News roundup—25th April 2008

News roundup—25th April 2008

No slowdown here: That’s what the managing director of
Amazon UK said, according to The Times. “We opened an
800,000-sq-ft fulfilment centre in Swansea last week,”
said Brian McBride, “and you wouldn’t do that unless you
have a lot of confidence.”

Now that US-based medical and dental supplier Henry
Schein has acquired another UK business, Cardiff-based
Minerva Dental, staff at Schein’s UK healthcare equipment
headquarters in Bradford are waiting to see if any redundancies
will result, reports the Telegraph & Argus.

Taking a glass-half-full point of view, The Scotsman titled its article about the
latest Office for National Statistics report on retail sales
“Death of the consumer? Not yet”. Although retail
sales fell 0.4 per cent in March, sales for the first quarter
overall were actually up 2 per cent.

The economic slump may be good news for gardening
cataloguers: According to The Guardian, sales of vegetable seeds are
soaring, due in part to consumers’ desire to reduce their food
bills. At multichannel marketer Thompson & Morgan, for
instance, sales of veggie seeds had climbed 40 per cent from two
years ago.


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