As we near the end of the post-Christmas reporting season we hear this week from retailers and the ONS on how they saw the festive season. Online sales were particularly strong in December for retailers operating in the textile, clothing and footwear categories (+20.9%) and household goods stores (+17%) in December, according to the ONS.
In today’s Peak 2017 update, we’re reporting on the latest figures from Top500 retailers from Burberry to Bonmarché, Halfords and Carpetright, and we also cover a trading update from the Royal Mail. Burberry [IRDX RBUR] this week said it was making good progress on introducing its new luxury-focused strategy in a third-quarter update. Retail sales, it said, fell by 2% to £719m, from £735m previously, in the three months to December 31, but that like-for-like sales rose by 2% on last time.
In today’s InternetRetailing newsletter, we’re reporting as retailers continue to update the markets on how they fared this Christmas. The overall verdict comes from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which found good year-on-year growth in ecommerce, especially in fashion, while the effect of inflation on overall sales meant shoppers buying across all channels spent more in December than last December – but less than they did in November.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".