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'Mega Monday' signals busiest day for internet shopping

Shoppers expected to reach spending rate of £16,000 per second in online binge as they search the web for gifts they couldn’t find at the weekend. 
8 December 2008

Up to 50% off in Woolworths sale

Woolworths has today cut up to 50% of certain lines as its administrators attempt to sell off stock in the run up to Christmas. 
5 December 2008

Woolworths makes first redundancies

Deloitte, the administrators called in last month to handle the sale of the retail giant, announced that 450 jobs had been cut from support operations in London and Rochdale. 
5 December 2008

Home Retail launches discount sofa site

The Home Retail group is responding to the credit crunch by offering customers the chance to snap up bargain price sofas. 
5 December 2008

Morrisons like-for-like sales up 8.1%

Morrisons like-for-like sales have grown by 8.1% without fuel meaning the supermarket chain outstripped Tesco in the third quarter. 
4 December 2008

An animated range - Disney to push home lines in 2009

Disney is looking to expand its market share of home products by branding some of its biggest names on to a series of new ranges in 2009. 
4 December 2008

Woolworths administration: What does Deloitte plan?

Woolworths the former high street champion and current media punch bag went into administration last week. 
4 December 2008

Ethical homeware chain The Pier in administration

The Pier has joined a sad and increasingly long list of firms who've been forced to call in the administrators due to financial difficulties. 
4 December 2008

High street names launch second round of pre-Christmas sales

Marks and Spencer will hold a second one-day sale in as many months as it looks to drive up pre-Christmas sales, as Debenhams plans three-day price cut. 
3 December 2008

Shoppers to spend online this Christmas

New figures reveal convenience is key rather than price in encouraging consumers to splash their cash on the web. 
3 December 2008

Tesco Q3 results released

Tesco announced profits in the UK were up but non-food sales including homeware showed a 'small decline'. 
2 December 2008

BDC administrators say write off debts

Administrators for electrical distributor Bridisco Group have written to retailers telling them to pay 'in full' for new goods regardless of anything they might be owed. 
2 December 2008

VAT reduction and Christmas sales boost struggling John Lewis

John Lewis recorded a 10% week-on-week rise in sales in the last seven days, helping the firm shrug off overall profits being down 13%. 
1 December 2008

Scottish firm snapped up by Nespoli

Lightning Paint Rollers has been bought up by the giant Nespoli Group, who are expanding their UK interests. 
28 November 2008

Almost 500 jobs go at Merseyside firm as profits rise

A Liverpool-based tool and equipment hire firm has cut almost 500 jobs after reporting lower than hoped for results for October. 
28 November 2008

Sidmouth Garden Centre in battle over planning dispute

Council issues enforcement notice to close new farm shop despite stating that it ‘would not require planning approval’. 
28 November 2008

Woolworths in adminstration

Talks to save beleaguered retailer Woolworths broke down last night forcing the firm into administration. 
27 November 2008

Kingfisher results: Trade Depot to close but Screwfix profits up

Kingfisher UK's profits slumped as the effects of a miserably wet summer and the economic downturn hit. 
27 November 2008

Home Retail acquires exclusive use of electrical trademarks

Leading UK home and general retailer purchases intellectual property rights to Alba and Bush trademarks for £15.25m. 
27 November 2008

Swedish retailer hits UK high street

Clas Ohlson today opens its first UK store in a bid to bring a new type of ‘modern hardware’ to British consumers. 
27 November 2008
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