News roundup—14th July 2009

News roundup—14th July 2009

Year-on-year retail sales for June climbed 3.2 per cent,
according to the British Retail Consortium-significantly higher
than the 1.2 per cent rise economists had expected, reports
The Telegraph. Direct sales, including
online sales, of nonfood items jumped 16.8 per cent.

Bonprix, a value-priced division of Otto Group,
has acquired US manufacturer/cataloguer Venus Swimwear.
Venus fell into receivership in May after its primary lender
pulled financing.

Even Mills & Boon has gone digital. According to
The Times, the publisher of bodice-rippers
sells hard copies and digital versions of its books on its
eCommerce site.


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