News Roundup—21st February 2008

News Roundup—21st February 2008

Headline of the week, from Channel Register regarding Dell’s
decision to offer more retailers the option of selling its
computers as it shifts away from its direct-to-consumer model:
“Dell tells channel: You’re not just a bit on the

“Christian Rucker and family” were number 16 on
The Telegraph’s “Made It by 40”
list of the UK’s top young entrepreneurs. Rucker founded the
£49 million White Company, a cataloguer/retailer of
home decor. Her husband, Nick Wheeler, is head of £47
million apparel cataloguer/retailer Charles

Two major US cataloguers, personalised gifts mailer
Lillian Vernon and gadgets cataloguer/retailer Sharper
Image, have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection,
reports Portfolio.

Confectioner Thorntons grew its half-year catalogue
and web sales nearly 26 per cent, to £5.3 million for the 28
weeks to 12th January, reports The Independent. Total sales and
profits both rose 14 per cent for the same period.


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