This online retailer owns digital department stores including Littlewoods.com and Very.co.uk, which is now its biggest and fastest-growing brand with more than £850m in annual sales. The holding company for the Liverpool-based firm reported total sales of £1.8bn in 2015, through selling more than 48m products to 4m customers. It is owned by Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay, and is led by group chief executive Alex Baldock, 45.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank21
CompanyShop Direct
ActivityInternet retailer
LocationLiverpool
Sales £m1,788
Profit £m124
Year endJun 15
Principal shareholdersSir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay family settlements (100%)
Staff3,766
Founded1923
Websitewww.shopdirect.com

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