The group, whose ranges are promoted by model Myleene Klass said sales for the seven weeks to December 23 were up 9 per cent as it attracted 410,000 new customers, up 16 per cent on the previous year.
Sales via phones and tablets made up 70 per cent of Very.co.uk’s sales, up 29 per cent. Star performers were fashion, smart home products and wearable technology.
Chief executive Alex Baldock said: “Most retail growth is online, and the online growth is from mobile.”
Rolls settles £671m bribe case
ROLLS-Royce has agreed to pay £671million to settle bribery and corruption cases with regulators on both sides of the Atlantic.
The aero-engine giant, one of the UK’s biggest manufacturing exporters, said the agreements relate to allegations involving intermediaries in a number of overseas markets, concerns about which it had passed to the UK’s Serious Fraud Office from 2012 onwards.
The voluntary payments – £497million to the SFO, $170million (£141million) to the US Department of Justice and $25million to Brazilian regulators, mean it will avoid anticorruption prosecution.
Pep&Co moves to Poundland
FASHION chain Pep&Co is to nearly double in size by opening 50 “shop-in-shops’ over the next 100 days in sister company Poundland’s stores.
The discount women’s, men’s and children’s clothing business launched onto the UK high street in the summer of 2015 with 50 standalone stores. It currently operates from 60-plus locations.
The expansion, set to begin next month, will create about 300 jobs, for which Poundland staff can apply.
Pep&Co managing director Adrian Mountford said: “By bringing Pep&Co to the largest Poundland stores we’re giving people access to the brand much more rapidly than we could on our own.”
5-a-side centres bounce back
GOALS Soccer Centres said it had “turned the corner” as it finished a year of two halves on the front foot after revamping UK sites.
Goals kicked on after a 1.9 per cent fall in first-half like-for-like sales for an annual improvement of 0.6 per cent on 2015. Group sales were up 1.3 per cent to £33.4million.
The five-a-side operator overhauled its management team last year when it announced a £16.75million fundraising to invest in pitches, floodlights and clubhouses.
It opens its second US centre next month. Chairman Nick Basing said: “We have turned the corner with this result. The refocused strategy under strong new executive leadership is working.”