Consumer confidence dipped in November despite shoppers showing an increased tendency to purchase big-ticket furniture and electricals items.
Department store John Lewis has banned its staff from using their discounts to snap up online bargains on Black Friday this year.
Ao.com boss John Roberts said he plans to “win” Black Friday this year as the electricals retailer kicked off its Sales bonanza last night.
Ao.com sales rose in its first half but it slipped into the red after investments in its overseas operations and marketing.
Argos’s website went down temporarily today as it launched a 12-day Black Friday Sales event across thousands of products.
Black Friday has fundamentally changed the shape of Christmas trade and this year’s festive shopping trend is set to be even more pronounced.
Three quarters of consumers planning to make a purchase on Black Friday will buy from online giant Amazon, a study has revealed.
Sales at John Lewis department stores broke through the £100m barrier last week, boosted by homewares, as peak trading got under way.
Retailers’ fortunes are expected to vary dramatically over Black Friday, which is set to be the biggest yet and generate about £1bn in revenues.
Scottish retailers suffered last month as industry like-for-like sales slipped 2.8%, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium/KPMG Monitor.
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Amazon is to help entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground with a dedicated online store selling products from British start-ups.
The Christmas ad competition is on to win shoppers’ seasonal spend. Here are some of the retailers’ approaches adopted for this year’s campaigns.
Carphone Warehouse has headed Down Under for its Christmas advert as it tries “something different” in its festive campaign.
UK retail sales fell slightly last month as consumers appear to be holding out for Black Friday.
Sales have already taken a hit in anticipation of Black Friday discounting, but the full extent of its impact remains to be seen.
Data: John Lewis’ latest Christmas advert, unveiled last Friday, has already generated more than 6 million views on YouTube.
French entertainment and electricals specialist Fnac has agreed terms over a deal to acquire its domestic rival Darty.
New retail red-letter days such as Singles’ Day should be encouraged but they should meet shoppers’ needs and build value for retailers.
Only 39% of female shoppers are planning to take part in Black Friday compared with 51% last year, according to a new survey.
UK retail sales are projected to increase 2.5% year on year in December to £42bn, according to market research firm Mintel
Very owner Shop Direct has reported full-year pre-tax profits up 78% to £71.7m, driven by investment in big data and personalisation.
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Dixons Carphone has bought Nordic service and repair company Infocare Workshop for £10m as it seeks to control the end-to-end customer service journey.