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Online and convenience shopping deemed crucial in global wine sales

Friday 27 February 2015 - 10:43
Online and convenience shopping deemed crucial in global wine sales

Convenience and online shopping have been determined as the two key factors that wine producers and companies will need to target across the major worldwide wine markets, according to the latest research from Wine Intelligence and ProWein.

The data reviews the markets it believes represents 50 per cent – or 12 billion litres – of all wine consumed globally, covering the UK, the US, France, Australia, Japan, Italy, Spain and Germany.

The increase in convenience shopping is a familiar practice across several countries as consumers lose i ...read more

eBay forecasts March as most popular month for new car buyers

Friday 27 February 2015 - 10:00
eBay forecasts March as most popular month for new car buyers

Vehicle firms will be ramping up their presence on mobile this March in a bid to attract new car buyers, according to research from eBay.

The online auction site reported March to be one of the most popular times of the year to buy cars – and with online sales proving more popular with consumers, businesses will be vying for attention via the mobile platform.

Data from eBay Advertising highlighted that in January 2015, the percen ...read more

Dad-to-be writes saddest eBay listing ever

Thursday 26 February 2015 - 10:02
Dad-to-be writes saddest eBay listing ever

Usually when preparing for childhood, many parents feel a sense of elation – except for Firat Demirhan, who posted a heart-wrenching 3,000-word eBay advert detailing the sale of his Opel Tigra.

The 29-year-old from Germany wrote: “Dear bargain hunters, it is with a heavy heart that I have to put my hot and much loved Opel Tigra up for sale as a result of the fact that two months ago my missus came back with a positive pregnancy test.”

However, it’s not all bad news for Demirhan – as Opel ha ...read more

Mobile makes up 40 per cent of online retail sales

Thursday 26 February 2015 - 09:15
Mobile makes up 40 per cent of online retail sales

More and more people are choosing mobile devices as their platform for online shopping, with 40 per cent of UK online retail sales in Q4 2014/2015 (November – January) undertaken on smartphones and tablets.

This statistic is revealed in recent research from IMRG and Capgemini, a figure that has risen from the original 37 per cent in the previous quarter. Additionally, confidence appears to be growing in mobile usage for online purchases – with 25 per cent of mobile sales undertaken via these devices an ...read more

Luton Town desk sold for £521

Wednesday 25 February 2015 - 09:30
Luton Town desk sold for £521

A desk at Luton Town football club has sold on eBay for £521.

The desk, which was first used by Luton Town boss, David Pleat in 1978 has been at the club for nearly 40 years and has seen the team go through 12 promotions and relegations and win two cups.

The desk has also been used by previous managers such as the late Ray Harford, and current manager, John Sti ...read more

Online retail surpasses in-store shopping

Wednesday 25 February 2015 - 09:26
Online retail surpasses in-store shopping

Online shopping has proven more popular than traditional store shopping, according to new research.

A Conlumino study commissioned by Webloyalty surveyed 2,068 shoppers in January 2015 to find that 87 per cent now conduct their shopping online – compared to 78.3 per cent who shop at brick-and-mortar stores.

Additionally, the study revealed that the typical UK digital shopper spent 225 minutes a wee ...read more

Retailer online deals affect 60 per cent of shopping activities

Tuesday 24 February 2015 - 09:47
Retailer online deals affect 60 per cent of shopping activities

Retailer online offers are having a direct influence on the buying habits of 60 per cent of UK customers, according to recent research from RapidCampaign.

Its ‘The Brands We Love v The Brands We Buy’ data showed that promotions encourage 28 per cent of shoppers to spend more, 27 per cent to purchase from retailers they wouldn’t normally opt for and 25 per cent to buy items they wouldn’t usually purchase.

Surveying 2,011 UK adults, the report revealed t ...read more

Perfectly round egg up for sale on eBay

Tuesday 24 February 2015 - 09:31
Perfectly round egg up for sale on eBay

An egg which has a perfectly spherical shape is up for sale on eBay.

The egg was found by Kim Broughton, 44 from Latchingdon, Essex when she went to collect the eggs from her hens. Ms Broughton didn’t realise the egg was unique until she washed it off inside, she said: “It’s absolutely amazing – I have never seen anything quite like it. It really is perfectly round." ...read more

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