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With the afterglow of the Olympics fading and the summer holidays coming to a close, retailers will be hoping that the boost identified by the latest ONS survey is the start of a sustained recovery. Some retailers are bold enough to expand – in this issue we look at
Dwell and how it has bucked the market, value menswear retailer Blue Inc’s plans to grow its overseas business and Netflix gaining 1 million subscribers since its UK launch in January. While Netflix shows the rise in popularity of streaming video content, this week also saw the failure of online gaming platform OnLive, indicating the perils of even the most high growth markets. The aspirational furniture retailer Dwell is set to open its 23rd outlet at the Lakeside Retail Park. This opening will continue its recent expansion program, which has led to seven new stores opening since January 2011. With this expansion and its affordable, contemporary offer, Dwell has been one of the better performing retailers in a challenging market.
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