Retail

RTT: Indie retailers can survive recession

Market analysts have today insisted that the global recession will not lead to the end of the current High Street model as we know it, and that the future of UK shopping has a place for both nationals and independents. In its latest white paper, the KPMG/Synovate Retail Think Tank …

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Woolworths resurrected as online retailer

Woolworths is to make a Lazarus-like return as an online brand after it was bought by Shop Direct. Shop Direct is the UK’s biggest internet and home shopping retailer, and also owns brands such as the Littlewoods catalogue and plans to launch Woolworths online in the summer following a deal …

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GAME plans 20 new store openings in 09

GAME Group may be centralising its key management and cutting back on overhead, but the good news for the market is that it remains committed to opening more stores this year. Around 20 sites have been earmarked for launch either as GAME or Gamestation. Some stores may close this year, …

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15 more Zavvi stores axed

The joint Administrators of Zavvi UK have today announced the immediate closure of a further 15 stores. The closures will lead to the redundancy of 295 employees, bringing the total number of jobs lost since the firm went into administration to 889. Administrator Ernst & Young closed 18 stores on …

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Asda to create 7,000 new jobs

Asda has announced it will create 7,000 new jobs in the UK over the course of 2009, through a combination of opening new stores and extending existing ones. The supermarket has become the latest in a line of retailers creating new positions despite the ongoing economic recession, with Tesco planning …

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AUSTRALIA: Konami solidifies distribution ties

Konami has told MCV of the turbulence in the Australian games distribution sector and challenging economic times” following the recent news that distributor Red Ant has been placed into administration . The publisher, one of many to enjoy partnerships with Red Ant, has reaffirmed its ties with Atari’s distribution arm. …

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Amazon appoints Games Director

Online retail giant Amazon.co.uk has hired internet veteran Chris Poad as director of software and video games Poad was previously employed as head of e-commerce at the UK subsidiary of German company OTTO, where he was responsible for the online retail strategy for home shopping businesses such as Grattan and …

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HMV deadly serious about games

Games made up 21 per cent of the record revenues taken by HMV in its ‘best ever Christmas’, MCV can reveal. As revealed by Mcvuk.com last week (14/01/09), the retailer defied the odds on the High Street to pull off its biggest ever Christmas – enjoying a three per cent …

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Best Buy UK team revealed

The planned UK invasion by Best Buy continues this week, as the firm finalises its games team. Former GAME exec Marc Spence has joined the US electronics retailer as head of domain for entertainment, where he will cover all games systems and console software. Spence joins from Home Retail Group, …

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Manchester studio closed by Eidos

Eidos has confirmed to Develop that it has close its Rockpool Games studio in Manchester. Around 14 Rockpool staff have been made redundant as part of the move. The publisher bought the studio in February 2007 to boost its presence in the casual games sector. Developmag.com has the full story …

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