News roundup—13th May 2009

News roundup—13th May 2009

Following the announcement that annual profits rose 11
per cent to £543 million, supermarket chain Sainsbury
said it was pushing ahead with its store expansion plans and has
timetabled its nonfood online offering launch for September this
year. According to Reuters, Sainsbury was the fastest-growing
of the UK’s big four supermarkets during the Easter holiday
period, beating Asda, Morrisons, and

Lands’ End beefed up its social media elements with the
launch of Swim Island-an interactive microsite designed to
make buying swimwear more enjoyable. Swim Island links back to
Lands’ End’s US site, where Stateside-based customers can make
their purchases.

Menswear retailer Blue Inc is launching its womenswear
offering online following a successful trial in store, reports

Visa trials more anti-fraud measures, writes the BBC-this time a credit card with a digital display
designed to reduce online fraud.

The Office for National Statistics has released unemployment
figures a day early after it was leaked that the number of people
out of work in the first quarter of the year had risen to 2.2
million. The Guardian noted that this is “the
worst quarterly result since the early 1980s”.

Jewellery designer, manufacturer and retailer Ortak
has launched a competition in partnership with the Sunday Herald to find the “jewellery
designers of tomorrow”. The winner will receive an
all-expenses paid trip to Ortak’s Orkney headquarters to watch
the design being made into a limited edition of 2,009 items.


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