News roundup—14th January 2008

News roundup—14th January 2008

Christmas 2007 might not have been as bad for home shopping
companies as expected. Littlewoods Shop Direct
Group posted a 7 per cent rise in year-on-year sales for
the six weeks ended 4th January, reports Financial Times, with online sales up 44
per cent. The home shopping division of Findel also had cheery
news: For the 39 weeks ended 28th December, sales were up 32
per cent from the previous year. And The Times reports
that multititle mailer N Brown posted a 14
per cent rise in like-for-like sales for the 20 weeks to 12th

Footwear retailer Stylo, whose brands include cataloguer
Barratts, has authorised takeover talks, reports Reuters.

“Mum gets strangers’ post in her catalogue,” read the
headline in the Sunderland Echo. But the cataloguer
wasn’t to blame; Royal Mail, which had damaged the catalogue in
transit, had accidentally slipped the first-class letters inside.


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