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UK retail wiz makes $61m by turning up at Apple

The former boss of UK retail chain Dixons found himself - almost - $61m richer on Friday as he sat down at his new desk at Apple. Filings at the SEC show that John Browett took up his new role as senior vp for retail at Apple last Friday. The filings were flagged up by MacRumours amongst others, and can be viewed at the SEC …
Joe Fay, 25 Apr 2012
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Computers Unlimited director exits after dispute

Computers Unlimited group sales and marketing director Mark Chatterton has left following a disagreement over future direction with senior management. Industry vet Chatterton spent around eight months at the Apple distributor, which he joined after stints at wholesalers Office2Office and Northamber. Prior to this he spent around …
Paul Kunert, 06 Sep 2011
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Dixons to flog off old 'brands' Miranda and Saisho

Struggling retailer Dixons Store Group has appointed an IP firm to flog off two of its now-defunct brands. Metis Partners is looking for offers for Saisho and Miranda. Saisho is offered with "goodwill in the brand and reputation", we're told. It also holds 16 international trademarks. Metis reckons Saisho has made £27m in …
John Oates, 18 May 2011
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Dixons warns on crap Christmas

Dixons warned markets this morning that Christmas trading had been worse than expected with like-for-like sales down 2 per cent and margins down 0.2 per cent. The world's favourite IT retailer said it now expects profit before tax to be at the lower end of predictions – between £100m and £110m. Dixons shares fell almost 10 per …
John Oates, 13 Jan 2011
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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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Apple's iPad resellers are revolting

Apple's Premium Resellers are getting iPads to sell on Friday - provided their shops pass Apple's stringent standards. But retailers are irritated at Apple's insistence that they do not take pre-orders or publicise the launch on their websites or in store until Friday morning. They were even more annoyed at DSGi's claim that …
John Oates, 26 May 2010
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PC World gets almost-exclusive iPad deal

If you want to buy an iPad on Friday, and you aren't near an Apple store, you'd best get down to PC World or Currys. Dixons Store Group International has got a 60-day exclusive to sell the giant phoneless iPhone in 139 stores. Pre-orders are only available through Apple's own shops. The magic pad will also be on sale in Best …
John Oates, 25 May 2010
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Best Buy UK to flog electric cars, scooters and bikes

Best Buy is majoring on "Green Tech" in its first UK superstore. The Lakeside, Thurrock store opens on 30 April and will sell electric bicycles such as the GoCycle, Ultramotor, Metro and Moore & Large's iZip brands with prices starting at £399. Best Buy will also stock the Enertia electric motorbike from August and it will house …
Hard Reg, 23 Apr 2010
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Best Buy trumpets UK store openings

Best Buy opens its first UK outlet, a superstore with with a 50,000 sqft shop floor, in Lakeside, Thurrock, in May. Best buy logo Best Buy, America's biggest consumer electronics chain, has also pencilled "big box" store openings in June for Southamption and Merry Hill, West Midlands, and later this year for Aintree, near …
Team Register, 29 Mar 2010
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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 …
John Oates, 14 Jan 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 is …
Cade Metz, 22 Dec 2009
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Virgin coughs up digital tech support for clueless users

Virgin Group has launched a tech help service that will compete with the likes of DSGi's Tech Guys in the UK. Virgin Digital Help is the company's first new UK consumer biz in three years. It was created in partnership with outsourcing outfit Sutherland Global Services, said Virgin. The service is pitched at clueless Blighty …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2009
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Dell does a Chrimbo deal with John Lewis

Dell has inked a deal with high street retailer John Lewis to exclusively punt its range of ultra-thin Adamo XPS laptops. Financial details of the agreement were kept secret. Dell made a big song-and-dance about how John Lewis would be selling the Adamo XPS laptop to customers in time to slot it into their loved ones' …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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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 …
John Oates, 26 Nov 2009
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Immigration authorities swoop on Currys depot

