News roundup—24th March 2009

News roundup—24th March 2009

ArgentVive, the parent company of online booksellers and, is in
administration. Administrators David Rubin & Partners hope to
sell the business, which includes two stores, as a whole or as
separate entities. BookRabbit, a social networking site as well
as an etailer, only just launched, with much fanfare, last

More gloom from Ideal Shopping Direct: The TV and
online shopping company expects one-offs and exceptional costs to
be £7.5 million greater than anticipated, according to the
Press Association.

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, Suttons Seeds, and Thompson &
Morgan feature prominently in a Horticulture Week article titled “10
Ways to Sell More Packet Seeds”.

Amazon launched a Japanese website selling shoes and
accessories exclusively, reports the Financial Times. The new site,
Javari, is similar to Amazon’s US


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