General merchandise

The latest news, analysis, data and video on general merchandise retailing including Argos, Poundland and Wilko.

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Analysis: Is a Halloween Brexit retail’s worst nightmare?


As the two remaining candidates for the Conservative Party leadership both pledge to leave the EU on October 31 come what may, retailers are growing increasingly anxious about the Halloween deadline.

The rise of direct to consumer


Across the spectrum, from fashion to beauty to consumer electronics, brands are opting to reach consumers directly rather than rely on a third-party retailer.

It’s a seismic shift affecting the industry, but how can retailers avoid being cut out of the equation? Read our in-depth analysis on how to survive this growing phenomenon.

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General merchandise video and galleries

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  • Watch: Pets at Home opens doors to 'store of the future'

  • Data: high street will not survive in current form, say consumers

  • Watch: Pets at Home boss on using Amazon's dominance for your gain

  • First look: Inside Sainsbury's Selly Oak 'experiment'

  • Watch: Argos focuses on fulfilment in Christmas advert

  • The digital dichotomy in general merchandise

  • General merchandise ranking 2018

  • First Look: New Mothercare rival ÏD Kids launches in UK

  • Watch: Smiggle pledges ‘unwavering commitment’ to shops