Market Report 1 November 2015

Trick or treat? Bull or bear? One might reasonably ask if the market is playing one big trick on us at the moment. I’ve often said that sometimes the markets are easy and sometimes they are hard. It’s been incredibly difficult for a year now, and just when it seemed like we were getting some clarity […]


Nov 1, 2015

Living in an omni-channel world

It’s been an unpredictable year for retail, with some suggesting periods of sustained growth the likes of which we haven’t seen since before the economic downturn, and others sounding doom for the industry. ONS figures showed retail sales climbed 0.9 per cent in the three months to March, marking the longest period of continued growth […]


Oct 27, 2015

Case study: Shop Direct

The unstoppable rise of digital retail The incredible rise of internet shopping shows no signs of slowing, and nowhere symbolises the story of the digital retail age better than Shop Direct. The Liverpool-based company has overseen the death of the historic Littlewoods catalogue tradition after 80 years, taking the brand purely online, and an explosion […]


Market Report 4 October 2015

Volatility still remains very high, with daily and weekly ranges much bigger than the long-term average. You will recall not so long ago that I used to use a figure of 275pts for the average week’s range on the Dow. It is around double that at the moment (last week was 530pts) and this is not […]


Oct 4, 2015