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Retail sales volumes in September slipped month-on-month as demand for fashion slumped in the warm weather.

September retail sales slip as demand for fashion slumps in warm weather

Retail sales volumes in September slipped 0.3% month on month as demand for fashion slumped in the unseasonably warm weather.

Rakuten launches UK site

Rakuten launches UK site paving the way for global marketplace

Japanese etail giant Rakuten has launched its UK site today, which will next year enable merchants to sell across its global marketplaces.

Clinique\'s pop-up store has a series of interactive pods

In pictures: Clinique's pop-up store uses interactive pods to show shoppers the future

Clinique is opening its first UK standalone store next week that uses interactive pods and a ‘digital experience’ to engage shoppers.

Falling food and energy prices contributed to the lowest rate of inflation for five years in September

Business rates to increase 2.3% next year as RPI inflation rate unveiled

Business rates are poised to increase by 2.3% in 2015/16 after the Office for National Statistics released its RPI inflation figures for September.

John Lewis hopes to appeal to commuters as well as holiday-makers using the Eurostar at St Pancras

In pictures: John Lewis 'click-and-commute' St Pancras store opens Video

John Lewis opened its first ‘click-and-commute’ store in St Pancras railway station today where shoppers can collect items bought on its website.

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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