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N Brown to launch Simply Be stores

The catalogue and online-shopping group N Brown yesterday announced plans to develop its Simply Be womenswear brand as a high-street business.

David Prosser: It's time for HMV's boss to prove he really has the X-factor

Outlook A few weeks ago, Simon Fox, the chief executive of HMV, used a speech to a conference hosted by Retail Week magazine as an opportunity to rebut the arguments of those who believe his company is not long for this world. "In five years' time, we will still have hundreds of stores on the high street," he said.

eBay pays £1.2bn for GSI Commerce

The auction website eBay is to buy the e-commerce company GSI Commerce for $1.96bn (£1.22bn) in cash in an attempt to win more business from large store chains.

Morrisons vows move on online shopping

Supermarket Morrisons today vowed to launch an online shopping operation within two years in a move to catch up with its web-savvy rivals.

Deal gives Amazon full control of Lovefilm

Online retail giant Amazon unveiled a deal giving it full control of film and games subscription business Lovefilm today.

Amazon to create 950 jobs

Online retailer Amazon is to create almost 1,000 jobs at a new flagship distribution site in Scotland.

Last-minute rush boosts Christmas sales

Retailers are enjoying another hectic day as consumers hampered by bad weather grab their last chance to buy for Christmas.

'Manic Monday' online shoppers set to spend millions

Online shoppers are set to spend a total of £537 million today in what is predicted to be the busiest internet shopping day of the year.

Shop Direct cuts losses to £21m

Shop Direct, the owner of Woolworths.co.uk and Littlewoods, said it hoped to return to profit this financial year after slashing its annual losses with a a major overhaul of the businesses. The home shopping giant has been closing call centres under plans to transform itself from a catalogue firm into an online retailer. It posted a pre-tax loss of £21m for the year to 30 April against £114m the year before. But Shop Direct failed to increase year-on-year sales despite a celebrity-led launch of its fashion site Very.co.uk and adding Woolworths as an online brand after buying it out of administration.

Amazon says price cuts bolstering Kindle eBook sales

Online retailer Amazon.com Inc has said that the recent price cut to its Kindle electronic reader has spurred sales of both the device and e-books.

Amazon landmark for digital books

Sales of digital books for e-readers have surpassed hardbacks for the first time on Amazon, marking what the online retailer called a "tipping point" for book publishing.

Amazon launches grocery deliveries



Amazon launched a challenge to supermarkets with a home delivery grocery service today.

World Cup provides boost to growth in online shopping

Online shopping has reached its highest growth in two years, boosted by the World Cup, new figures show.

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