Immigration authorities this week arrested ten Currys staff at a depot in Newark near Nottingham because they were not legally entitled to work in the UK. The electronics retailer reported the workers, mostly from Zimbabwe, to authorities following concerns about their identity documents. The UK Border Agency moved in on …
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PC World punts Windows 7 £100 trade-in promotion

Windows 7 DSGi is betting big on Windows 7 sales with a special promotion clearly designed to convince more customers to visit the firm’s not exactly bustling PC World stores. From tomorrow PC World will be offering up to £100 off to anyone who trades in an old, working laptop for a Windows 7 machine. The High Street retailer’s …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2009
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Revolting postmen force early Windows 7 launch

Windows 7 Windows 7 orders are arriving in some UK customers’ letterboxes three days ahead of the operating system’s official launch. Currys and PC World have shipped some editions of the software early in a move to try and offset the pain customers face from Royal Mail's planned 48-hour strike on Thursday 22 October, which happens to …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 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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Has Spare Backup had a Carphone Warehouse boost?

Cloud backup service provider Spare Backup has just got a big business boost from a UK partner, thought to be Carphone Warehouse. Spare Backup has an June 24, 2009 SEC filing that says is has agreed" "... a vastly expanded scope of work to be added as an addendum to their (November 8, 2008 Master Services Agreement) (and) will …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2009
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Java to offer Carbonite capture to users

Sun customers downloading the latest version of Java will get a free 30-day trial of Carbonite Online Backup. Carbonite reckons this will get it access to millions of Java users. Carbonite Online Backup installs in a few clicks and runs automatically in the background, continually backing up the files on the computer, sending …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2009
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DSGi trims losses amidst plunging economy

DSGi management claimed to have steadied the ship as it unveiled full year figures that showed a reduced pre-tax loss on almost static sales this morning. The electronics giant, which owns the PC World chain, has had a torrid year which has seen it offload unwanted businesses across Europe, undertake a massive overhaul of its …
Joe Fay, 25 Jun 2009
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HP taps Symantec cloud backup

HP is distributing Symantec's cloud backup software on its consumer PCs and notebooks, which also include a 60-day version of Norton Security. Customers will get a 30-day trial of Norton Online Backup. The software is pre-installed, and the offer includes 5GB of cloud storage. HP recently shut down its own Upline cloud backup …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 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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DSGi plans £310m rights issue

DSGi is looking to raise £310m through a rights issue to underwrite its continuing overhaul and offset a drying up of credit insurance. The placing was revealed as the firm, which owns PC World, confirmed a slide in revenues and forecast a loss for the year ending May 2 once charges for businesses it is closing are included. …
Team Register, 30 Apr 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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Ingram ups small biz credit

Ingram Micro's Europe arm is offering more credit to its small business customers - even offering to move pre-payment customers onto credit accounts. The distie said the economic crisis was making it difficult for small business to get credit from banks or from disties. Therefore Ingram is moving "a significant proportion" of …
John Oates, 10 Mar 2009
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PC World cuts off Capita call centre contract

PC World owner DSGi has decided not to renew its call centre outsourcing contract with Capita and will instead bring 1,300 staff back in house. Call centres in Sheffield and Nottingham will return to the DSGi fold on September 2. The original contract, signed in 2004, is due to finish during April. The pair have signed a six …
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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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Recession prompts job cuts at PC World call centres

Capita will cut up to 42 jobs at call centres it runs for PC World owner DSGi in Sheffield and Nottingham because of falling call numbers. The outsourcing giant informed staff of the redundancy programme, which will hit mainly team leaders, on Monday. Those affected today enter a 30 day statutory consultation period. Some may be …
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Microsoft's Equipt kill date remains MIA amid retail carnage

Microsoft has yet to administer the coup de grace to its Equipt subscription software package two months after it confirmed it would dump the service. Redmond ditched its Office and security subscription service in November just a few months after the firm started flogging it through the now bankrupt US retail giant Circuit …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2009
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Empire Direct goes titsup

