Primark joins up with Asos after long ignoring online retailing boom

ABF’s budget fashion chain says it will sell selection of its clothes in ‘limited trial’ with Asos in U-turn of previous policy Just two months after ruling out a move online, the budget fashion chain Primark has announced a partnership to sell a selection of its clothes through Asos. Primark said it had begun a […]
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Is the timing right for an Australian republic? | Michelle Grattan

Malcolm Turnbull has suggested that the first step in a new attempt to get a republic should be an online plebiscite. But will the Australian public be swayed?Malcolm Turnbull, who for years after the 1999 referendum defeat was reluctant to talk about a republic, has now set out a detailed blueprint for achieving the goal, […]
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After Woolwich, don’t ban hate speech, counter it. Hate it, too | Timothy Garton Ash

Facing Islamist violence, the British home secretary, like her counterparts in Europe, wrongly reaches for censorshipIn response to the vile murder of a British soldier by two Islamist extremists armed with meat cleavers, the home secretary, Theresa May, has suggested a broadcasting ban on people who hold “disgusting views” and the pre-censorship of online hate […]
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Financial Times launches fast new online service

The Financial Times launched a new online service this morning – fastFT. Its aim, as the name suggests, is the speedy breaking of market news along with informed comment.As the FT’s editor, Lionel Barber, revealed in a Guardian interview in February, fastFT is composed of “short, sharp takes on market-breaking news or market developments”. It […]
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Local shops set to bear brunt of online shopping growth

Wales is set to suffer largest number of store closures, with 29% of high street shops at risk, followed by north-west, with 28% of stores predicted to shutThe growth of online shopping could lead to the closure of one in five high street stores by 2018, according to a report.A study from the Centre for […]
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Woolwich attack: caution urged over crackdown on extremist websites

Theresa May’s comments prompt internet experts to warn that rush to ban websites would be crude and counterproductiveExperts have urged caution in the face of pressure on internet companies to remove extremist websites and calls by MPs and others for a clampdown on the dissemination of online jihadist rhetoric.The home secretary, Theresa May, said on […]
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House of Fraser online sales jump by 53%

Retailer continues to struggle to make a profit despite online performance pushing total sales to £1.2bn last year, a 3.3% riseA dramatic increase in online sales has helped House of Fraser achieve a 3.3% rise in overall turnover to £1.2bn. However, the store chain continues to struggle to make a profit.A wider range of products […]
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Fiat’s YouTube hit shows adverts breaking down borders online

Arianna featuring Pitbull’s Sexy People is perfect example of ad-promo hybrids that wouldn’t be allowed on TVAs technology slowly removes the distinction between content watched on a television and content viewed on a computer screen or mobile device, it’s increasingly difficult to draw an absolute distinction between programming and advertising.Strictly enforced broadcasting regulations ensure that […]
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Marks & Spencer under fire over online tax arrangements

Exclusive: Retailer accused of scheme in which goods shipped to Europe from UK are invoiced to Irish subsidiary at lower rateMarks & Spencer has become the latest in a string of UK companies to face criticism from tax campaigners over the way it structures its online sales to Europe – with one describing its sales […]
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