News roundup—3rd November 2008

News roundup—3rd November 2008
  • Fashion cataloguer Boden was number two on a
    “survivability” index, compiled by BDO Stoy Hayward
    and Verdict, that ranks the companies in the best position to
    emerge triumphant from the current economic woes. Tesco
    headed the list; other multichannel retailers in the top 10, as
    cited by The Times, include John Lewis,
    eco-friendly fashion cataloguer Howies, fashion
    retailer/cataloguer TM Lewin and casualwear
    retailer/cataloguer Fat Face.
  • B&Q and Screwfix parent company
    Kingfisher, Europe’s largest DIY retailer, “plans
    to double its Polish business over five years, saying the
    return of over a million migrants will help limit the impact of
    a global recession there,” reports the International Herald Tribune.
  • In its Austerity-themed Sunday supplement, The Independent recommended Franchi
    Seeds of Italy
    as “the trendiest seed catalogue in
    town”. Also recommended: The Real Seed Co and
    Nicky’s Seeds received kudos as well.
  • Apparel discount cataloguer M&M Direct, meanwhile, was
    praised in The Independent’s “Bargain
    Hunter” column.
  • In its own take on “credit crunch chic”,
    The Times ran an excerpt from The Thrift
    Book: Live Well and Spend Less
    by India Knight that
    recommends, among other direct marketers,, People
    and Marks & Spencer for their opposition to
    child labour and Lakeland for its Hagerty Dry Cleaner


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