All articles by Retail Week reporters

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    Carphone to dump BB?


    Carphone Warehouse is reported to be reassessing its association with reality TV show Big Brother after alleged racism on the programme. Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has received almost 14,500 complaints about participants' behaviour

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    Top supplier plans launch of nationwide womenswear chain


    Fashion entrepreneur Gifi Fields, a supplier to some of the UKs biggest store groups, is to launch his own retail b...

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    Osborne to front Asda ads


    TV star Sharon Osborne is fronting an Asda TV campaign designed to extend the retailer's appeal to mums. The approach represents 'a new focus for Asda' and will be followed by the launch of a 'wide range of initiatives designed to make life easier for mums'.

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    Food retailers may face a BSE-style boycott of poultry


    Food retailers may face a BSE-style boycott of poultry as shoppers react to the threat of avian flu reaching the UK...

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    Wal-Mart to enter Hungary


    Wal-Mart is poised to enter the Hungarian market by acquiring Delhaize's Hungarian business. According to reports, the US retail giant will snap up the Cora, Plus and Match brands via a Dutch subsidiary and stores will change logos and product range by June.

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    Video Island hit by warehouse inferno


    Online DVD rental firm Video Island has suffered from a fire at its warehouse in Acton, west London, which has led to disruption to its service.

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    Kookaï gets another lease of life


    Administrators have found a buyer for the Kookai chain in the UK, securing its future on the high street.

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    MP in a flap over M&S Oakham chickens


    An MP is demanding that Marks & Spencer changes the brand name it uses for chickens sold at its stores across the country.

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    Retailers resist lure of early Sales


    Retailers are steadfastly resisting caving in to pre- Christmas Sale fever....

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    Boots' Olsen range gets Xmas roll-out


    Boots is to roll out the cosmetics range from Hollywood starlets Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to 200 stores this Christmas following a successful trial last year.

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    Space.NK to cash in on the scent of Christmas


    Space.NK, the high-end beauty and bath products retailer, is launching an own-label perfume and fragrance offer to capture the Christmas market.

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    Hamleys turns on lights


    Legendary toy store Hamleys flicked the switch on its stunning festive shopfront on Sunday, as Regent Street was lit up for the festive shopping period. Retailers are hoping to reverse a six-year trend towards last-minute seasonal shopping. Many launched Christmas promotional campaigns early and marketing impact is expected to be ...

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    Orphans join Pets at Home


    How much is that doggy in the window? It is free - at Pets at Home anyway.

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    Harvey Nics picks sins for autumn ads


    Harvey Nichols will continue to use the seven deadly sins as the inspiration for its autumn/winter fashion campaign. The retailer is extending its high-end lifestyle and fashion offer continually, and the Sins campaign promotes each department in elaborate style.

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    Housing market slowdown leads to DIY slump


    The slowdown in the housing market has led to a decline in trade for DIY and gardening retailers. A Verdict report shows that following a decade of good performance, DIY players are experiencing a slump, with a forecast decline of 1.6 per cent in DIY and gardening spend. ARG-owned Homebase ...

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    Floors-2-Go warned that like-for-like sales fell


    Floors 2 Go warned that like-for-like sales fell in the first three months of the year by 2.55 per cent. In a statement the company said demand had fallen, but added that for the same period 'overall sales are up 14.7 per cent and gross margins of 50 per cent ...

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    Abercrombie hires VP


    US fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has appointed Michael Kramer as senior vice-president and chief financial officer. The 41-year-old, who was chief financial officer at Apple Retail, has also worked for computer firm Gateway and Pizza Hut.

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    Ahold confidence up but sales down


    Dutch grocer's sales dipped 0.9 per cent in the second quarter

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    JS signs M&S boss to boost brand appeal


    Sainsbury's has poached an executive rival at Marks & Spencer to take up a key role bolstering the grocer's brand.

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    Allders boost for Bhs


    Allders' demise has proved an opportunity for Philip Green's Bhs chain. The entrepreneur will establish a spin-off Bhs home furnishing arm with the 10 stores he acquired in the auction of the collapsed department store's estate.