Feeds

Articles about Dsg

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, we' …
Simon Rockman, 08 May 2014
Flag France

DSG 'consults' on future of French operation

DSG International has put its French PC City operation on notice, after kicking off a “consultation process” ahead of the reorganization of its Gallic assets. The electronics giant said “promotional restrictions” and a “competitive property market” make it increasingly difficult to achieve scale and brand awareness. In a bid …
Joe Fay, 23 Feb 2007
arrow pointing up

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
Warning: two way

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 previously …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jun 2007
channel

DSG could offload The Link - report

DSG International could be about to offload its troubled mobile phone business to cellco O2. The Link is a joint venture between DSG (60 per cent) and O2 (40 per cent) and has been dogged by speculation about its future for months. The Guardian reports that an announcement could be made as early as this week when DSG - which …
Tim Richardson, 19 Jun 2006
Flag France

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
Warning: two way

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
channel

World Cup gives hope to DSG

The upcoming World Cup is providing a fillip for the sale of electrical goods as fans prepare to settle down and watch the event on brand spanking new high definition and flat screen TVs. So says DSG International, the electrical retailer formerly known as Dixons, which reported that its UK business delivered a "satisfactory …
Team Register, 10 May 2006
channel

DSG speeds up Euro expansion

DSG international plc is stepping up its expansion into Central Europe. The UK-based retail outfit, formerly known as Dixons, is to open an Electro World store in Warsaw tomorrow with a second store due to open in Poland before Christmas. Electro World is also accelerating its store opening plan for Central Europe with plans …
Tim Richardson, 19 Oct 2005
chart

HCL moves in at DSG International

Indian giant HCL Technologies has clinched a massive outsourcing deal with DSG International - six months after the retailer’s plans to outsource internal IT support to LogicaCMG collapsed. HCL described the deal as “a multi-year, multi-service, multi-million dollar (and for all we know multi-storey) co-sourcing deal” covering …
Team Register, 19 Jan 2006
DSG logo

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 behaviour …
John Oates, 14 Feb 2008
channel

DSG gets Seasonal blues

Bosses at DSG International - the electrical retailers with companies including Dixons, Currys and PC World - are in need of some festive cheer after reporting that the run-up to the Christmas period remains tough. Like-for-like sales for the whole group in the 28 weeks to November 12 were down 3 per cent with its UK outlets …
Tim Richardson, 23 Nov 2005
PC World

Big TVs and small computers turn on DSG

Big screen TVs had the edge over laptop PCs when it came to picking customers’ wallets last year latest figures from PC World parent DSG International show. Overall sales at the electronics giant were up 14 per cent to £3.8bn in the six months to November 11, with profit before tax coming in at £78.9m, down on last year’s £105. …
Joe Fay, 18 Jan 2007
channel

DSG dreams of 'digital Christmas'

The performance of DSG - the high-street electricals retailer behind Dixons, Currys and PC World - was boosted over the festive period thanks to punters splashing out on a "digital Christmas". During the busy festive period total group sales were up five per cent, while in the UK, total sales were up three per cent, boosted by …
Tim Richardson, 18 Jan 2006
The Register breaking news

£35,186 not spent at DSG – so far

Marie Griffiths' tale of despair - 'NEVER, EVER buy ANYTHING from Curry's or Dixons' - has certainly generated heaps of interest from readers. A number of you pointed out the irony of her blog carrying an ad for Curry's. "I imagine that they are trying to recoup some of the cost of the loss of business," she quipped. She's …
Tim Richardson, 20 May 2003
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
Volkswagen Beetle

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
Dixons

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, the …
Hard Reg, 03 Nov 2011
arrow pointing up

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
The Register breaking news

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
Flag England

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
Warning Go

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
homeless man with sign

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
PC World

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 …
PC World

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
channel

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 is …
Cade Metz, 22 Dec 2009
3D TV

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 that …
Tony Smith, 12 Mar 2010
globalisation

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
The Register breaking news

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
chart

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
channel

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

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
graph up

PC World 'misled' punters over discount lappy

PC World has been ticked off for not having enough stock to meet a promotion for a cut-price laptop. The computer retailer - part of DSG International, which includes Dixons and Currys - ran a national press ad that told punters they could: "SAVE UP TO £140 ON LAPTOPS ... Packard Bell ... MODEL: R4650 ... USUAL IN-STORE PRICE £ …
Tim Richardson, 04 Jan 2006
homeless man with sign

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

UK retail giant canes Canis Canem Edit

Controversial game designer Rockstar will not see its take on Bash Street, Canis Canem Edit - aka Bully - on sale in shops owned by UK retail giant DSG, it has emerged. The reason? The chain believes the title is "not appropriate" for its "family-friendly image". Canis Canem Edit goes on sale in Europe on 27 October. It puts …
Hard Reg, 18 Oct 2006
hands waving dollar bills in the air

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
VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

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. Its …
Alun Taylor, 24 Aug 2011
For Sale sign detail

Curry's 'latest AMD CPU' ad misled viewers

UK high street retailer DSG, owner of the Dixons and Curry's store chains, has been slapped on the wrist by advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for claiming a £499 PC contained "the latest 64-bit AMD processor" when... er... it didn't. The offending ad was broadcast on TV in December 2005 to promote a …
Tony Smith, 08 Feb 2006
The Register breaking news

Freetalk shuts up

Vonage has taken over the distribution and customer base formally belonging to VoIP outfit Freetalk. Freetalk was set up less than a year ago by DSG International Plc and has been flogging connections though its Dixons (or Currys, or Currys.digital, depending on when you look) High Street stores. With its acquisition, Vonage …
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2006
The Register breaking news

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 …
channel

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
fingers pointing at man

Dixons' Irish stores unaffected by UK overhaul

Dixons is to remain part of the Irish electronics retail scene, even as its 190 British high-street counterparts are renamed Currys.digital. Under the re-branding strategy announced by its parent company DSG, the Dixons name will be used exclusively for online retail. The conversion will cost about €10m and will start early …
Ciaran Buckley, 06 Apr 2006
fingers pointing at man

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
globalisation

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
DSG logo

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 and …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 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
The Register breaking news

BT admits distribution talks with Dixons

BT has confirmed that it has held talks with Dixons Store Group (DSG) about replacing Freeserve in a key distribution deal with the high street electrical retailer. However, the UK's dominant telco has confirmed that it has ruled itself out of any tie-up with DSG. A spokesman for BT told The Register "Yes, we have had held …
Tim Richardson, 06 Jun 2003

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
channel

Dixons to outsource tech support to LogicaCMG

Dixons is on the verge of outsourcing its internal IT support in a bid to improve the service and save cash. Although contract negotiations have yet to be finalised, IT support services outfit LogicaCMG has been tipped as front runner for the deal. And according to insiders, the paperwork could be inked by the end of the month …
Tim Richardson, 12 May 2005
The Register breaking news

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