Retail Solutions Briefs: e-tailers, Harvey Norman, Xbox, Gateway

Retail Solutions Briefs: e-tailers, Harvey Norman, Xbox, Gateway

Christmas proves boom for Aussie e-tailersLocal e-tailing sites are still holding their own against their US counterparts, according to latest figures from online research company Red Sheriff.

The most popular items purchased online over the Christmas period were smaller items such as CDs and software. Dick Smith Electronics experienced around a 20 per cent gain in traffic, according to Red Sheriff.

Contributing factors to the strong Australian showing include the strength of the US dollar, but customers are also concerned about the quality of their products and delivery times.

Harvey Norman buys into Singapore

Harvey Norman is continuing its push into the Asian market with the acquisition of Singapore-based electronics chain Electric City.

The 14 stores will begin trading under the Harvey Norman banner this week. Typically dealing with consumer electronics, the retailing giant will expand the product line to include computer hardware and software.

The $15.3 million deal with Pertama Holdings will include all retail stock and fixed assets of the stores. Electric City employees and key office staff will be retained.

Harvey Norman's 80,000-foot signature store is on schedule for its opening on May 1, according to the company.

X marks the spot for Activision softwareIt may be a while until Microsoft's Xbox finds its way onto Australian retail shelves, but games publishers are already clambering for titles.

Activision has announced it will port its popular game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, one of six titles the company has planned for the console. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x is being developed to capitalise on the Xbox graphical processing unit's capabilities and will include online, multiplayer gameplay and tournament hosting, according to the company.

Consumers to receive Gateway reimbursementPC vendor Gateway will offer refunds to consumers following concerns raised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The ACCC queried advertising which offered consumers savings "before the GST".

The PCs in question are Essential 500SEC, Performance 700 and Solo 2150LS, sold between May 4 and 14. Gateway will refund between $100 and $200 depending on the model, according to the ACCC.

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