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
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