News roundup–26th October 2009

News roundup–26th October 2009

The Communications Workers Union and Royal Mail “will
have their work cut out when they hold talks to try to avoid
another postal strike” today, writes the Guardian. The discussion is likely to get
heated following a BBC interview with Royal Mail boss Adam
Crozier on Sunday in which he called on the union to “shut up”
and stop making “nonsensical” claims.

Eight years after its UK arm was bought by John
, has reentered the UK
market. It has also opened up sites in Canada, France, and
Germany and will have a presence in Italy and Spain by the end of
the year.

According to Manchester Evening News JD
interest in acquiring Kitbag
from Findel has waned, but the chain will
still make an acquisition in Europe before the end of 2009.

The Telegraph tips furniture
retailer/cataloguer Dwell as a possible bidder
for troubled homewares chain Habitat.

The Times profiles Patrick Byrne, owner of
discount etaliler and its
artisan-supporting fair trade sister site


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