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Former Carpetright boss Darren Shapland has been appointed as Poundland chairman today. Retail Week profiled Shapland in 2012 when he was hired by Carpetright.
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Kitchenwares retailer Lakeland has opened its first stores in India and is planning more.
TV shopping channel Sit-Up, which operates Price Drop and Bid TV, has collapsed into administration just a month after it secured a CVA.
Express Gifts owner Findel revealed sales jumped 5% in its full year as it expects profits to be “substantially” ahead year on year.
N Brown revealed “robust, reliable growth” over the Christmas trading period, and it plans to step up investment for its overseas growth plans.
Lakeland is in talks with potential franchise partners in India and the Far East as it pushes ahead with its international growth plans.
Catalogue shopping analysis
With the World Cup on our screens this summer we examine retailers preparations and expectations for the world’s biggest football event.
Head of ecommerce Paul Hornby shared the seven-year story of Shop Direct’s transformation from a catalogue business to a digital retailer at the Oracle Retail Exchange in New York during last week’s NRF.
Catalogue shopping comment
Next posted £695m pre-tax profit to the end of January, bucking the trend of flat or declining growth faced by many retailers.
Next’s full-year figures showed that the fashion powerhouse remains a pastmaster in multichannel retailing.