News roundup—18th July 2008

News roundup—18th July 2008

Seventeen per cent of all retail spending in the UK this year
has been online, notes The Scotsman, citing a report from IMRG and
Capgemini. “In the first six months of this year, online
sales soared to £26.5 billion, as shoppers increasingly
turned away from the high street and looked for bargains
elsewhere. Since January, internet shopping has increased by 38
per cent compared with the same period in 2007”.

In its “My Big Idea” column, The Times speaks with Donna Baker, who
earlier this year launched the Guy catalogue
and website of apparel for boys. (Catalogue e-business
beat The Times to the punch, however: We wrote about Guy in
April, in issue 152.)

The Daily Post in North Wales looks at the
All the Little Shops scheme, designed to help retailers in
small towns compete against larger brands by creating an online
shopping portal for each community.


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