News roundup—5th October 2009

News roundup—5th October 2009

Speciality women’s fashion cataloguer/retailer Long
Tall Sally has acquired the US website and 10 Canadian
stores of retailer Tall Girls. The Times reports that the Tall Girls
website and stores had sales of £9.4 million last year.

Although balloting of Communication Workers Union (CWU)
members regarding a nationwide Royal Mail strike doesn’t end
until Thursday, union sources have told The Telegraph that there are “already
indications of a strong vote in favour” of striking.

Tesco has been keeping busy. On Saturday it
launched, an apparel website. The site
sells Tesco’s own F&F brand as well as outside brands including
Adidas, Playboy, and Timberland. According to MarketWatch, apparel already accounts for
£1 billion a year in sales for Tesco. The supermarket
chain had launched a fashion website during the 2007 Christmas
season but shut it just five months later. In other Tesco news,
Which? reports that it has partnered with
the Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom, and Bathroom
Installers to offer installation services of its
bathroom and kitchen ranges. is beta-testing a UK version of
its Japanese standalone footwear website, Javari, reports

“Littlewoods owner Shop
Direct is set to file accounts at Companies House that
will reveal the £1.7 billion home shopping giant made losses
of £114 million in the year to April,” reports the
Daily Mail.

Want to buy the Wales home of the late Laura Ashley? It’s for
sale, reports The Times.


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