News roundup—19th February 2008

News roundup—19th February 2008

Apparel discounter MandMDirect was number
two on The Sunday Times’ Buyout Track 100,
its ranking of the private-equity-backed companies with the
fastest-growing profits. Other print or online cataloguers that
made the list include footwear mailer Hotter Comfort
Concept (number 10), nutritional supplements merchant
Maximuscle (number 26), apparel
cataloguer/retailer Fat Face (number 29), shirtmaker TM
Lewin (number 37) and window treatment specialist
Hillarys (number 93).

Plus-size apparel specialist Evans is
entering the US market, reports Women’s Wear Daily. The cataloguer/retailer
plans to mail more than 1 million US catalogues in August and to
launch a US version of its website; it’s also considering opening
some stores in the States.

Cataloguers Cotton Traders and Simon
Jersey are joining forces to launch a catalogue that
enables customers to order personalised Cotton Traders apparel as
workwear, according to The Lancashire Telegraph.

The announcement over the weekend that
Experian is considering “strategic
alternatives” for its PriceGrabber
comparison-shopping website has led The Independent to examine the crowded
comparison-site market and wonder if a shakeout is likely.

The high street’s loss is the cyber street’s gain:
The Guardian looks at a report by
Accenture that attributes much of the rise in online shopping
to declines in store service and stock availability.


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