75 Argos stores closure threat

Argos is to close or relocate 75 stores across the UK over the next five years under plans to "reinvent" the business in online retail. The firm's parent company reported a 37% fall in half-yearly pre-tax profits.

Customers on Argos slump: 'The format is very 1990s'

ITV News Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg asked her Twitter followers why they might have stopped shopping at Argos.

Below is a selection of responses she received:

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@itvlaurak the store format is very 1990s and they are often undercut by the big Supermarkets.

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@itvlaurak Argos is the new (old) Woolworths. You think of it when you can't think of any where else and forget the web will be cheaper.

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@itvlaurak Argos was a great business model prior to the Internet. We all now have an unlimited online catalogue which offers wider choice.

Argos has 'no plans' to phase out hard-copy catalogue

Argos said its hard-copy catalogues will continue to be printed twice a year.

An Argos spokeswoman told ITV News that the company has "no plans" to phase out its famous hard-copy catalogue in the "foreseeable future".

Confusion is likely to have arisen after the retailer's half year results statement said its transformation plans included "repositioning Argos as a digitally-led business from a catalogue-led business."

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Argos must be 'digitally-led business', says boss

Terry Duddy, Chief Executive of Home Retail Group, outlined the plans for a new-look Argos business:

We have also concluded a comprehensive business review of Argos which highlighted a clear opportunity to transform the business through increased investment in digital technologies.

The transformation plan aims to deliver growth by repositioning Argos as a digitally-led business from a catalogue-led business, leading the market growth of digital commerce through online, mobile and tablet, and offering customers more products with the fastest, most convenient fulfilment options.

This plan provides the right approach for Argos to achieve a long-term sustainable performance and profit recovery.

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