The decline in retail sales is slowing in Japan and Hong Kong; in the UK, Tesco and Sainsbury’s announce sustainability plans; and in the USA, no one comes close to Amazon during Cyber Weekend. Have a great day, and if you enjoy this edition, please share. On another note: To ensure our emails continue to reach your inbox, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list.
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Ebay analyses emotions On Tuesday, the US online private auction site opened a pop-up store in London where shoppers enter a booth containing a screen, headphones and a camera. People's faces are scanned and product suggestions are made based on analysis of what they "emotionally connect with".
Christmas ads fall on deaf ears UK businesses are expected to spend as much as GBP 5.6 billion on advertising this Christmas. However, according to a new report by MoneySavingExpert.com, their efforts are likely to be in vain. Of the 11,500 surveyed, 69% of respondents said advertising had absolutely no effect.