News roundup—25th June 2009

News roundup—25th June 2009

Woolworths has reopened for business-online only, of
course. The venerable retailer was acquired out of
administration earlier this year by Littlewoods parent
company Shop Direct. houses three
departments: the Main Shop, which sells toys, children’s
apparel, and consumer electronics; the Entertainment Shop,
selling CDs, DVDs, games, and books; and the Party & Pic n’ Mix
Shop. The Hut Group operates the entertainment site, and
Party Delights handles the party site; both have
independent checkout processes.

Annual sales at electricals merchant DSG International
fell 1 per cent, to £8.23 billion for the year ended 2nd May.
In the UK and Ireland, underlying like-for-like sales declined 11
per cent, to £4.23 billion, and profits plunged 62.5 per cent,
to £58.7 million. Sales at DSGi Business, which includes
cataloguer PC World Business, fell 17.9 per cent, to
£325.8 million, but were “in line with expectations in
a challenging market,” according to a statement. DSG’s
other brands include Dixons and Currys.

Apparel brand Jack Wills has launched
JWunsigned, a website dedicated to “supporting and
showcasing the freshest music and the latest unsigned
talent”. The site includes tabs linking to the Jack Wills
eCommerce site as well as sections devoted to music videos,
reviews, and news.

Brent Hoberman, co-founder of travel website and home furnishings site, is the subject of a brief profile at
Real Business.

Food cataloguer Forman and Field is recommended by
The Telegraph as a source for picnic


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