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Shop Direct has focused on its digital strategy since 2015, when it ended its catalogue and became a purely online business. Its online stores include Littlewoods.com and Very.co.uk which helped boost sales 6% to £1.9bn in 2017 with profits of £236m. The Liverpool business is owned by brothers Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay and their family trusts. In May, the former boss of The Rank Group, Henry Birch, 49, took over as its new chief executive.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank26
CompanyShop Direct
ActivityInternet retailer
LocationLiverpool
Sales £m1,930
Profit £m236
Year endJun 17
Principal shareholdersSir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay family settlements (100%)
Staff3,869
Founded1923
Websitewww.shopdirect.com

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