Pop-up retail shops contribute £2.1bn a year to the UK economy – and are a phenomenon that’s growing faster than the retail industry as a whole, a new study has found. Temporary shops, used by traders from online retailers testing an offline presence, brands testing a new product, restauranteurs, and (more…)
Boohoo.com has launched its third foreign language website, launching into the German market. de.boohoo.com follows the May launch of the retailer’s Spanish site and last October’s launch of the French site. It will be supported by a marketing campaign in Germany.
This week’s surprise exit of Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke, to be replaced in the role by Unilever veteran Dave Lewis, has sparked a flurry of debate, suggestions and questions to be answered. Centre stage is a consensus that Tesco will now focus on price under the leadership of a (more…)
Evidence of consumers changing the way they shop came from new British Retail Consortium (BRC) figures today. Today’s BRC-Springboard Footfall Monitor found that in June, more people visited out-of-town shopping destinations, but fewer went to the high street or to shopping centres. Overall, footfall fell by 0.7%, with the high (more…)
Sports Direct and AO World both this week unveiled online sales that had grown by more than a quarter. Sports equipment and clothing retailer Sports Direct said turnover from online grew by 26.8% to £335.4m in the year to April 27, compared to the same time last year, and now (more…)
Mothercare this week reported falling online sales in response to a move away from discounting. While sales were lower, it said, they were also more profitable since more were made at full price. The maternity to nursery equipment retailer said online sales for home delivery were down by 6.4% in (more…)
Online sales growth in the UK was at its weakest for almost a year in June as hot weather kept shoppers away, according to British Retail Consortium figures out today. Non-food online sales grew by 10.6% in June, compared to the same time last year, and now make up 17.2% (more…)
FatFace reports that its ecommerce sales grew by 39% to account for 15% of its total sales in a year in which it relaunched its website. The multichannel fashion retailer says conversion rates lifted strongly following the redesign, which was launched in October 2013. The company is also focused on (more…)
England’s early exit from the World Cup hit online sales in June, with beer sales plunging following the national team’s failure to win a single match in the tournament, according to the etail trade association the IMRG . The figures emerged with June’s IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index today. It (more…)
Burberry this week said that digital outperformed in every region to help deliver it a 17% rise in retail sales. Shoppers spent £370m at Burberry in the first quarter of its financial year, to June 30, while like-for-like sales rose by 12% on the same time last year. Burberry said (more…)
SuperGroup this week reported online sales up by more than a quarter in its latest financial year, despite a slowing in visitors that came as customers moved to mobile. The multichannel fashion retailer said it had responded by rolling out tablet and mobile sites and would continue to invest in (more…)
Tour de France excitement combined with good weather got cycling sales off to a good start, both online and off, in the first quarter of Halfords’ financial year. The automotive-to-cycling equipment multichannel retailer said ecommerce sales lifted by 13.1% in the first quarter of its financial year, compared to the (more…)
Mothercare has appointed internet retailing veteran Mark Newton-Jones as its chief executive. The appointment, which starts from July 17, follows Newton-Jones’ four-month interim stint in the role leading the maternity-to-nursery-equipment provider. The hire reflects the importance of online and multichannel retailing to the company: Newton-Jones previously spent 10 years as (more…)
Thorntons today reported a 15.4% rise in online sales over the last year, while total company sales rose by 0.7% to £222.5m. Retail sales, however, were down by 5.6% over the year as 36 stores closed. But online sales fell by 2% over the final quarter of the year, with (more…)
Marks & Spencer today reported falling online sales as the new M&S.com site “settled in”. In the first quarter of its financial year, ecommerce sales fell by 8.1%, while group sales rose by 2.3% and UK sales rose by 2% and like-for-like sales, which strip out the effect of store (more…)
Our very own Internet Retailing Expo (IRX) saw off tough competition from across the event industry to be crowned the Best Tradeshow over 2000 square metres at the AEO Excellence Awards 2014 last Friday.
The average UK shopper now uses more than five retailers and three different channels to buy their monthly groceries, according to new research. The WindowOn…Fragmented Shopper Repertoires report, from shopper research agency Shoppercentric, asked more than 1,100 UK shoppers about their grocery buying habits. It found that 70% said they (more…)
Naked Wines has reported 40% growth in its latest financial year, sending turnover past the £50m milestone. The wine pureplay, which underpins wine retail with social media while also crowdfunding to finance independent winemakers, said its worldwide turnover had grown to £53m in 2013, from £38m in 2012, while UK (more…)
La Senza’s ecommerce website has been put on hold while administrators look for a buyer for its stores. Its owner, Marnixheath, was put into administration on Wednesday. The news comes just over two years since La Senza UK, then under different ownership, was previously in administration. PwC administrator Robert Moran (more…)
Ocado has moved into the black, reporting a half-year profit of £7.5m, while sales rose by 15.6%.