Articles about Dixons

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Dixons stores knock £150 off RIM PlayBook

PC World and Currys have knocked 150 quid off the price of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook in a bid to encourage sales of the 7in tablet. Previously priced at £399, the 16GB PlayBook can now be had for £249. Likewise, the once £479 32GB model is now just £329. RIM BlackBerry PlayBook The cuts come just a few weeks after RIM knocked …
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2011
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Dixons' best chance? Quit the UK and move to Sweden

Dixons' best chance of surviving is to close its UK business and concentrate on its Scandinavian business. The cold-hearted claim comes from Morgan Stanley, which studied UK electrical retailing and found the whole sector is making losses. The analysts reckon there is more than 25 million feet 2 of selling space, but a serious …
John Oates, 14 Apr 2011
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Dixons reports huge losses of £224m

Dixons Retail this morning reported whopping losses of £224m for fiscal 2011, after absorbing one-off charges for shutting up shop in Spain and goodwill write-downs of its Greek and online operations. Total group sales for fiscal 2011 ended 30 April including businesses to be closed or already closed fell 2.2 per cent to £8.3bn …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2011
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Dixons warns of tough Christmas

Dixons Retail Group - better known as PC World - has warned of a tough and competitive Christmas season. Tech retailers, along with the rest of the High Street, are heavily reliant on the big boost given by Christmas to bring in the profits. Dixons said sales in the first half of the year had been flat, or up one per cent, at £ …
John Oates, 25 Nov 2010
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Dixons renames itself Dixons

DSGi shares are up slightly this morning after the retail group posted results for the year at the top end of expectations. In the year ended 31 May 2010 DSGi, owner of PC World and Currys, made sales of £8,531.6m, up four per cent on last year or two per cent like-for-like. Pre-tax profit was up 61 per cent to £90.5m. In the …
John Oates, 24 Jun 2010
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Dixons store to sell Samsung 10in tablet early

Want a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 a day before it launches? Then pop down to PC World on London's Tottenham Court Road on 3 August. The retail giant is selling the tablet a day early. Well, almost. The ten-inch tablet will go on sale at 5pm. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 PC World will be charging £399 for the Wi-Fi only model, on …
Tony Smith, 25 Jul 2011
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Dixons Retail boss pockets £1m in face of consumer meltdown

Dixons Retail chief exec John Browett trousered over £1m in rewards during the most recent financial year, despite the group posting steep losses as it struggled to cope with the consumer meltdown. Browett, who joined Dixons from Tesco in 2007, is masterminding a major cost-cutting drive to turn the losses into profits by …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2011
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Dixons to do app stores

IDF Dixons is launching an app store for netbooks, tablets and laptops early in November. The store is a rebranded version of Intel's AppUp offering, launched last year and going live today. Dixons' version will be branded PC World and Currys - one for each chain, presumably - with a shortcut to the web-based store pre-loaded on …
Tony Smith, 14 Sep 2010
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Samsung, Dixons herald huge tablet sales

Samsung has sold 600,000 Galaxy Tab Android tablets, the South Korean giant claimed yesterday. The 7in Tab has been on sale for three-and-a-half weeks, but the bulk of the sales seem to have taken place early on. Samsung Galaxy Tab Samsung's Tab: handed out in their thousands Tacit confirmation of that sales curve is given by …
Tony Smith, 25 Nov 2010

How much for a wrist job? A tenner normally, but for this one, over $30k

The wait is almost over for footballers, Arab oil magnates, the fanbois elite, Croydon-based lottery winners, or anyone else with a money to burn: a diamond-encrusted Apple Watch will hit the shops next year with an eye-popping price tag. The gaunche-wear, a ‘pimped up’ version of the Watch, comes plastered with eight rounds of …
Paul Kunert, 19 Dec 2014
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Dixons sales ain't all that

DSGi shares fell very slightly this morning after the company said trading had held steady in the three months ended 24 July. The retailer grew sales by three per cent thanks to strong sales of big tellies in the run up to the football World Cup and an exclusive deal on early iPad sales. It said market share grew in the UK and …
John Oates, 02 Sep 2010
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Vodafone to stock BlackBerry Passport – on sale tomorrow

The new, interesting and really rather good Blackberry Passport will soon be available to Brits on Vodafone. That is to say “will” rather than “is” as Vodafone isn’t taking pre-orders for the device, which will go on sale tomorrow, and there is currently no pricing information. Two attempts to order an upgrade – online and over …
Simon Rockman, 30 Sep 2014
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Dixons drops exclusive Toshiba Android tablet

