Category: Financial

Game in Sunderland's High Street West - now closed (13 Mar 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Twenty-one North East stores close immediately as Game collapses


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Twenty-one Game and Gamestation shops in the North East are among the 277 stores that have closed immediately following Game Group’s collapse into administration this...

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Clas Ohlson, Reading (19 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Clas Ohlson pushes social media and confirms UK transactional website launch


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish hardware retailer, has revealed that it is pushing on with plans for a UK transactional website, with an expected launch in the spring....

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Soon-to-open Superdry, Durham (16 Nov 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 3

Superdry readies for 18 November opening in Durham


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Superdry – the SuperGroup-owned fashion chain of the moment – is gearing up to open its new store in Durham’s Silver Street at 9am this coming Friday...

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Tesco in Eger, Hungary (15 Jul 2006). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Has Britain fallen out of love with Tesco?


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Today’s release of fairly weak UK trading figures from Tesco – where like-for-like sales, excluding petrol and VAT, fell by 0.5% in the first half...

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Clas Ohlson catalogue. Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Newcastle’s Clas Ohlson on track for 24 August opening


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish hardware retailer, has confirmed that its new Newcastle store in Northumberland Street will open on Wednesday 24 August. Recently erected hoardings around the...

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Closing down sale at Alworths in Llandudno (4 Mar 2011). Photograph by Dave Roberts 6

Alworths’ future uncertain as bailiffs seize Llandudno store


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Following a weekend of speculation about the future of ‘son of Woolworths’ chain Alworths, events have taken a further turn today with the news that...

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Clas Ohlson, Leeds (21 Jan 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

As Clas Ohlson pledges “long-term commitment” to UK, I check out the Leeds store


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Things have been pretty quiet on the Clas Ohlson front since the Swedish hardware retailer announced the latest stage of its UK expansion, back in...

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John Lewis Oxford Street, London. Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Putting today’s John Lewis sales drop in perspective


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Given how long it’s been since the weekly trading figures for John Lewis department stores last recorded a year-on-year fall in sales, it’s little wonder that...

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Existing Kingston store. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Unpacking Clas Ohlson’s 203% UK sales increase


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The much-blogged-about Swedish hardware retailer Clas Ohlson published its sales figures for June yesterday. What’s interesting is that sales for the UK are now being stripped out from those of Finland,...

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