News roundup—21st July 2008

News roundup—21st July 2008

Marks & Spencer, at number 17, is the top-rated retailer
on the Superbrands list of the UK’s top 500
brands. Other merchants on the list include chocolatier
Thorntons at number 18, Harrods (35), John
Lewis (60), bookseller Waterstone’s (116), nursery
products retailer/cataloguer Mamas & Papas (189), toys
merchant Hamleys (197), Next (251), The Body
Shop, (259), (285), jeweller Tiffany
& Co. (288), Early Learning Centre (304), apparel
merchant French Connection (342), maternity and baby
supplies retailer/cataloguer Mothercare, (422), decor
merchant Habitat (423), cosmetics marketer Avon
(454), Argos (463) and travel website (476). Topping the list: Google.
Quality, reliability and distinctiveness were the core

Retailer/cataloguers Emma Bridgewater, John Lewis and
Oka are among the decor merchants featured in a Times article titled “How to pick up
an interior bargain”.

Food delivery service Ocado is looking to expand its
product offering to include apparel and other non-food items,
reports The Guardian.


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