News Roundup—16th January 2008

News Roundup—16th January 2008

Blacks Leisure, whose brands include outdoor gear
cataloguer/retailer Millets, warned that its year-end
financials will fall short of goal. That’s despite a 2.8 per cent
rise in like-for-like sales for the six weeks ended 12th
January-a welcome turnaround from the 4.5 per cent fall in
like-for-like sales for the sale period the previous year.
According to The Guardian, declining sales of surfing
goods are to blame.

Not surprisingly, Amazon sites were the most popular among
UK Christmas shoppers, according to comScore, reaping 9 per cent of the share of visits
to retail websites. Apple was number two, with 6 per cent.
In France, however, home-grown Groupe PPR topped the list,
with 11 per cent; Similarly, German-based Otto Gruppe was
the most popular site in Germany, with 13 per cent of shoppers.

Fashion retailer Whistles has finally made its website

Mothercare, which includes Early
Learning Centre, reported a like-for-like sales increase of
3.4 per cent for the 13 weeks ended 11th January. Excluding
catalogue/web sales, turnover rose 2.5 per cent.

Donate clothes to Oxfam and get a £5 voucher to Marks and
Spencer: That’s the gist of a new partnership between the
not-for-profit group and the retailer, The Guardian reports. Of course, there’s
some fine print-for one thing, each bag of donated clothing must
include at least one garment from M&S.


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