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The retail industry has joined forces to launch a campaign to boost careers in the sector and transform its image as a career.

Industry joins forces to launch Retail Matters careers campaign

The retail industry has come together to launch a campaign to boost careers in the sector and transform its image as an employer.

Retail sales volumes increased for the seventeenth consecutive month in August, rising 0.4% and reflecting “underlying growth” in the sector.

August retail sales increase 'reflects underlying growth' in sector

Retail sales volumes increased for the seventeenth consecutive month in August, rising 0.4% and reflecting “underlying growth” in the sector.

Superdrug owner AS Watson is launching its European digital eLab in London to develop innovative ecommerce campaigns across the group.

Superdrug owner health and beauty giant AS Watson opens eLab in London

Superdrug owner Hong Kong-based AS Watson is launching its European digital eLab in London to develop innovative ecommerce campaigns across the group.

Breakfast Briefing

Breakfast briefing: Retail news on Phones 4u, Phase Eight and footfall

Retail news round-up on September 15, 2014: Phones 4u goes into administration, Phase Eight owner hires Rothschild for sale, UK footfall drops 2.8% in August.

The Ryman Retail Week Rising Star of the Year was awarded to Sam Allison of Boots, pictured with Theo Paphitis and awards host and comedian, Matt Richardson.

In pictures: Retail Week Rising Stars Awards Winners 2014

Winners of the Retail Week Rising Stars Awards, in association with Ryman, were revealed last night at a glitzy ceremony in London.

The BRC/ KPMG retail sales monitor found that food was the worst performing category, declining in August for the fourth month in a row, both in like-for-like and total sales.

Analysis: August retail sales sector break down

UK retail like-for-likes increased by 1.3% in August, according to BRC-KPMG data. Retail Week takes a look at the performance sector-by-sector.

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In the news: M&S marketing director Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne profiled

Marks & Spencer executive director of marketing and international Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne hopes to cook up a storm with a new food TV ad campaign, which is designed to be its most exciting in the 10 years since its famous ‘Not Just Any…’ series.

With anywhere between 25% and 60% of traffic coming through a mobile device, Superdrug, LK Bennett and B&Q, to name but a few, will be losing sales every day because they don’t have  mobile-optimised sites.

Comment: Sales knowledge is vital to ecommerce success

Retailers must leverage knowledge of their customers’ needs to optimise their ecommerce offers if they want to succeed in online retail.

Hema, Victoria Shopping Centre, London, U.K. Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Photographer: Jason Alden

Comment: Will Hema's Dutch courage pay off as it opens its first UK store?

The arrival of Dutch variety store Hema in the UK will not only brighten up the high street, its eclectic offer will also prove popular with shoppers.

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