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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

VULTURE AT THE WHEEL The VW Passat 2/0 is a car you buy with your head. All cars are a combination of a head and heart purchase. Some, like an Atom or Elise swing wildly towards the heart. Some like the Skoda Citigo are bought on numbers and practicality. All manufacturers try to inject some aspect of both into their cars. Even if it’s just …
Simon Rockman, 07 May 2015
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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

Vulture at the Wheel Car buffs of a certain age will remember how the great motoring writer L. J. K Setright loved the Scirocco Mk I Storm. To those who loved engineering prowess, the Scirocco was something special. Even if the brakes were a bit shoddy. But the Scirocco Diesel here is a very different beast; this is a car for my friend Michael. …
Simon Rockman, 07 Dec 2014
VW's e-Up is a small car

Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

After the driving the Citroen C-Zero, the Volkswagen e-Up! is a fantastically different experience. It shouldn’t be quite so much better, as the VW is cheaper (£19,704 as opposed to £21,216 – both prices including rebates) yet while the Citroen is clearly engineered to a price – albeit a typically electric twice the internal …
Simon Rockman, 25 Jun 2014

Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour

Sir Charles Dunstone once told your humble correspondent that he would never have more than 50 shops. Today his Carphone Warehouse empire has more 2,000 shops across Europe, and is rumoured to be about to add another 500 – through a merger with PC World and Currys owner Dixons. Discussions have been going on since February, …
Simon Rockman, 08 May 2014
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Volkswagen Beetle car review

Retro car designs fall into one of two categories. The Good like the Fiat 500 and the Bad like the 1998 VW Beetle and BMW’s huge Mini. The 1998 Beetle was a particularly bad example with underpinnings that represented a nadir of VW engineering and a body that betrayed its lazy California-penned origins. It was an insult to …
Alun Taylor, 09 Nov 2012
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Dixons knocks £200 off laptops before Xmas...

Dixons chains Currys and PC World will knock £200 off the price of a new notebook, provided you buy it this month. And when you hand over your cash, the two DSG brands will also give you a £50 voucher to spend on software and accessories, Dixons said today. You'll also get £15 toward apps sold through its KnowHow App Centre, …
Hard Reg, 03 Nov 2011
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VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

Review Style, practicality, economy and sporting performance - not necessarily aspects of the car makers’ art you would expect to find all combined in a single model. But that’s what you'll get with the arrival of a new generation of rather desirable but also extremely frugal diesel coupés from the likes of Renault and Volkswagen. …
Alun Taylor, 24 Aug 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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How I went from punting PCs to betting a quarter billion on Betfair

Interview Former channel man Peter Webb has become one of Betfair's leading customers and bets a quarter of a billion pounds annually on horseracing alone. He also sloshes a good amount on the X Factor market. The ex Compaq and Medion man finally left the UK's computer distribution channel in 2003 to make a full time go of trading on the …
Robert Blincoe, 06 Dec 2010
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Radio amnesty fails to lift DAB

The radio audience ratings service RAJAR has published the first full quarter of figures since the launch of a DAB trade-in scheme called 'Radio Amnesty', fronted by ubiquitous luvvie Stephen Fry. The aim was to induce households to exchange their FM radios for a DAB radio. The result? DAB's share of digital listening has fallen …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2010
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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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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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Brits turn to web for World Cup action

This year's World Cup could be the first footie tournament followed closely on the internet. According to UK retailer DSG, which runs the PC World chain, a third of football fans will watch the contest's matches on the web. The claim is based on the results of a survey of 3000-odd visitors to its outlets, so we'll leave it to …
Tony Smith, 11 Jun 2010
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Currys pitches World Cup cash back pact

Currys has become the latest supplier to tie in a money back offer on the success of the England football team on this summer's World Cup contest. But unlike other such deals, which will refund purchase prices if England bring home the victor's trophy, Currys will simply give customers a tenner for every goal Rooney and co. …
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2010
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Currys claims 3D TV 'first'

DSG chain Currys was today keen to tell World+Dog that it not only has "the first 3D TV in the UK" at on of its biggest shops, but that it's the "only" chain taking orders. Taking orders, yes, but handing out product, no. And Currys didn't say when ordered tellies, transmitters and glasses will ship. Not that we anticipate …
Tony Smith, 12 Mar 2010
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UK etailer calls self 'the last place you want to go'

Dixons, the UK electronics etailer, has a new tagline. "Dixons," its homepage reads, "the last place you want to go." See for yourself: Dixons - the last place you want to go to Countless Reg readers are questioning whether the site has been hacked - or defaced by a disgruntled employee. But the company insists the change …
Cade Metz, 22 Dec 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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DSGi pays off HMRC in transfer pricing dispute

Dixons Store Group International, Europe’s second biggest electronics retailer, has paid HMRC £52.7m to settle a lengthy dispute with Britains tax collector over transfer pricing. The settlement was lower than many had expected. According to one source cited by the UK trade paper Accountancy Age, "HMRC was seeking as much as …
Drew Cullen, 04 Jun 2009
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DSGi sells Hungarian biz for €1

