News roundup—Handpicked Collection, Tesco, Ideal Shopping, more


  • Gifts cataloguer the Handpicked Collection
    reported a 46 percent jump in like-for-like annual sales,
    exceeding expectations. What’s more, it outperformed its
    Christmas forecast by 27 percent. The company credits its
    redesigned website, ongoing SEO efforts, and expansion of its
    range for the uptick.

  • For the six weeks to 9th January, sales at Tesco
    Direct
    , the supermarket’s nonfood direct division, were
    up more than 50 percent from the previous year. Tesco’s total
    online sales rose nearly 20 percent, and total UK sales increased
    8.3 percent.

  • Ideal Shopping Direct, which sells via direct
    TV and the internet, expects to have returned to profitability
    for the fiscal year ended 3rd January. Annual year-on-year
    growth rose 9.2 percent, with second-half sales up 18.5
    percent.

  • The ongoing arctic weather is giving sales a boost at
    clothing cataloguer Damart, which specialises in
    thermal underwear and other cold-weather apparel. According to
    the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, sales so far
    this year are up about 20 percent from last year. The company
    expects turnover to reach nearly £100 million for the
    current fiscal year.

  • And Patra Silk reported a 30 percent rise in
    sales of thermal underwear this past week compared with last
    year.

  • Maternity and nursery products cataloguer/retailer
    Mamas & Papas received additional bank funds to
    support continued expansion into the Middle East, Japan,
    Continental Europe, and Russia, the Times reports. It is launching a Japanese
    website and catalogue later this month.

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