The Next giveaway sale (but you have to ask questions)

Next announce better than expected results. Based on my experience, I wonder how, but they do make me smile. I was given a jumper, from Next, as a Christmas present. Yesterday I went into Next in Reading to change it …

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Is Black Friday Good for UK Retailers?

We seem all too happy to follow US fads; Halloween and “have a nice day” continue to grate on me. One of our latest adoptions is Black Friday. I set out to look at the impact on retail profits and …

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Annoying Verbal Platitudes

The umpteenth person this year just said, “Enjoy,” as they delivered my order to me. Is that a request or an instruction? Whatever it was, was she thinking about what she was saying? I doubt it. I suspect it was …

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Poundworld claims take a pounding

What an interesting concept, the manager’s special being 3 to 9 times the price of the rest of the stock in store. When is a pound shop not a pound shop? When it sells items for £8.99, according to the …

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