DSG international, the UK’s biggest consumer electronics retailer, today confirmed it is selling Electro World Hungary for one euro. The soon-to-be owner is called EW Electro Retail (EWH) – could it be a management buyout? – will gain all nine stores, operations and employees. Quote time from John Browett, DSGi chief exec: "We …
Team Register, 19 May 2009
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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 …
John Oates, 06 Apr 2009
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Spare Backup pumps up the volume

While HP Upline has been stumped, Spare Backup is racking up some runs; subscription revenue for its online backup-to-the-cloud service is going to exceed a million bucks in its first 2009 quarter. Spare Backup's CEO Cery Perle said: "Revenue from subscriptions in the first quarter 2009, which is typically one of our slower …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2009
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DSGi crosses fingers on new store format

Struggling retailer DSG International (DSGi) is hoping the overhaul of its computer and electrical barns will help turn its fortunes around after it was hit with an unfavourable tax ruling by HMRC. The company said today that its new store formats for Currys and PC World in the UK pulled in gross profits between 15 per cent …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Mar 2009
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DSGi announces new chairman in eye of retail storm

Fraught UK electrical retailer DSG International (DSGi) has appointed John Allan as the company’s new chairman. He will succeed John Collins who announced he was hanging up his DSGi boots last June. Allan will be handed the keys to the chairman’s door when Collins retires on 2 September. Allan is the former boss of logistics …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jan 2009
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Intel shocks with profit warning

A month ago Intel CEO Paul Otellini didn't know "what impact the financial crisis will have on end customer demand". He does now and it's not good. Intel has cut fourth quarter revenue guidance by ten per cent, citing weakening global demand and PC supply chain inventory reduction. Instead of earning $10.1bn - $10.9bn in its …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2008

Dixons stores offer own-brand HSDPA mini-laptop

DSGi, the retailer formerly known as Dixons, has extended is netbook line-up with a new model the integrates HSDPA connectivity. The Advent 4213 is based on Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, packs in 1GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive. It has a 10.2in widescreen display, presumably with a 1024 x 600 resolution, though DSGi …
Tony Smith, 15 Sep 2008

Advent 4211 mini notebook

Review OK, so the Advent 4211 is MSI's Wind, sold under a different name, in this case DSG's in-house PC brand. But it's worth a look because of a couple of differences, most importantly the price. As the original notion of the Small, Cheap Computer, as embodied in the Asus Eee PC 701, has grown to take in bigger screens, better …
Tony Smith, 25 Aug 2008

Acer US prunes Aspire One mini laptop prices

Acer has cut the price of the Aspire One, making its Small, Cheap Computer even cheaper. In the US, at any rate. Stateside, the AA1 with an 8GB SSD, 512MB of memory and Linux pre-loaded will now cost $329 (£175/€221), down from $379 (£202/€255). The AA1 with a 120GB HDD, 1GB of DDR 2 and Windows XP is now priced at $349 (£186 …
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2008
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Cable and Wireless left cableless by double line break

Several of Cable and Wireless' large corporate customers were booted offline on Moday night when its Leeds data centres fell to an unlikely double cable break. The two breaks were more than 100 miles apart, in the Northampton and Runcorn areas. They cut off two data centres Cable and Wireless picked up when it bought Energis in …
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DSGi profit plummets 30%

DSG International (DSGi) saw annual profit tumble 30 per cent today, after the struggling electrical retailer was forced to cut prices to shift stock amidst a tightening of consumer spending. The firm, whose stores include Currys and PC World in the UK, Elkjop in Nordic countries and UniEuro in Italy, reported pre-tax profit …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2008
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Aliens, astronauts and Pope partition PC World

Comments It's been a while since astronauts were last in the public eye, but recently a bunch of them have been quoted as saying that aliens exist. Well, they should know, having undoubtedly exchanged glances with little green men through the windows of their space station. The government suppressed news of these encounters, naturally. …
Robin Lettice, 19 May 2008
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PC World, Currys staff to be dumped in DSGi rescue plan?

Hundreds of PC World and Currys staff could see the job axe swing on Thursday (15 May) when the stores’ owner DSG International (DSGi) announces its latest trading statement and strategy review. DSGi is understood to be closing 200 of its 700 stores as well as considering switching its outlets to a new superstore format, …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 May 2008
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BestBuy blasts into UK with Carphone Warehouse buy

Carphone Warehouse is selling a 50 per cent stake in its mobile phone retail business to US electronics retailer BestBuy, setting the stage for a heavyweight fight in the UK's retail electronics market. The deal will bring CPW £1.1bn in cash, enough to sort out its debt problems and could leave enough in the till to buy …
John Oates, 08 May 2008
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Sales slide at PC World, Currys

DSG International (DSGi) shares fell nine per cent this morning following the retail giant’s second profit warning in under four months. The firm’s CEO John Browett issued a statement today in which he admitted that customer demand in the UK and Ireland has been “lower than expected, with a negative impact on margins”. He …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Apr 2008
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John Clare surprised at DSG raids

