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Thomas Whittaker


  • Argos celebrates 35th birthday with biggest catalogue to dateSubscription

    25 July, 2008Updated: 30 March, 2009

    Argos will launch its new catalogue tomorrow, which will carry 700 more products than a year ago.

  • Retail faces meltdown within 10 yearsSubscription

    25 July, 2008Updated: 30 March, 2009

    Rising costs and depressed demand could lead to a retail meltdown within 10 years, warns research consultancy Verdict.

  • Store of the week Folli Follie, LondonSubscription

    24 July, 2008Updated: 30 March, 2009

    Most retailers choosing to open a Regent Street store will relate to how hard it is to establish a distinctive character for a shop while observing landlord Crown Estate’s listed-building parameters. However, accessory and jewellery retailer Folli Follie has achieved this with its 800sq ft shop that opened on the street in May.

  • Delhaize warns on profits as hard discounters steal shareSubscription

    24 July, 2008Updated: 30 March, 2009

    International grocery chain Delhaize has warned profits will fall short of expectations as the consumer downturn bites.

  • PPR like-for-likes climbSubscription

    24 July, 2008Updated: 30 March, 2009

    French luxury group PPR, which owns retailers including Fnac and Gucci, reported sales up 5.1 per cent sales to €4.68 billion in its second quarter.

  • M&S hails bag charging scheme a successSubscription

    23 July, 2008Updated: 30 March, 2009

    Marks & Spencer’s controversial 5p food carrier bag charge has resulted in an 80 per cent drop in the number of bags used since the scheme’s introduction in May.

  • Discount grocers pull in record shareSubscription

    22 July, 2008Updated: 30 March, 2009

    Discount retailers account for 5.9 per cent of grocery spend in the UK – their highest figure reported to date – and are the fastest-growing sector of the market.

  • Matthew Williamson to make US debutSubscription

    22 July, 2008Updated: 30 March, 2009

    Fashion retailer Matthew Williamson will open a flagship store in New York early next year.

  • Retailers hit the critical listSubscription

    22 July, 2008Updated: 30 March, 2009

    The retail sector is under increasing pressure from the credit crunch, with a 335 per cent increase in companies in severe difficulty compared with last year.

  • Central London outperforms rest of UKSubscription

    21 July, 2008Updated: 30 March, 2009

    Retail sales in central London have continued to outpace the UK as a whole.