PARIS/BERLIN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Two of Europe’s biggest
retailers posted quarterly sales on Thursday that showed
turnaround efforts in their home markets were starting to bear
fruit and signs the economic climate was slowly improving.
Carrefour said sales at its French hypermarkets
returned to growth in the third quarter while China also
improved, as Chief Executive Georges Plassat made progress in
his bid to revive the world’s second-largest retailer.
PARIS, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Traditional stores can take on
e-commerce and keep their major role by reinventing themselves
faster to best combine shopping in stores and online, top
retailers said on Tuesday.
Despite the challenge from players like Amazon, 68
percent of retailers say stores remain the most important
channel for shoppers and one in three plan to expand their
footprint, according to a survey by the Australian Centre of
Retail Studies released at a conference in the French capital.
BERLIN, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Online retailers are trying to
cajole consumers into revealing their vital statistics with new
sizing technology tailored to turn back a tide of returned
garments that is hurting profits.
Up to half of the clothes bought online are sent back, many
due to poor fit, squeezing retailers’ margins and creating
logistical problems in recovering and re-selling rejected stock.