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Costa posts 8% increase in like-for-like sales as weather boosts trade
Costa Coffee grew its like-for like sales by 8% in its UK stores in its first quarter as the unseasonably cold weather in the period boosted coffee sales.
Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose post record shares as grocery market continues to polarise
Latest grocery share figures for the 12 weeks ending 9 June show Aldi, Lidl and Waitrose all stealing market share from the big four retailers as the market continues polarise.
Strong online retail performance in May despite decline in basket value
New figures have revealed that the online retail market grew by 16% year-on-year in May and by 5% on April 2013 despite strong comparatives from the same month last year which included the build-up...
Park Group raises £4.41 million to fund next phase of growth
Gift voucher and prepaid gift card provider Park Group has raised £4.41 million through a new shares placing as a means of funding its next phase of growth.
The Hut Group sees 30.4% increase in full-year sales
Online retailer The Hut Group saw a 30.4% increase in sales in the year to 31 December 2012 as the group continued to invest in its proprietary technology platform to help drive growth.
Financial downturn creates nation of savvy shoppers
New research from the Which? consumer group has revealed that the financial downturn has led to consumers being less inclined to make impulse buys and more likely to seek advice before purchasing.
Debenhams to use non-airbrushed lingerie images
Debenhams has stopped using airbrushed photographs of models posing in its lingerie ranges as part of its commitment to promoting a positive body image amongst its customers.
Retail round up - the Sunday papers
Online retailers hit back at tax plan, Punch Taverns' creditors meet to discuss debt pile, Tesco stops sourcing clothes from Bangladesh, Matalan man hooks up with Damsel, Tussauds set for £3bn...
Conference review: Improving the customer experience is at the heart of generating loyalty
Generating customer loyalty is not just about retailers operating loyalty programmes but is more about improving the experience for the customer whereby they want to frequently return to that...
John Lewis sales down 5.2% last week
John Lewis saw its sales drop by 5.2% year-on-year last week as the retailer struggled against strong trading a year ago when sales were boosted by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and half...
Very to launch 360 click-to-buy product placement initiative in Big Brother
The new series of Big Brother starting this evening will see online department store Very.co.uk partner with Channel 5 to launch a 360 click-to-buy product placement initiative which will allow...
Woolworths case could have major effect on retailers considering redundancy programmes
The decision in the recent High Court case involving former employees of national retailer Woolworths will have huge implications for UK retailers which operate from multiple sites and are...
Retailers favour back-to basics strategies to drive growth: new survey
A new study has found that retailers across the world are increasingly opting for traditional 'back-to-basics' strategies to drive growth instead of following newer business trends.
Mulberry's profits fall as it eyes the US and Asia for growth
Luxury goods retailer Mulberry has reported a fall in its full-year revenue and pre-tax profit as growth in retail sales was offset by a decline in wholesale sales.
Home Retail Group reports rising sales
Home Retail Group said like-for-like sales at its Argos chain rose by 1.9% in the 13 weeks to 1 June driven by strong sales of electronic and electrical items and growth in online sales. On a total...
John Lewis to double the number of Kuoni concessions
John Lewis is to double the number of Kuoni travel concessions in its stores to eight following the success of the first four concessions in its Oxford Street, Southampton, Reading and Cardiff stores.
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