The former boss of Dixons Store Group International (DSGI) says he was surprised at the European Commission raids on retailers earlier this week. The EC raided a DSGI call centre in Hemel Hempstead, as well as the offices of German and French retailers on Monday as part of an investigation into alleged anti-competitive …
John Oates, 14 Feb 2008
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Carphone Warehouse shares rally with buyout rumours

Shares in Carphone Warehouse closed up 2.6 per cent on Friday after rumours that Vodafone were looking to acquire the company surfaced. The recovery made up for the drop on Thursday when sometime competitor DSG International issued a profit warning, the combination putting CPW shares about where they were last week. While the …
Bill Ray, 07 Jan 2008
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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

PC World parent awaits FTSE 100 relegation

Retail mammoth DSG International (DSGi) looks set to spectacularly tumble out of the FTSE 100 today losing its status as one of the biggest PLCs in the UK. The firm, which owns Dixons, Currys, and PC World, admitted last month that it had overstocked laptops that failed to subsequently fly off the shelves. It also recently …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2007
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Dixons grinches Christmas

Dixons Store Group (DSG) blamed overstocking of laptops for poor performance at PC World, and sounded a warning for Christmas and the rest of the financial year. DSG chairman Sir John Collins said: "There is much debate about the uncertain outlook in many of our markets and the economic fundamentals make it difficult to …
John Oates, 28 Nov 2007
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Retailer pitches £1000 £10,000 Nintendo Wii

Updated Retail chain PC World is clearly out to cash in on the current shortage of Nintendo Wii in the UK. How else can we explain why it's offering one of the consoles for £1000 - more than three times' the recommend price? Here's the proof: PC World's £1000 Wii How much? Click for full-size image It's a glitch, of course. Or a …
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2007

Nintendo sounds Wii-free Xmas warning

If you’re hoping for a Wii from Santa’s sack this Christmas, don’t get your hopes up, Nintendo has said. The console company today warned that there could be a worldwide shortage of its console this holiday season. Despite the company already disappointing Wii fans by confirming that DVD support won’t be ready for the console by …
James Sherwood, 14 Nov 2007
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PC World feels the Vista pinch (again)

Slow adoption of Microsoft Vista has hamstrung profits again at DSG, the retail group that owns PC World. In a statement to the stock exchange today, it warned that overall group profit margins for the 24 weeks to 13 October will be down 0.6 per cent "largely driven by slower Vista-related hardware sales". PC World has been …

Who needs an iPhone when you can get married by a robot?

There may still be more than a week to go before the launch of the iPhone, but there's no way of avoiding it. The damn thing is everywhere even though it isn't officially anywhere yet. Apart from in Steve Jobs' pocket - and Eric Schmidt's. The Google CEO whipped his out in Paris the other day (still not an arrestable offence we …
Billy MacInnes, 21 Jun 2007
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DSG computing sales up, profits down

The increasing popularity of laptops helped deflate margins at DSG international's computing operation, the firm revealed in its full year results today. The electronics group turned in full year revenues of £7.9bn for the year to 28 April, up 14 per cent on the year. Pre-tax profits were £114.1m, down on the previous year's £ …
Joe Fay, 20 Jun 2007
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DSG hires Tesco man as new chief exec

Retail giant DSG has poached Tesco's operations development boss John Browett who is to join the firm as its new group chief executive. He will fill the hole left by John Clare who announced last week that he will be retiring in September after 22 years with the retailer, which owns Currys and PC World. Browett was …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jun 2007
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Not happy with PC World's customer service?

DSG employees are like one big happy family. In fact, when one of its retail operations lives next door to another - as is the case for PC World and Currys in sunny Crawley - it appears that it is not averse to sharing stock to get a sale. Such was the situation for one El Reg reader who set off on a computer shopping trip to …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jun 2007
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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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DSG results hit by sunshine

Dixons Store Group (DSG) said sales were hit by the unseasonally sunny weather in April and problems in France and Italy. For the year ended 28 April 2007, Dixons Store Group saw total sales grow 14 per cent or four per cent like for like. John Clare, group chief executive of DSG, said he was pleased with progress during a …
John Oates, 17 May 2007

Channel looks on the bright side, Woolies goes soft and Cisco aims small

Let the good times roll Let's start with the good news. According to a survey of European channel distributors and resellers (that means you), 2007 will be a year of strong sales growth and rises in revenue. The ETech 2007 survey found 70 per cent of channel distributors and resellers were confident about their business …
Billy MacInnes, 05 Apr 2007
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Busy day at DSG HQ

Electrical retailing giant DSG said it has identified "a significant fraud operation" at its Paris-based Fotovista warehouse. French police are investigating what DSG has described as "an isolated incident", and several arrests at the warehouse have already been made. DSG, which is Europe's biggest electrical retailer and …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2007

PC World Wintel boxes suffer from Mac envy

UK computer superstore chain PC World clearly thinks its customers are suffering on the sly from Mac envy. How else can we explain how the pictures of PCs on its online store and in its catalogues all show Mac OS X screenshots? Register Hardware reader Matt Kyte sent us a pic he took of a PC World catalogue page. On offer, a …
Tony Smith, 09 Mar 2007