO of PPR’s
Redcats Group catalogue division. Redcats’ titles include
La Redoute, Daxon, and Vertbaudet.

Kingfisher will be introducing supply counters of its
Screwfix catalogue brand into the building-supplies
sections of its B&Q stores, according to The Times, in an effort to capture more
business from tradesmen.

Sales at Vente-Privee, an online seller of discounted
designer apparel via subscriber-only “private sales”,
soared 46 per cent last year, to £545 million, The Guardian reports. Vente-Privee launched
a UK site in September 2008.


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