News roundup—26th June 2008

News roundup—26th June 2008

Littlewoods is spending £4 million on a
TV, print and online ad campaign to promote its website.
The .Liverpool Daily Post quotes David
Inglis, trading director of parent company Shop
Direct, as saying, “This campaign signals our
intention to maintain our position as the UK’s leading online
and home shopping retailer.”

The good news for electricals seller DSGi:
Total sales for the year ended 3 May were nearly £8.55
billion, up 8 per cent from the previous year. The bad news: The
total loss before tax was £192.8 million, compared with a
profit of £114.1 million the previous year.
Currys and its online businesses
“performed well in the face of a more demanding
environment,” according to a company statement. Total eCommerce sales
increased 27 per cent, to £652.3 million. DSGi’s other
brands include PC World and

Bookseller Borders expects its newly
launched UK ecommerce site to become its “largest store
within a year,” reports, which looks at how the
company outsourced the development, hosting and fulfilment of
the site.

“Next buyout is on the cards,”
reads a headline in the Guardian.

“The gizmo market is thriving online, and leading the
invasion of our cluttered cupboards is,” writes the Independent in an article titled
“The fairly useless gadget show”. Two items from
Firebox-the Puchi Puchi Bubble Wrap Keychain and the
Wi-Fi-Detecting T-Shirt-are amongst the gadgets tested and

Petite Affair gets a shout-out in The Times’ “Fashion Q&A”
column. The specialist apparel cataloguer/retailer, which sells
womenswear in sizes 6-16, is planning to extend its range to
include size 4.


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