News roundup—8th January 2009

News roundup—8th January 2009

The ECMOD Awards, recognising excellence in business among
cataloguers and multichannel marketers, are now free to enter
thanks to support from parcel carrier Citipost. Companies may now
enter as many awards categories as are relevant to them without
incurring entry costs of up to £145. The closing date for
entries is 20th February 2009 with the ECMOD Awards Gala dinner
scheduled for 2nd April at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

Group sales at multititle mailer Findel for the 39 weeks to
2nd January 2009 were down 4 per cent on last year-“a
satisfactory performance in the current market” noted the
group’s board in a statement to the City. Sales in the home
shopping division, which includes the Letterbox,
Studio and Kitbag businesses were 6 per cent lower
than the same period last year, “reflecting not only the
current economic environment but also a planned reduction in
recruitment in the credit business” it said. Sales in the
educational supplies division were also down, falling 3 per cent
compared to last year, although demand is cumulatively 1 per cent
ahead. On the positive side, Findel’s healthcare division
continues to perform strongly, posting a sales rise of 14
per cent.

Electrical retailer Miller Brothers is the latest
casualty of the economic downturn. The business, which prior to
its collapse operated a store in Doncaster, a website and a
white-label service on behalf of other retailers–including
Woolworths–will close by the end of the month unless a buyer is
found, reports the
Yorkshire Evening Post

The Croydon Guardian profiles gifts and gadgets


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