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Thoughts of the crucial Christmas trading period begin to loom large for the sector

Comment: Retailers’ thoughts turn to the crucial Christmas period

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Thoughts of the crucial Christmas trading period begin to loom large for the sector, amid warnings of another unspectacular festive period.

Samsung CenterStage endless aisle technology

The possibilities of digital aisles are endless for retailers

By Simon Hathaway

Floor space may be one of the most limiting factors for retailers, but innovation is promising to revolutionise the in-store experience.

Lord Kirkham

Comment: The business of being happy

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We retailers are in the happiness business. We want our customers to be happy so they will keep coming back, and need our staff to be happy because there is no bigger turn-off than a miserable face.

Carrefour and Auchan have recently announced they are leaving the Indian market altogether.

Comment: Carrefour and Walmart reveal complexity of Indian market

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India’s underdeveloped modern retail sector seemed to present the perfect investment – but expansion has not proved so simple for retailers.

Lidl

Comment: Will Lidl's fashion range measure up in a competitive market?

By Anusha Couttigane

Lidl has launched into the clothing market with a range that incudes a £14.99 leather jacket. But how will it fare in a very competitive market?

Morrisons\' I\'m Cheaper campaign

Comment: Morrisons is playing catch up with its rivals

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Morrisons has been playing catch up again this week, both with opening hours and marketing.

George has overtaken Marks & Spencer to become the second largest clothing retailer by volume

Comment: Is George at Asda a future king of fashion?

By Anusha Couttigane

The news that George at Asda has overtaken Marks & Spencer to become the second largest clothing retailer by volume comes as little surprise to most.

Toys R Us Brent Cross

Comment: What should Toys R Us do to avoid further profit drops?

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Another fall in profits at the UK outpost of the global toy retailer could be reversed, but it requires in-store change.

Amazon has launched a card reader

Comment: Amazon's commercial conflict could hinder its payments play

By Jason Nathan

Despite hefty investment by some retailers, near field communication (NFC) – what some thought would become the payment norm – has not taken off.

Will robots replace supply chain workers?

Blog: Will smart robots revolutionise the supply chain?

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Returns are a long-term problem for online retailers. The proportion of returned products can reach 40% in some categories, with fashion particularly affected.

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