Update Dixons stores this weekend began charging a bonkers £999 for Toshiba's £329 Folio 100 Android tablet, apparently in an attempt to dissuade punters from buying the product. The reason? According to a snap of Dixons' internal EPoS system, Eclipse: "Due to very high return rates, we are temporarily stopping sales of [the Toshiba …
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2010
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Dixons done for dumping customer info in skip

Dixons has had its wrist slapped for leaving customer details in a skip outside one of its PC World stores. To be fair to the world's favourite tech retailer there were only eight completed credit agreements found, but they did contain customers' personal and financial data. The store concerned was in Northamptonshire, and the …
John Oates, 25 Aug 2010
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Failed would-be COMET saviour now FAILS to save his own biz

A creditors' meeting has been called for Lewisons Wholesale, an electrical retailer run by Clive Coombes, the man that tried and failed to resurrect the brand name of fallen UK High Street giant Comet. As revealed by the Register last month, Lewisons Wholesale was struggling to remain afloat and had notched up eight County Court …
Paul Kunert, 15 Dec 2014
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Dixons Logik LE423ED11 42in passive 3D TV

Review Now that the big name TV makers have made 3D a mainstream commodity, traditionally cheaper own-brand vendors are moving in for a slice of the pie. But does it make sense to nab a cut-price stereoscopic TV? Not on the evidence of this 42-incher, released under the Logik marque and distributed exclusively through Dixons, Currys …
Steve May, 29 Dec 2011
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Report: EE in talks to scoop up 60 Phones 4u stores from troubled High Street retailer

EE is reportedly the latest company to pick over the carcass of stricken British High Street mobile phone retailer Phones 4u, which fell into administration late last week. According to the Sunday Times (£), EE has until tonight to secure a deal to buy 60 stores from Phones 4u. The move comes after rival mobile network Vodafone …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2014
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Dixons risks future of humanity with Star Wars-themed ads

Dixons has put the future of humanity at risk by beaming a series of ads featuring Star Wars refugees C-3PO and R2-D2 into deep space. The campaign touts its Currys and PCWorld chains. The electronics chain's latest ads will feature the droid pair - including original C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels - breaking into one of the chain' …
Joe Fay, 20 Oct 2010
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Time to bag a tablet bargain this Chrimbo – Brit stocks are high

British retailers will be looking to clear a tablet glut this Chrimbo, and falling sales prices and cooling consumer interest in slabs will mean they’ll need to shift more to stand still. According to Gartner, 83 million fewer slabs will be sold this year worldwide, with consumers sweating their assets for longer, renewed …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2014
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Kelway flogs ex-Equanet managed services minnow

Kelway has sold managed services minnow Remote IT Monitoring (RITM) to Little Fish Hosting. RITM had been part of the Equanet acquisition that Kelway made earlier this year but it already delivers hosting services via its Peterborough service centre and decided to sell the unit. Dan Laws, managing director at London-based …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2013
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Dixons aims high, medium and low with own-brand blizzard

Dixons is aiming low to high with four new own-brand lines for its PC World and Currys stores. Let's give them a twirl, starting at the bargain basement end and work our way through to the sleek, quite expensive, Scandinavian sounding brand. Currys PC World New Range Currys Essentials was created to make "straightforward …
Caleb Cox, 04 Aug 2010

Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

The axe fell on nearly 1,700 jobs at Phones 4u last night, a little over a week after the High Street retailer went into administration. It brings the total number of staff laid off with redundancy packages so far to 2,325 – nearly half of the company's workers. The staffers had been based at 700 outlets, including 550 stores, …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2014
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Windows 7 saves Dixons

Dixons Store Group International credited the launch of Windows 7 with reducing its losses for the first half of the year - ahead of the all-important Christmas sales beano. DSGi said sales in the six months ended 17 October 2009 were down one per cent to £3.3bn and like-for-like sales were down four per cent overall, but up one …
John Oates, 26 Nov 2009
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Dixons blames PC World for falling sales

Dixons Store Group saw sales fall six per cent in the last quarter, despite good progress in sexing up its stores. DSG international, owner of PC World and Currys, did worse on its home turf - UK computing sales fell 17 per cent, in sterling, in the sixteen weeks ended 22 August 2009. The firm said reformatting of stores and a …
John Oates, 02 Sep 2009
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Dixons Advent Vega

