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Retailers take stock of Christmas

Tight stock control helped Debenhams boost pre-tax profit in the 18 weeks to 3rd January despite a drop in like-for-like sales of 3.5 per cent. Gross transaction value was 0.6 per cent above the comparative period last year.

Furniture retailer settles in Seaham

Furniture retailer CSL has taken a warehouse on Grantside’s 19-acre Foxcover Distribution Park in Seaham. It has taken the 37,000 sq ft unit on a ten-year lease at a rent of £4.75 per sq ft. The company will be using the new warehouse as a storage and dis

Time to take stock of the supply chain

At a time when businesses across the world are facing tough economic times, retailers have the option to take stock and review their strategies and identify the appropriate back office improvements to deliver an agile and flexible supply chain without hig

Coping with the crunch

The posters in the high street say it all: “half-price sale”, “up to 70 per cent off”, “extra discount today”. As the “credit crunch” continues to bite, discretionary spending plummets and sales at discounters soar. How is the current downturn hitting ret

Instant Gratification

As online retail sales gain significance hitherto unheard of, reaching 5.2 per cent of all retail sales in 2007, e-fulfilment is no longer an issue that can be ignored. For many high street brands online sales are now critical to overall profitability. Ju

The multi-channel challenge

People want the product, as a low price, but they really don’t want the hassle. But what does it take to provide convenience and control in a multi-channel environment?

Encouraging long tail IT

Despite whatever the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics – robustly “disputed” by the British Retail Consortium – would have us believe, sales in the high street are rather less than buoyant. The ONS’s 3.8 per cent year-on-year increase

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