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GearZap launches sleeve shop

Online retailer GearZap.com has launched what it claims is the biggest netbook sleeve store on the internet. The site, which offers a range of netbook cases and accessories, is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for netbook owners, according to the retailer. The site carries a number of brands including Cool Bananas, Belkin, Targus, Tech Air, Pat Says Now and Pakuma. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 30 November 2009

The EMEA Channel Wrap – 27/11/09

Your indispensable digest covering major channel news and announcements across the EMEA theatre has arrived. We pay a flying visit to some of the major in-country channel publications to round up the latest distribution developments within the vast EMEA theatre. We do the legwork; you sit back and get up-to-speed on 15 stories from across the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 27 November 2009

DSG upbeat on interim results

Electronics and IT retail giant DSG International has released interim results for the 24 weeks ending 17 October 2009. Group sales were down 1% year-on-year at US$5.46 billion with an underlying gross margin of 0.4%. Total pre-tax losses after deducting non-underlying charges of US$9m were US$37.9m – a 58% decrease on the similar figure a year earlier. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 27 November 2009

Middle East retail channel sales bounce back in October

The Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Monthly Monitor Report (MMR) for working month October 2009 showed a sharply increased satisfaction with sales volumes from both vendors and retailers. The Sales Volume Index climbed to 6.97 (scored out of 10) from just 5.42 a month earlier as the GITEX period, the launch of Windows 7 and the beginning of the traditionally strong fourth quarter, breathed new life into the region’s retail channel. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 25 November 2009

Jumbo opens new store in Al Ain

UAE retail giant Jumbo Electronics has opened its third store in Al Ain, UAE. The new outlet, located in Bawadi Mall takes Jumbo’s UAE retail network to 30 stores. The store was officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Peter McElwaine, CEO, and JP Nambiar, head of retail division at Jumbo Electronics. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 25 November 2009

Julian Dent, VIA

Gross margin can be a dangerous measure in recovery times. Channel expert Julian Dent from VIA explains why. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 25 November 2009

Gartner offers European insight for third quarter

Research house Gartner has revealed that PC shipments in Western Europe fell 0.3% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2009 to 16.7m units. Despite the year-on-year drop, third quarter shipments were up 30% sequentially compared to the second quarter of 2009. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 13 November 2009

FCC opens new retail outlet in Kuwait

Future Communications Company (FCC), an authorised distributor of Nokia phones and accessories in Kuwait, has opened its 35th retail outlet in the country. The latest addition to FCC’s retail network is located at Al-Bairaq Mall in the Al Egaila area, south of Kuwait City. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 12 November 2009

ComTrade picks up Microsoft LAR status

ComTrade Group, one of the largest IT companies in South East Europe, has been awarded large account reseller (LAR) status by Microsoft. The official LAR status has been assigned to ComTrade IT solutions and services – also known as Spinnaker – in addition to its current Microsoft gold partner accreditations. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 12 November 2009

Lexmark trains Egyptian partners

Printing solutions vendor Lexmark has conducted a two-day channel training programme for resellers and retailers in Cairo, Egypt. More than 60 delegates from retailers and resellers turned up for the training session designed to boost Lexmark’s relationship with partners across Egypt. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 11 November 2009

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