News roundup—4th August 2008

News roundup—4th August 2008

David Cameron is most definitely Boden. But
which catalogues dress the members of the opposition party? As
Cameron and Brown are snapped on holiday, the Times muses that “there’s nothing
more dated than yesterday’s holiday wear, particularly on a
real or would-be prime minister”.

Amazon is continuing on its acquisition trail. Having
purchased fabric, sewing tools and accessories supplier in June and digital audio specialist in January, it’s added rare and hard-to-find
books etailer, AbeBooks to its portfolio. British
Columbia-based AbeBooks will keep running as a stand-alone
operation and will keep all its websites.

The UK is “king of the clicks”. According to Mintel,
Britain overtook Germany as Europe’s number one online retail
market with internet retail sales in the UK at 9.79 billion
euro, some 80 million euro ahead of Germany.

The Independent details how to recreate the
Toast look: “Eastern European fairy-tales,
locations to die for and a catalogue cosy enough to live

Guy Watson, founder of Devon-based organic produce delivery
scheme Riverford Organic, appreciates the irony of the
downturn in sales of organic food: “After
so many years of talking about the virtues of growing your own
and British produce, people are doing it and it is resulting in
a fall in trade.”

Gideon Lask is to leave HMV where he is eCommerce
director to join music label Universal.

Whilst branded sales in the Next Directory catalogue and its
spin-off website Brand Directory accounted for just 1 per cent of
sales. Next is considering introducing branded merchandise to its
stores reports Drapers.

Lingerie etailer has launched a clearance site
offering discounts of up to 70 per cent off underwear, sleepwear
and swimsuits.


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