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A move from analogue to DAB radio may leave people with sight problems left out of Britain’s digital revolution if steps are not taken to assist in the switchover, stated the Communications Minister Lord Carter in the Digital Britain report. Although this report initiates further discussions around a Digital Help Scheme similar to that used for switchover to digital television, The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) believes such a scheme is absolutely essential.

For only the second time in a year the consumer electronics market has achieved a value growth, albeit at 0.5%. This is still a big turn around on the figures GfK Retail & Technology have recorded in 2009. Driven by increased television sales the CE market has outperformed other technology markets. Manufacturers are cramming more features into their devices while price cutting and promotional activity continues.

BrightHouse, the furniture and electricals retailer that specialises in selling on credit to customers on low incomes, has reported a 16.9% rise in annual sales to £170.6 million.

Britain’s supermarkets are using the property crash to seize sites for new stores in a land grab that could redefine the retail sector for years to come. Tesco and Asda  are committed to opening 2.5m sq ft of new space this year, while Sainsbury’s wants to add 2.5m sq ft – 15% of its floorspace – by March 2011. Morrisons is on track to open 1m sq ft by January 2011.

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