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UK's Topshop to open on Fifth Avenue, New York | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British retail billionaire Philip Green is to step up the expansion of his Topshop/Topman brands in the United States with the opening of a flagship store on Fifth Avenue, New York, his Arcadia retail group said on Wednesday.<p>British billionaire and CEO of the Arcadia Group Philip …

Christmas online sales predicted to hit £5bn

Deloitte forecasts total festive season sales figure of £40bn as improving economic conditions encourage looser purse strings<p>Online sales are forecast to hit £5bn this Christmas, an increase of almost 20% on last year, while total sales over the festive season will top £40bn, a rise of 3.5% on …

Bake Off sparks Christmas rise in kitchen gadget sales

Success of TV show helps to drive boom in sales of equipment and £140m of ingredients<p>Britain's baking frenzy is set to rise and rise this Christmas as sales of upmarket kitchen gadgets grow faster than those of tablet computers in some stores.<p>Dixons, which owns PC World and Currys, said sales of …

Brits 'to spend more on Christmas presents this year with average gift costing £28.70'

Tills across Britain will be chiming more this year with us spending an average of £28.70 pounds on each Christmas present they buy this year - up …

Flexible Batteries Will Bring Digital Clothing Sooner Than Later

Battery chemistry actually often relies on fairly squishy materials–something you’ll know if an AA cell has ever leaked on you or you’ve prodded a …

Clean Energy

The Future of Wearables, According to Sony, Is a Smart Wig (With Lasers!)

Sony’s smartwatch may be less than two months old, but a patent application suggests the company’s already thinking of branching out into other wearables–namely a smart wig that connects to smartphones and sends tactile feedback to wearers’ heads.<p>Coined the SmartWig, the device can include GPS and …

Wearable Tech

How Big Data Can Save In-Store Promotions

Retail brands spend more than $600 billion annually on in-store promotions, merchandising and marketing. But out-of-stock items, poorly executed displays and incorrect pricing mean they’re also losing billions in potential revenue.<p>Part of the problem is that brands are selling to decentralized …

Turning browsers into buyers: What works?

Look and feel<p>The design and look of a site affects whether or not a visitor clicks away or stays to look around. The decision whether or not to shop …

85% of online sales now attributed to mobile devices

There has been a notable increase in global online transaction volume, with a 51 per cent YOY Q3 2012 – 2013 increase within the UK and Europe. It is …

Should Your Business Open On Thanksgiving And Christmas?

Black Friday is right around the corner, and this year it’s Macy’s that is raising the stakes by breaking 155 years of tradition to open its doors Thanksgiving night. Should small businesses do the same?<p>Making the right call on how to connect with holiday shoppers is more important than ever. With …

More than 50% of Christmas spend will be online this year

This Christmas, 56 per cent of consumers will spend more than half of their budget online, meaning that £10bn will be up for grabs for online …

Why Holiday Sales May Be Surprisingly Strong This Year

One thing we can say about Americans, we love to shop. Okay, so the government shut down for a while, we dealt with it; worry us not about the ACA website disaster: if the sun is shining and those store windows are gleaming, we’re in. Maybe we’ll go cheaper, but we’re going to shop anyway. How else …

Apple’s IBeacon Comes To Macy’s: Is This The Future Of Shopping?

iBeacon is an innovation from Apple that lets stores communicate with shoppers who pass through their doors through the iOS 7 iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch operating system. Now, ShopBeacon from Shopkick is the first major retailer deployment of the iBeacon technology, and if you want to experience …

Encryption

EBay Marries Brick-And-Mortar With Connected Glass

The online shopping giant brings the Internet’s tricks to IRL retail.<p>Shoppers at the 180-store Westfield San Francisco Centre mall will notice something different this holiday season: Vacant storefronts covered in giant shopping touchscreens. Ebay and Westfield Labs built the three retail stations, …

eCommerce

Tesco agrees tie-up with The Original Factory Shop

Tesco installs The Original Factory Shop and a children’s soft play area into hypermarket.<p>The Original Factory Shop and a children’s soft play area have become the latest businesses to take space in one of Tesco’s largest stores as the supermarket group looks for ways to attract shoppers.<p>Tesco has …

Retail recovery remains fragile

Although figures released by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG show a modest 2.6 per cent increase in October, up from September’s 2.4 per …

Online retailers move into bricks and mortar stores

<b>With the inexorable rise of online shopping, there have been gloomy predictions about the future of the bricks and mortar, High Street store.</b><p>Yet it seems that reports of its imminent demise may have been exaggerated.<p>In a new twist, established e-commerce businesses are increasingly opening physical …

eCommerce

Halloween Is Big Business For Retailers

From what once was a simple tradition of children trick-or-treating for a pumpkin full of confectionary delights wearing their favorite ghoulish costumes, Halloween has exploded into a multi-billion-dollar, global, annual celebration for all ages, surpassing every holiday except Christmas. The …

8 Reasons Why Men Are Trading In-Person Shopping For Online Retail

You can hold Mad Men and David Beckham responsible if you want: according to Google Trends, searches for “pocket squares” have almost tripled over the past three years. The three-fold jump illustrates a growing trend of men who are thinking about, and enjoying, how they dress and look. There’s no …

Break Away From the Retail Calendar and Save Big on Your Wardrobe

In America, there are two important calendars: there's the regular, Gregorian calendar, with its twelve months and 365 days. And then there's the …

UK retailers suffer sharp slowdown in sales, says CBI

Retail sales ground to a halt at the start of October – coming in well below City forecasts<p>Retailers suffered a sharp slowdown in sales this month, according to an industry survey that has cast doubt on the pace of the wider UK economic recovery.<p>After a strong run of growth, sales ground to a halt …

Mobile purchases send Shop Direct sales up

Owner of Very.co.uk and Littlewoods reports first pre-tax profit in 10 years<p>Shop Direct, the owner of Littlewoods.com and Very.co.uk, says it has reached an “important milestone” in a drive to become a “world class digital retailer” after reporting its first pre-tax profit in ten years.<p>The …

Shoppers cautious in run up to Christmas

British shoppers are making a cautious return to the high street, encouraged by a recovery in the housing market, but retailers face a nervous run-up to Christmas, the latest surveys indicate.<p>UK retail sales grew 2.8pc year-on-year in September, according to monthly research from MasterCard, which …

New Study Reveals Why Consumers Really Shop Online (Surprise: It Isn't Low Prices)

For the most part, consumers who shop online versus brick-and-mortar stores do so because it’s where they expect to find the lowest prices, right?<p>Wrong.<p>Most shoppers do not cite “lower prices” as their primary motivation for shopping the web, according to a new survey of over 1,000 consumers by …

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Paris by Train - Paris by Train

This is an overview of how to travel <b>from</b>Charles de Gaulle-CDG Airport to Central Paris by city train ( RER B ). For instructions in the opposite …

Paris on a budget: the best cheap hotels and restaurants

Parismay boast some of the world’s most splendid luxury <b>hotels</b> but it also has some wonderful bargains. Pleasant budget hotels are scattered through all the best areas, and with a general overhaul of much of Paris’s hotel offering, many have been recently renovated or even created, so it’s no longer …