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A week in multichannel retailing: from IRX 2014 to Laura Ashley and Tui Travel

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We're on a high in today's InternetRetailing newsletter after the fourth annual Internet Retailing Expo broke all records. Attendance figures were 24% up on the same time last year. Find out more – and see the pictures – in today's IRX story.

IRX 2014 was also the location for the launch of our new IRDX Top500 Footprint 2014. We reported from the launch on what the report is all about, and where it will go from here.

Despite the excitement we've also kept tabs over the last few days on the latest stories from the world of ecommerce and multichannel retailing. Today we report that online sales rose by 12.4% in February, with department stores seeing ecommerce sales up by a remarkable 22%, according to ONS figures.

We also report on Tui Travel figures showing that 40% of their winter holidays sold online this season, and on full-year results from Laura Ashley, where the emphasis is firmly on ecommerce.

Our guest comment today is from Philip Rooke of Spreadshirt, who considers whether retailers need to start accepting Bitcoins.

Our research

We're currently looking at the use of ecommerce techniques in the B2B sector. Take part in our survey to contribute to a research briefing that will be published later this spring.

Our events

We're now gearing up for Internet Retailing Expo 2014 (IRX 2014) in Birmingham. The event will be held on March 26 and 27 at the NEC in Birmingham, where there'll be an array of conference streams, workshops and a wide range of exhibitors showing off the latest cutting edge technologies. Watch the Internet Retailing website for the latest news on speakers and exhibitors, while registrations are open on the IRX 2014 website.

Catch-up on IRC 2013

If you missed an Internet Retailing Conference 2013 presentation that you'd like to catch up on, you can do so now through the post-event website. Visitors to www.internetretailingconference.com can access all the presentations that we've been given permission to share with our audiences.
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