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Suit and fashion retailer Moss Bros announced this week that like-for-like retail sales for its half-year (26 weeks to 27 July) were up 1.2%, while pre-tax profit remained steady at £2.2 million.

In a financial statement, the company's CEO Brian Brick said that the business is making significant progress in its digital endeavours, with its relatively new eCommerce platform seeing sales rise 164% year on year. A transactional website for the retailer's hire business is set to be ready by November.

There are also plans for Moss Bros to launch a number of country specific, local currency websites in the second half of the year in an effort to improve targeting of international customers.

Elsewhere in the UK, delivery and returns service CollectPlus has launched an initiative with John Lewis that will allow the department store chain's customers to pick up their online orders at a number of convenience stores and petrol stations across the UK.

The trial has initially launched in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the south-west of England and will be available at 1,500 locations in these regions at a cost of £3 per order.

CollectPlus CEO Neil Ashworth said: "We are trialling the service in these four regions of the UK to offer John Lewis new customer touch-points, in areas where residents are are in need of greater choice and convenience."

The global fashion retailer H&M, meanwhile, has had an impressive third quarter, with sales in local currencies up by 12% year on year.

It also indicated that it is achieving success in a number of new markets, and has ambitious plans to enter even more territories in the year ahead – both with stores and through online retail. In October this year it will open in Indonesia via a franchise model, and in the first half of 2014 the company will arrive in Australia's Melbourne for the first time, ahead of an unveiling in South Africa the following year.

H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson said: "The third quarter has been very good as regards both sales and profits. Profits after financial items increased by nearly SEK 1 billion. Our well-received summer collections have resulted in strong sales development in the quarter, particularly in Asia but also in a number of European markets.

"We have also seen the very successful launch of our online store in the US in August and can see that our offering stands up well in the world's largest online market."

In the payments world, Braintree has been acquired by leading e-tailer eBay in a deal worth $800 million. The global payment platform which powers companies seen as the next generation of leading digital start-ups, such as Airbnb, OpenTable and TaskRabbit, is viewed as being particularly attractive to eBay's PayPal division due to its expertise in the mobile space.

Braintree CEO Bill Ready said: "The alignment with PayPal means Braintree can continue to push the boundaries of innovation, while expanding into new markets with increased speed and confidence. Our current customers and developer community can expect the same level of support and partnership they've always enjoyed, coupled with more resources."

On the subject of mobile, pure-play retailer Amazon was commended for its performance in this field when it was rated top for multichannel in the latest eChannel Retail Benchmark study from eDigitalResearch.

Under the leadership of UK managing director Chris North, Amazon's mobile site and app performed particularly well for search, navigation and purchase sections of the customer journey, with consumers reportedly impressed by the website's integrated barcode scanners and 1-click purchase options.

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