Review I had not had the Advent Vega out of the box for more than half an hour when I felt a very strong urge to fling the thing across the Reg Hardware office. Advent Vega Dixons' Advent Vega: rather long and thin I took receipt of the 10.1in tablet on the day Apple was due to announce the iPad 2. If the Vega is anything to go by, …
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2011
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Dixons plunges to loss

Dixons Store Group International posted a £30m loss for the last six months of trading. The firm, which operates as PC World and Currys, said interim results for the 24 weeks ended 18 October showed sales fell seven per cent to £3.5bn and it made a pre-tax loss of £29.8m. Total loss after tax was £41m. UK Computing sales fell …
John Oates, 27 Nov 2008
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TalkTalk broadband growth WANES as it reports surge in pay-TV customers

TalkTalk watched its broadband growth slip in the budget telco's final quarter, with 136,000 Brits signing up to the service compared with 193,000 new customers in the same three-month period in 2013. The company said in its Q4 results, ended 31 March, that its total broadband base now stood just shy of 4.2 million punters. …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2014
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Dixons celebrates shiny Christmas

DSGi - the group behind PC World and Currys - has updated the City on trading over the crucial Christmas period. For the 12 weeks ended 9 January group sales were up eight per cent with only UK computing sales showing a slight fall - down three per cent in like-for-like terms. The retailer said that Windows 7 provided a bit of a …
John Oates, 14 Jan 2010
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BT banks on ex-HSBC man to take charge of Openreach biz

BT's outgoing Openreach boss Liv Garfield is to be replaced by a money man poached from Britain's struggling banking sector. The telecoms giant said it had hired Joe Garner, 44, who was previously HSBC's UK boss where he helped steer the bank through the financial crisis, BT noted. Garner will join BT in mid-February when he is …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jan 2014
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Comet staff should be for life, not just for Christmas

Dixons Retail is throwing a lifeline to beleaguered Comet staff awaiting the arrival of their P45s by offering some of them seasonal work in its PC World and Currys stores over the peak Christmas season. Administrator Deloitte took control of Comet late on Friday after the ailing retailer ran into insurmountable liquidity woes. …
Paul Kunert, 07 Nov 2012
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Dixons cuts off Norse to right base

Dixons shares jumped nearly 12 per cent today on news that it has started cutting its Nordic stores and is considering a rights issue to speed the rest of the restructure. Dixons Store Group International confirmed that it is going ahead with plans to close stores in Sweden and Finland and rebrand its remaining outlets. But the …
John Oates, 06 Apr 2009
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Police mirth after plastic plod puts out call for 'PC World'

A plastic plod was left red faced after issuing a call to other forces to find a Police Constable World. The mistake was made when the Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) was skimming through evidence and found what she thought was the officer's name attached to a bundle of cash. In actuality, the money was seized at the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2012
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Don't PANIC, but these SMARTWATCH-stuffed boxes are going NOWHERE

Santa's sack may be bulging this Chrimbo but it'll be slabs rather than smartwatches weighing the old boy down. Analysts have given the wrist jewellery – described just a few months ago as "the most important new product category in consumer electronics since the iPad defined the market for tablets" – a thumbs-down. They claim …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2013
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Cawing retail vultures circle dying Comet, might rip some chunks off

Both bricks-and-mortar and web-based traders are looking to pick through the bones of sickened retail outfit Comet. The receivers Deloitte landed at Comet's doorstep on 2 November to take over operations and have set about cutting costs and finding buyers for the business, which is likely to be broken up. According to sources …
Paul Kunert, 14 Nov 2012
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Dixons ditches the High Street

Dixons Store Group (DSG) is pulling Dixons off British High Streets - the brand will continue, but only as a website. All Dixons stores will be rebranded as "Currys.digital" shops, starting in early May. The programme to rebrand and rebadge 190 stores will cost about £7m, but will deliver annual savings of £3m. The change will …
John Oates, 05 Apr 2006
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Comet confesses: The receivers are among us even now

Comet has finally confirmed that administrative receivers will be landing on its door step early next week. It is understood that Deloitte will review the options for the ailing retailer which include selling it as a going concern, scaling it back or liquidating it. A spinner at the chain told The Channel: "Comet Group Limited …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2012
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Equanet asks Propaganda firm to help it shed box-shifter tag

Mid-market reseller Equanet has charged brand consultancy Propaganda with helping to shake off its box-shifter image. The Dixons Retail-owned business recently underwent a change at the top, with Phil Birbeck becoming chief of the group's ailing web shop PIXMANIA and biz development head Felix Stauber replacing him. A "brand …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2012
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Dixons websites take a little lie down

