News roundup—13th August 2008

News roundup—13th August 2008

The Primondo mail order division of Arcandor
enjoyed a “pleasing” third quarter. Sales for the
division rose by more than 14 per cent, to €1.0 billion,
with sales outside of the company’s home base of Germany up
nearly 32 per cent. Primondo’s titles include womenswear
catalogues Elegance and Peter Hahn and apparel and
housewares mailer Afibel.

Jewellery designer/retailer Ortak is opening two more
stores in its native Scotland, bringing the total number of shops
to 14. According to The Scotsman, the company’s sales rose 10.6
per cent last year, to £6.9 million. In addition to its
stores, Ortak sells via catalogue and the web and to resellers.

Toys retailer/cataloguer Hamleys is expanding into
India. The Times of India reports that Hamleys
plans to open stores in Mumbai and New Delhi by next year. It
opened its first store outside of Europe, in Jordan, in June.
Also entering the Indian market: Tesco, which expects to
launch its cash-and-carry business in Mumbai next year.


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