Amazon quietly launches seven in-house clothing brands
Amazon has quietly launched seven in-house fashion labels that sell a range of clothing and accessories for men, women and children.
The ecommerce giant registered its new fashion brand trademarks in Europe through a Luxembourg-based subsidiary called Amazon Technologies.
The trademarked brands are selling over 1,700 different products on Amazon’s US website and one of of the women’s brands - Lark & Ro - is available on the Canadian site.
There is no indication on the products that they are Amazon-owned brands.
The seven brands include:
Franklin & Freeman - Men's dress shoes
Franklin Tailored - Men's suits and accessories
James & Erin - Women's clothing
Lark & Ro - Women's clothing
Society New York - Women's clothing
North Eleven - Women's accessories for cold weather
Scout + Ro - Children's clothing
A pair of men's shoes from Franklin & Freeman cost about $70 (£50) while women's tops from James & Erin are on sale for $30 (£21.46).
Amazon has been making a push into fashion for the last seven years, but until now it has not sold any own-brand clothing.
Source: CNN Money
Second-hand VW sales unaffected by emissions scandal
Second-hand Volkswagen cars appear as popular as ever in the UK despite an emissions scandal tainting the brand, according to data from Auto Trader.
VW admitted last year that it had been installing devices in diesel vehicles to cheat in US emissions tests.
Sales of new VW cars in the UK dropped 13.9% in January, according to figures from industry body SMMT. However, Auto Trader research found average used car prices for VWs were not affected, while consumer searches for VW brands showed no change.
The model that was most implicated by the emissions scandal, the Volkswagen Golf, is the second most viewed car on the Auto Trader website, behind only the BMW 3 series.
Source: Financial Times
Ofcom lets BT off Openreach spin-off for now
BT has narrowly avoided being forced to spin off Openreach into a separate company by industry regulator Ofcom.
Ofcom said BT must open up its network to competitors and reform Openreach "to better serve UK customers and businesses", but has stopped short of insisting it would have to spin off the company.
However, Ofcom has kept the door open to Openreach being made into separate entity, with its own shareholders.
The regulator added it would release more detailed proposals later this year.
Source: City AM
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