Retailer Carpetright has reported a "sharp deterioration" in UK trade and said its profits will be well below expectations. The chain, which has 416 shops in the UK and 136 in Europe, said sales in stores open more than a year fell 3.6pc in the 11 weeks to January 13. Total sales dropped 4.5pc after it closed 10 stores. The post-Christmas period was "significantly behind expectations" with "lower customer footfall", Carpetright said.
Shares in womenswear chain Bonmarché tumbled 24pc in morning trade after it reported a slump in sales over the key Christmas quarter. Sales in shops open more than a year tumbled 9.7pc in the 13 weeks to December 30, a performance Helen Connolly, chief executive, labelled "disappointing". Strong online sales growth of 28.5pc failed to offset the poor performance of its stores, resulting in an overall fall in like-for-like sales of 6.9pc. Total sales slumped 5.5pc.
A mineworker for London-listed Lonmin has been shot dead in an attack in South Africa, in the latest episode of simmering unease in the country’s platinum belt. The branch chairman of the National Union of Mineworkers at the Eastern Platinum mine in Marikana was shot at his home on Thursday evening, dying later at a nearby clinic. His wife was also shot but is expected to recover.
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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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".