Lottery operator Camelot is to extend trials of ISDN links to a further 2,000 retailers in September and October, from 200 at the moment, in a bid to reduce terminal downtime.
Head of corporate communications Andrew Jones said a key cause of retailer dissatisfaction is BT exchanges taking out terminals across a whole region when they go down.

Safeway is to run a charity campaign to raise funds for street children in September with YMCA overseas relief agency Y Care International.

Barclaycard Merchant Services says credit and debit card spending on food and drink went up 1.3% this June, compared to May. Spend per transaction was up from £36.46 to £37.66. But spend was down 0.6% on June 2001.

Soft drinks manufacturer Innocent Drinks and grocery manufacturer Stream Foods are among five shortlisted nominees for National Business Awards in the small to medium-sized business of the year category.

Londis is running its first-ever national consumer competition, asking under-11s through stores and schools to create a design to go on carrier bags and lorries. The Bags of Talent competition is sponsored by Ribena.

Nut and fine foods importer Hider Foods has doubled its warehouse space to 30,000 sq ft in an expansion drive.

disability rights
Manchester's shopping area is the focus of the first Disability Rights Day on August 15. Stores will be involved in the day with windows featuring disabled mannequins.

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