Another UK retailer has gone titsup - electrical retailer Empire Direct has gone into administration. The Leeds-based chain's 14 warehouse shops and online store are shut as it was unable to trade in administration because of low stock levels. The firm's collapse means 150 jobs have been lost. Customers awaiting orders should …
John Oates, 20 Jan 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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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 …
John Oates, 15 Jan 2009
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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." …
John Oates, 12 Jan 2009

Advent unveils stylish 18.4in-screen Atom desktop

DSGi's Advent offshoot has followed up its various netbooks with a desktop machine based on Intel's Atom processor. Advent AIO 100 Advent's AIO 100: 18in screen The Advent AIO 100 packs in a Eee Box-style spec: 1GB of memory, 160GB hard drive, on-board 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Ethernet, four-in-one memory card reader and a stack …
Tony Smith, 08 Jan 2009
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UK retailers say gadgets will be cheaper on Monday

If you thought retail giants were all just money grabbing b***s, then Monday’s VAT reduction could just prove you wrong. Because Register Hardware’s found that most will – contrary to popular belief - pass the 2.5 per cent saving on to you. But the discounts won’t amount to much. Think of it like this, when the government cut …
James Sherwood, 29 Nov 2008
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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

Sony Vaio TT slim'n'light laptop

Review Sony has been pitching small, slim laptops at executives for years now, packing in as much functionality into as compact a chassis as it can and charging a premium for it. Why mess with a successful formula? So the new Vaio TT doesn't. There's clearly a market for this kind of machine, as the success of previous Sony thin'n' …
Tony Smith, 21 Nov 2008

Dell Studio Hybrid mini desktop PC

Review For years, laptops have relied on desktop computer technology hand-me-downs, so it's only fair that Dell's Studio Hybrid is a desktop that makes use of laptop parts. It's done so in the name of miniaturisation. Using Intel's mobile technology, with its greater power efficiency, means Dell can shrink the Studio Hybrid down to a …
Tony Smith, 17 Nov 2008
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DSGi denies Electro World 'up for sale' rumours

Electrical retail giant DSGi has denied a report that suggests the firm has put its unprofitable European store chain Electro World up for sale. According to the Sunday Times, DSGi, which owns PC World and Currys in the UK and has a number of well-known electrical store brands throughout Europe, is in the process of selling …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Nov 2008
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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

Advent 4213 HSDPA 3G-enabled netbook

Review Having dipped its toe into the netbook waters with the Advent 4211, a rebadged version of the MSI Wind, DSGi - the retailer formerly known as Dixons - has quickly jumped in with a pair of new Small, Cheap Computers: the 4212 and 4213, both based on ECS' G10IL1. Both machines are almost identical. There's one key difference: …
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2008

Medion cuts netbook price to offer UK's cheapest rebadged Wind

Medion has cut the price of its Akoya Mini E1210 Small, Cheap Computer, making it the cheapest rebadged MSI Wind in the UK. Just about, at any rate. Medion today said from now on UK grocer Sainsbury's will be charging £279 for the E1210, though we notice that's also what Medion itself has priced the SCC at on its own online …
Tony Smith, 09 Oct 2008
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Armani stiches together latest talker

Fashion favourite Armani has expanded its range of branded gadgets with the creation of a second Samsung mobile phone. samsung_armani_night_effect The Samsung/Armani Night Effect Sporting a black hue and 'Night Effect' codename, details of the M7500 handset have cropped up on the websites of several online retailers, …
James Sherwood, 22 Sep 2008

Register Hardware Netbooks specs chart updated

After publishing our Netbooks & Mini-laptops Buyer's Guide, we received a number of suggestions and requests about our Specs Table. We took them on board, and have now posted an updated version. The new table now includes size and weight listings for the Small, Cheap Computers originally included in the table. We also took the …

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
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Dixons Group still suffering

Dixons Store Group International shares fell another five per cent this morning after the company reported poor results for the three months ended 23 August 2008. DSGI shares were trading at 50.5p, down from a year high of 160p. The interim report revealed like-for-like sales were down seven per cent and gross margins down 0. …
John Oates, 03 Sep 2008