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With Christmas fast approaching, the wonderful and sometimes weird internet of things will change how people live and shop.

Comment: Online shoppers are ready for a connected Christmas

By Sebastian James

With Christmas fast approaching, the wonderful and sometimes weird internet of things will change how people live and shop.

Big data is an essential tool for retailers but it shouldn’t get in the way of good old-fashioned intuition and judgement.

Comment: Retailers should not let big data cloud the big picture

By Michael Jary

Big data is an essential tool for retailers but it shouldn’t get in the way of good old-fashioned intuition and judgement.

Asda was the only one of the powerhouse grocers to maintain share – although its sales still fell in line with the declining market.

Comment: As Asda’s sales decline, could the golden era of grocery be over?

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Despite growth in convenience and online retail, the big four grocers continue to struggle to maintain share in a competitive market.

B&M’s interim results show that the retailer is a strong growth business, so why has its post-IPO share price been underwhelming?

Comment: B&M’s results show the discounter must grow into its valuation

By Nick Bubb

B&M’s interim results show that the retailer is a strong growth business, so why has its post-IPO share price been underwhelming?

Marks and Spencer has named Helen Weir as group finance director

Comment: From banking to bras – why Helen Weir is right hire for M&S

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Helen Weir may have been among banking group Lloyds’ top brass in the run-up to the financial crash but her appointment at M&S is welcome.

Penzance, Quay st.

Comment: Do retailers care about locations outside London?

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Do retailers care about places other than the capital? John Ryan explores Penzance, where retailer coverage rather than care appears paramount.

Mobile payment technology is increasingly important in retail

Comment: Investing in retail is increasingly about technology investment

By Dan Coen

Virtually every list of tech start–ups includes a high proportion of enterprises aimed at the retail sector, mobile or ecommerce. 

The Government has milked the high street for too long, argues Paul Turner-Mitchell

Comment: Government has treated the high street as a cash cow for too long

By Paul Turner-Mitchell

Shop vacancy rates have increased for the first time in almost two years, but Government must stop treating the high street as a cash cow.

Asda\'s sales may have declined but it is still ahead of the market

Comment: Asda still leads the big four despite its sales decline

By Clive Black

Asda’s 1.6% fall in like-for-likes indicates just how challenging the British supermarket scene has become.

Oxford St christmas lights 2014

Blog: Many festive returns for retailers this Christmas

By Mark Pettit

As we enter the festive period, and the busiest time of the year for retail, Hermes considers how retailers can best manage their returns

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