DSGi is cut off from the digital world today, with its two main websites falling off the net. Dixons.co.uk is down at the time of writing, along with PCworld.co.uk. A spokesman for DSGi told us: "We had some routine maintenance last night which has caused problems - it looks like a few more hours work to get it fixed." Missing …
John Oates, 12 Jan 2009
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Dixons shares spanked after profit warning

Dixons Store Group International saw its shares fall more than 20 per cent this morning after the company admitted Christmas trading had been poor. DSG International told the London Stock Exchange today that trading was down one per cent on a like-for-like basis. Group chairman Sir John Collins said: "Like for like sales were …
John Oates, 03 Jan 2008
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Another miserable quarter for Dixons

Dixons Store Group International saw sales fall ten per cent in the 12 weeks ended 10 January because customers delayed buying TVs and computers until after Christmas, once the sales had begun. Like for like sales were down 10 per cent overall - southern Europe performed worse with falls of 14 per cent - UK computing sales were …
John Oates, 15 Jan 2009

Ousted Apple Store chief Browett is back selling shiny tat for ladies

The former head of Apple Retail has found a new job, selling handbags and scarves at the head of Monsoon's Accessorize chain. John Browett only lasted seven months at Cupertino, before Tim Cook edged him out in a reshuffle in September that also saw the end of Apple's software chief Scott Forstall. Browett is credited with …
Anna Leach, 15 Feb 2013
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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told lawyers he met during his sojourn in Hong Kong to put their cell phones in his fridge to thwart any eavesdroppers. But new research suggests he should have been worried about nearby TVs, too. Smart tellies with built-in microphones and storage can be turned into bugging devices by malware …
John Leyden, 10 May 2014
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Dixons seeks 1,000 new recruits

Dixons Group has hooked up with the Government's Jobcentre Plus outfit to help the high street electrical retailer fill more than 1,000 new positions each year. As part of the deal, Dixons Group - which includes Dixons, Currys, PC World and The Link - will consider applications from jobseekers via the Government agency. This …
Tim Richardson, 03 Sep 2004
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Dixons Store Group loses head

Dixons Store Group (DSG) is losing its long-serving chief executive John Clare. Clare will leave the firm after the annual general meeting on 5 September. He is retiring after 22 years with the retailer, which included 13 as its chief executive. When Clare took over as chief exec in 1994 the main brands were PC World and The …
John Oates, 31 May 2007
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UK retailers launch pre-Xmas sales Yank style

Britain's sad bid to ape American traditions - trick or treat, I ask you… - continues this month as retailers launch Black Friday sales even though we have no Thanksgiving Day holiday to precede it. Amazon has been flogging off watches, electric toothbrushes, power tools and assorted second-rate fare this week, but will Dixons …
Hard Reg, 22 Nov 2011
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Grim news at Dixons

Dixons Store Group International (DSGi) updated the markets today on a miserable six months of trading. Like-for-like sales fell 7 per cent for the 24 weeks ended 18 October 2008 and gross margins were down 0.7 per cent. The company said: "Consumer confidence has significantly deteriorated across Europe, particularly in more …
John Oates, 23 Oct 2008
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HP UK channel man Bourguet to be crowned consumer veep

HP UK's local channel PC and printer bigwig Pascal Bourguet is set to move into a senior position in the firm's EMEA retail biz. Bourguet rocked up at HP in 2001 as a retail manager and went onto look after major accounts including CarreFour and Dixons in Europe, as well as overseeing consumer PC sales in Blighty. He was made …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013

CEO of Brit fashion bods Burberry lands Apple job for retail, online sales

Apple has drafted in the CEO of high-end Brit faux tartan fashion label Burberry to head up its global retail and online sales biz – a newly created position. It will be a different type of collection that US national Angela Ahrendts handles when she starts at Apple next spring - as senior veep and a member of Apple's executive …
Paul Kunert, 15 Oct 2013

Bolton biz kingpin tables '7 figure' offer for Comet website

The future of Comet's stores hangs in the balance: but the business brain behind Appliances Online has tabled a million pound plus bid for the website part of the drain-circling retailer. As previously revealed, Dixons and Maplins are understood to have expressed interest in only a handful of Comet stores as administrator …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2012

John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

Microsoft has brought in premium retailer John Lewis to flog its Surface RT slablet just days after shooting down its pure direct sales strategy. Redmond confirmed on Wednesday that it was enlisting a network of retailers to push its device in Europe from next year, claiming it was ramping production to meet demand. This is …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2012