From around the web and the nationals:
JOHN LEWIS has reported total sales for the week to Saturday November 19 were down 3.2% on the same week last year but ahead by 11.6% week-on-week. The department store saw “strong” sales growth online and the use of its click and collect service was up 70% on last year for the week.
OD’S, an upmarket independent store in St. Helens, has signed a two-year shirt sponsorship deal with St. Helen’s Rugby League Football Club, ahead of a website relaunch.
PROTEST boardwear has launched a portal for its wholesalers and retailers so that they can order product online 24 hours a day. The portal works from a Protest “real-time” stock database, and will launch on iPad in the next fortnight.
An ICM POLL of almost 4,000, commissioned by Telegraph Media Group, found that 70% of 25 to 44 year olds will visit their parents this Christmas and 24% of this group will be expecting them to contribute more than usual to the festivities, putting extra squeeze on parents. A quarter of 25 to 44 year olds will receive gifts from their parents or in-laws that they would have liked to have bought for themselves earlier in the year but could not afford to do so. Of this group, 58% said this is more the case this year than in previous years, with the average value of these presents costing around £120. Almost three quarters (72%) said gifts would be practical.
PRETAPORTOBELLO, the online fashion market, is set to relaunch its website with functions that let shoppers haggle for items across the whole site. Previously, customers could only barter for samples and one-off items. The new site will also feature ‘Bargain Bins’ to help customers find cut price items and a guide to London markets.
RETAIL is one of the sectors earmarked for a £1bn plan to provide subsidised work and training placements offering job prospects to thousands of young people, reports the BBC. The youth contract scheme will give employers subsidies worth £2,275 to take on 160,000 18-to 24-year olds, for six months, over three years. The programme begins next April. Up to 400,000 work and training placements will be created across the UK by giving employers wage incentives equivalent to half of the youth national minimum wage.
BLACKS LEISURE, the outdoor goods retailer, follows Arcadia in warning of tough conditions. According to the BBC the business expects the crucial Christmas period to deliver results below previous expectations.
BURBERRY has enlisted UK pop band The Feeling to record a song for its latest Burberry Body campaign. ‘The Feeling - Rose Unplugged at Abbey Road for Burberry Body’ will be a multi-platform collaboration partnering with Shazam,Youtube and Facebook to “ensure that the ad and track resonates with audiences globally”, according to a press release. “Music is a hugely important facet of the Burberry world,” Christopher Bailey said in the statement.
TESCO is increasing the number of brands available on its Clothingattesco.com website, as part of its strategy to become an ecommerce fashion destination, according to reports. The retailer’s planning to add a sports and outdoor category in the run up to the Olympics, adding non-Tesco labels including Shock Absorber, Regatta, Speedo, Head and Mitre.