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Apple's Worldwide Retail Takeover in One GIF

Apple opened its first brick-and-mortar store back in 2001, and they've spread to pretty much everywhere since, as you can see in this animated map from Business Insider. Is there anywhere you can go where there isn't an Apple Store nearby? Read More >>

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Wave Goodbye to 99p Downloads as UK Digital Sales Tax Loophole is Closed

Picking up a new eBook or MP3 may be about to get a fair whack more expensive, as Chancellor George Osbourne has moved in his latest budget to close a tax loophole that was allowing digital retailers to pay low foreign VAT rates on eBook, MP3 and app sales. Read More >>

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Blockbuster Has Been Resurrected...Again! Or Has It? (Update)

Blimey! Blockbuster is proving more resilient than the Terminator. Following two spells with the administrators in January and October of 2013, the movie rental service has been revived once more. Read More >>

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Shifting Gadgets and Toys in Retail Hell

I started working in retail at the worst time of year. It was a week before Christmas and my first few shifts were the very definition of being dropped in at the deep end. I was a sales assistant for a tech store in Bluewater, Kent, with no particular expertise in technology... had never sold anything in my life. Except myself, in the job interview, you could say. Read More >>

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This Giant Shoebox in London is Actually an Adidas Pop-Up Shop

Pop-up shops are all over the place these days, but when a big brand decides to get in on the action, it's often worth the hype. Read More >>

money
Say Bye-Bye BlockBuster as Remaining Stores Close December 16th

And so it ends -- having been given mouth-to-mouth after an earlier brush with the administrators, BlockBuster's UK demise is almost complete. Come December 16th, the remaining 91 stores of the movie and game rental chain will be shuttered for the final time. Keep an eye out for an everything-must-go sale, starting at the last stores now -- some items (but probably not the good stuff) will be 90% off. Read More >>

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Three Apple Geniuses Share Their Best Retail Horror Tales

Last month, I invited Apple employees to send me funny stories, and they did not disappoint. (The invitation still stands, so please drop me a line!) Here are three of my favourites so far. Read More >>

money
All Remaining UK Blockbuster Stores to Close

It's another sad day for the British high street, as it has been revealed Blockbuster is to close all of its remaining UK stores following its recent slide back into administration. Read More >>

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In the Future, Shopping Centres Will Be Halls Full of Screens

Shopping centre giant Westfield is partnering with eBay this Christmas to offer the world a sneak peek at the mall of the future. A bunch of touchscreens. Read More >>

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GAME Accused of Ruining Gamers' "Xbox One Day" By Cancelling Pre-Orders Without Refunds

Videogame retailer GAME has come under fire by an enraged group of customers who claim that their Xbox One pre-orders have been cancelled just days before the console's launch. And, to make matters worse, so far there's no sign of a refund. Read More >>

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Megaphone Protest Wins Man £450 PS4 Refund from Blockbuster

Adam Sibley pre-ordered and paid for a PS4 through re-bankrupted entertainment chain Blockbuster, and was told he wouldn't receive the console -- but could have store credit for £450 worth of CDs and DVDs instead. A one-man megaphone protest won him his money back, though. Read More >>

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IKEA's Going to Sell Solar Panels Now (No Assembly Required)

Get excited, Earthlings who like the Earth: IKEA just announced a new program to sell energy-saving solar panels in each of its 17 UK stores. This means that with a little bit more effort than it takes to purchase a set of Billy bookcases, Brits can be doing their part to bring the world a little closer to sustainable energy. Read More >>

business
Salvaged HMV Returns to Old Oxford Street Stomping Ground

The long-running saga of the death and return of HMV entered a new chapter this weekend, with a new physical branch of the troubled music chain opening up for business on London's Oxford Street. Read More >>

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Fewer High Street Shops Closed in 2013, But What's the Scene Like In Your Local Area?

Retail stats suggest the rate at which shops are deserting the UK high street has slowed, as the new wave of charity shops, coffee chains and pawnbrokers open up to replace the holes where Woolworths and the rest once stood. But do you ever walk down your local high street any more? Read More >>

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Buy it on eBay, Collect it at Argos, With 'Click and Collect' Scheme

eBay's announced a joint trial with Argos, that sees big sellers able to flog their stuff through the auction site and allow buyers to pick it up from a participating branch of the high street chain. Read More >>

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In the Shop of the Future, Buying Milk Will Be Effortless Yet Totally Creepy

Walk down pretty much any one of Britain’s High Streets, and the boarded-up shops paint their own bleak picture of an industry in recession. Managers will tell you how there’s no money left in bricks-and-mortar anymore; this is one business model well and truly disrupted. But Silicon Valley hasn’t destroyed physical retail; it’s just changing it beyond all recognition. Read More >>

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