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Fashion drives "strong" peak trading for Very.co.uk

15 January 2020 | Beth Wright

A standout performance in online retailer Very.co.uk's fashion and sports segment has helped drive a rise in retail sales across the festive trading season.... read more


Shop Direct secures GBP150m cash boost

15 November 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Shop Direct, the owner of the Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com sites, has received GBP150m (US$191.8m) additional funding which it will use to help the company return to a better financial footing following a spike in PPI claims.... read more


Shop Direct hindered by Littlewoods' continued decline

24 October 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Shop Direct should start offering similar options to its competitors such as third-party brands, financing and unique delivery saver schemes, says GlobalData in the wake of the retailer's "uninspiring" full year results.... read more


Project to improve working conditions for women in South India's fabric mills - Exclusive

30 September 2019 | Beth Wright

The first phase of a project by Shop Direct, Next Plc and Varner to improve employment conditions for young women in South India's fabric mills has engaged almost 9,500 people, with the partnership now gearing up for a second phase, due to launch later this year - with plans including the launch of an app for workers to provide feedback.... read more


Shop Direct names Guy Farmer group trading director

18 July 2019 | Michelle Russell

UK digital retailer and financial services provider Shop Direct has appointed Walgreens executive, Guy Farmer, as group trading director to oversee the company’s buying, sourcing and data intelligence teams.... read more


Shop Direct to rebrand as The Very Group

27 March 2019 | Beth Wright

Retailer Shop Direct is to be renamed The Very Group in a move designed to bring its name and identity in line with its flagship Very online brand.... read more


Shop Direct mulls job cuts

1 February 2019 | Beth Wright

Retailer Shop Direct is considering a number of redundancies after entering a period of consultation with Usdaw, its recognised trade union.... read more


Stellar fashion sales drive Shop Direct Christmas

14 January 2019 | Beth Wright

Retailer Shop Direct, operator of the Very and Littlewoods businesses, has seen revenue rise 3.7% year-on-year over the Christmas trading period, driven by clothing and footwear.... read more


Brands take action to end modern slavery in UK factories

13 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

John Lewis, M&S and Next Plc are among a raft of British fashion retail giants to have signed a joint agreement with enforcement bodies to try to combat the exploitation of workers by UK fashion and textile manufacturers.... read more


Very sales boost Shop Direct FY

19 September 2018 | Beth Wright

Shop Direct CEO Henry Birch has hailed the potential of the online fashion retailer as it announced full-year results he said show a good underlying performance in a competitive external market, thanks, in the main, to its Very brand.... read more


Shop Direct taps Jack Wills exec as fashion director

25 June 2018 | Beth Wright

Online fashion retailer Shop Direct has named former Jack Wills chief product officer, Emma Alexander as fashion director, heading up its branded and own brand clothing and footwear offerings.... read more


Shop Direct swings to loss despite sales growth

25 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Online fashion retailer Shop Direct has moved to a loss in the first nine months of the year after incurring GBP100m in costs related to Payment Protection Insurance claims.... read more


Shop Direct site closures puts 2,000 jobs at risk

12 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

Online fashion retailer Shop Direct is to close three warehouses in the UK, putting nearly 2,000 jobs at risk, as part of a relocation of its distribution operations.... read more


Shop Direct names new CEO

7 March 2018 | Beth Wright

Online fashion retailer Shop Direct has named Henry Birch as CEO, following the departure of Alex Baldock earlier this year.... read more


Shop Direct delivers robust sales, appoints interim CEO

16 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Online fashion retailer Shop Direct has delivered robust Christmas results, despite being up against strong comparatives, and has appointed an interim chief executive.... read more


Shop Direct CEO Alex Baldock to depart next year

6 October 2017 | Beth Wright

Alex Baldock, CEO of online fashion retailer Shop Direct is to step down from his role in the summer of next year to puruse a "new challenge".... read more


Mobile investments boost Shop Direct FY

3 October 2017 | Beth Wright

Online fashion retailer Shop Direct has recorded its fifth consecutive year of "record" sales and earnings growth as mobile sales and its Very brand continue to drive growth.... read more


Shop Direct scraps sale plans amid political uncertainty

21 July 2017 | Michelle Russell

The owners of online fashion retailer Shop Direct have scrapped plans to sell the business, blaming uncertainty following the recent UK election.... read more


Technology investments boost Shop Direct FY

6 September 2016 | Michelle Russell

Online fashion group Shop Direct has recorded its fourth consecutive year of sales and earnings growth thanks to continued investment in new disruptive technology and strong growth at its Very brand. ... read more