Play.com Announces Sales Boost For BAFTA Nominees

Play.com, the online entertainment retailer, has announced that it is seeing a record sales boost on DVDs that feature this year’s big name BAFTA nominees, such as James Franco, Natalie Portman and Colin Firth.

Play.com has revealed that James Franco was the surprise runaway winner in terms of sales increases since the BAFTA nominations were announced in January.

James Franco, the Hollywood heart-throb who was nominated for his performance in the Danny Boyle film ‘127 Hours’ saw sales of his earlier films (‘Milk’, ‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘Eat Pray Love’) jump by 38%.

Natalie Portman confirmed her place as Best Actress with sales from her back catalogue (including ‘Closer’, where she played a dancing girl, and ‘V for Vendetta’, where she plays a vigilante) increasing by 26%. Natalie Portman’s award-winning portrayal of vulnerable ballerina Nina Sayer alongside Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder in ‘Black Swan’ drew attention to her highly adaptable acting style and consumers wanted to watch her play a variety of parts from her impressive portfolio of films.

Colin Firth, the man of the moment following his monumental performance as King George VI alongside fellow nominee Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech also recorded significant sales increases of his previous work, with an overall 20% uplift since he was nominated for Best Actor.

Simon Homent, head of DVD buying at Play.com said: “Throughout the awards season we continue to see a significant boost in sales for nominees’ previous films. Consumers gain interest in not only the films, but also the actors. They buy their earlier films to revisit or explore for the first time the work that helped to get these stars to where they are today. Despite Colin Firth not being the King of sales since the nominations were revealed, we anticipate that The King’s Speech will be one of the biggest DVD releases of 2011 when it goes on pre-order on the 7th March.”

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Missguided.co.uk Release New And Improved Delivery Options

British online fashion retailer Missguided.co.uk have increased their choices of delivery options for customers, in a bid to highlight the convenience of buying summer dresses, prom dresses and many other items of women’s clothing online, even for a last minute occasion.

Customers already benefit from free delivery on all orders over £35, with delivery guaranteed within 2-3 days, and they can now choose from three other options too:
+ Standard delivery at £3.95 – order before 4pm and receive your item within 1-2 days.
+ Next Day delivery at £4.95 – Order before 8pm Monday to Thursday, or between 4pm Friday and 12midday Sunday for Monday delivery.
+ Guaranteed Saturday delivery at £7.00 – Order before 4pm on Friday.

These new delivery options mean that it is easier than ever to buy from Missguided.co.uk and receive new pieces of fashion-forward clothing or footwear in time for that prom, party, wedding, or other important occasion. Plan ahead and choose free or standard delivery, alternatively, choose guaranteed Saturday delivery or next day delivery to ensure you get beach dresses in time for your last minute holiday, and prom dresses in time for your prom!

Showcasing the best in women’s clothing at affordable prices Missguided gives their customers a wide variety of choice in the latest trends from gorgeous party dresses, to a variety of footwear, trousers and a beautiful range of blouses.

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Take This Tablet To Solve All Your Mobile Business Headaches

If you’re always on the move, but your busy schedule means you need to have your work at your fingertips, then at BT Business Direct we’ve got a solution which will push all the right buttons.

The Viewsonic ViewPad 10 tablet PC is an affordable way to get right in step with the latest trends in portable computing.

Packing a mass of useful capabilities and features into its diminutive 10.1-inch frame, BT Business Direct’s compact solution for people who are always on the go comes with a choice of operating systems – Windows 7 Home Premium for ultimate compatibility when working on a network, or Google’s highly-acclaimed Android operating system.

Designed to offer the ultimate mobile device experience, Android opens up a world of personal communications and entertainment possibilities, and makes browsing and using simple applications on the move a total pleasure.

“This combination of operating systems is especially attractive for business users, as it means they can run their professional applications using the trusted Windows platform while on the move or in the boardroom,” explained BT Business Direct’s Jade Tomlinson

The ViewPad 10’s high-definition touch screen and 1024×600 LED backlit panel make it perfect for use anywhere, and its fast Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 1GB of integrated memory, 16GB hard drive and expandable micro SD slot.

All that capability makes the ViewPad 10 one of most versatile business tablet PCs available – and at BT Business Direct’s tempting price of £349.99 plus VAT*, it’s a small price to pay for such a large amount of freedom.

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House of Fraser, the UK’s premium department store, has launched Barbour online at houseoffraser.co.uk

The brand’s Spring menswear collection is available online now alongside brands such as Ted Baker and Ralph Lauren.

Sales of wax and quilted jackets, made famous by heritage country label Barbour, have been steadily on the rise since last season and House of Fraser shoppers have been searching for Barbour’s signature outerwear. The brand’s Spring menswear collection is available online now.

The Country Gent look – inspired by dog walkers, shooting parties and old fashioned country gentry – has made a major comeback in the men’s casual wear market. House of Fraser saw a high demand for wax and quilted jackets on its website.

Following in the very practical footsteps of Hunter Wellingtons, classic Barbour jackets appeal to today’s shoppers so much because they are tried and tested, excellent quality and will last a lifetime.

A true heritage brand, Barbour is over 100 years old and a 4th generation family business. Its clothing is designed with people who love the country firmly in mind and offers the pieces perfect for country pursuits. The brand still holds true to its original core values of heritage, attention to detail, durability and fit-for-purpose clothing.

Barbour is most famous for its waxed cotton jackets, which have been in demand since the company launched and were put to the test in the early days by sailors, fishermen and dock and shipyard workers.

As well as waxed and quilted jackets, cords, tweeds and flat caps are also enjoying a fashion resurgence. But, as with the Barbour jacket, it’s all about choosing one or two key pieces from the Country Gent uniform and mixing them with contemporary items such as men’s jeans.

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Fashion Etailer Missguided has won ‘Best new Etailer’ at the 2011 Drapers Etail Awards Apparel, Beauty, E-Commerce, Fashion, Online Retailers, Retail, Retailer, Shopping, Shops

Missguided took the honour ahead of illustrious competition such as Very (very.co.uk) and Glam Boutique (glamboutique.co.uk).

Since its launch 18 months ago, Missguided has offered a fresh and vibrant product range, including leading brands and a wide range of party dresses, which is regularly updated to create constant appeal among fashion-conscious womenswear shoppers. Its reputation for affordable, up-to-the minute style, packaged together with tips and advice, has made it the ultimate online shopping destination in its sector.

Lakestar Media, Missguided’s online marketing agency, has worked with the etailer to roll out an effective Search Engine Optimisation strategy and develop a robust Affiliate Marketing programme. These strategies, together with a strong offline campaign, have facilitated firm relationships with key media titles, helped to keep the brand at the forefront of shoppers’ minds, and contributed to the tangible results that impressed the Drapers judging panel.

Founder and Chief Executive of Missguided.co.uk Nitin Passi commented: “We set out to offer something fresh and vibrant for the trend-conscious shopper and, as this award testifies, have rapidly established Missguided.co.uk as a leader in its sector.

“We will continue to innovate throughout 2011, delivering all the best runway and celebrity-inspired looks at affordable prices, extending our beauty range and developing new ways to offer our customers an easy but exciting shopping experience online.”

Neil McKay, Lakestar Media’s CEO said “This is a very exciting time for Missguided, and we are extremely proud to be their digital marketing partner. We are looking forward to helping them go from strength to strength in the future”.

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