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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Here are some of the facts I talked about last Friday at our Business Gets Mobile event. Retail sales via smartphones and tablets have more than doubled to £8.2 bn in 2013, accounting for 18% of total UK e-commerce sales. …

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Alternative/emerging means of payment, such as online payments and money-off coupons, grew last year seemingly by 150%, although these remained a fraction of the total. But cash remains the dominant payment mechanism. Cash is still the most popular form of …

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I suggested a while ago that the number of visible carrier bags was an indicator of retail sales. Well, perhaps there are exceptions to this rule.  So here we are, possibly emerging from the recession, and shoppers are getting out …

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From FT.com today: According to the British Retail Consortium survey, retail sales rose by just 0.1 per cent year-on-year, suggesting that the pick-up in demand seen in January was a “discount-driven blip”, according to Stephen Robertson, director general. As I …

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The official figures have come as something of a surprise – UK retail sales rose unexpectedly last month, official figures have shown. Total sales volumes climbed 0.3% in November from the previous month, the Office for National Statistics said. Sales were …

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