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Fresh insights into Christmas trading, and predictions for 2014

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In today’s Internet Retailing newsletter we report on the first figures to give an insight into how retailers fared this Christmas, both online and off. That early insight suggests that while online sales have risen sharply, the boost has failed to lift total retail sales. Today we also report on the Christmas updates from Lush and Dunelm and report on predictions that dark stores and other warehousing will well on the way to doubling by the end of the year.

We also look ahead in the latest of our New Year series analysing 2014 retail trends – today the focus is on the customer, and look at traders’ investment priorities for the year ahead, as discovered through a Demandware survey. Finally, we cover a report suggesting that women are using ecommerce and related technology to spread their household spending.

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, but registrations are already 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 can access all the presentations that we’ve been given permission to share with our audiences.

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