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John Lewis ended its summer Sale with 18.8% growth year on year last week, driven by a stellar performance in its home department.

Infographic: John Lewis clearance helps weekly sales surge 18.8%

John Lewis ended its summer Sale with 18.8% growth year on year last week, driven by a stellar performance in its home department.

Sales grew across all retail sectors in June

Retail sales grow in every sector in June, reports ONS

Retail sales volumes in June grew 3.6%, compared to last year and by 0.1% on the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Breakfast briefing: Retail news on Lidl, Made.com, Tesco and more

Retail news round-up on July 23, 2014: Lidl paid ‘over £25m’ in tax, Made.com launches social network platform, Shareholders question Philip Clarke’s pay-off, and more.

Cath Kidston has sold a stake in the business to private equity firm Baring Asia as it makes expanding in the continent its key strategic priority.

Cath Kidston gets investment from Baring Asia as it eyes Chinese expansion

Cath Kidston has sold a stake in the business to private equity firm Baring Asia as it plans over 100 stores in China within three years.

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Breakfast briefing: Retail news on Mothercare, Tesco, Argos and more

Retail news round-up on July 21, 2014: Mothercare finance chief poised to join Debenhams, Tesco to build 4,000 UK homes, Argos to trial same day delivery and more

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.

The most obvious threat is to DIY and home retailers, who are most exposed to the health of the housing market.

Comment: An interest rates rise will affect all retailers

The food sector is battling the harshest trading environment in its history while non-food begins to leverage a long-awaited return of consumer confidence.

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