Business

High Street giant zooms in on Web mall

Says it will succeed, where others have failed

Fashion Group, Arcadia, opened the doors to its new cyber mall this morning in a move that brings together a number of e-tailers all under one roof. There has been no shortage of hype surrounding the launch of Zoom, described in some quarters as the "largest e-commerce hub" in the UK. Stocked with Arcadia's own stores, including Principles, Top Shop and Burtons Menswear, the cybermall also contains other well-known brands such as HMV, Expedia and Interflora. The venture is the first of its kind in the UK to be established by a retailer and could give a welcomed fillip to e-tailing in the UK. High street banks, Natwest and Barlcays, have both tried similar schemes but these have both failed to deliver the goods, as it were. ®

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