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PCR top stories of the week

We take a look at some of the top stories on PCR this week, including rogue PC repairers and Comet’s demise.

Comet owner stands to make millions from liquidation

The US financier who bought Comet for just £2 is set to make millions from its liquidation.

According to an angry article in the Daily Mail, because Henry Jackson and his company OpCapita are secured investors, he is entitled to a significant proportion of the liquidation sales.

Costco launches UK ecommerce site

Wholesaler Costco has launched its ecommerce site within the UK and is open to both members and non-members.

The website, which launched two weeks ago, complements the retailer’s 22 warehouses across the UK by offering a wider range of products.

Damaged goods: The real impact of rogue PC repairers

We all know that exposés of poor computer repairs by consumer campaigners lower customer confidence and damage reputations. But what can or should be done about it?

PCR reported last month that TV programme Watchdog investigated a computer repair outfit following a series of customer complaints.

Since then, it’s become clear that the effects of that show have hit some businesses very hard.

PC World and Currys to offer Comet staff up to 2,000 jobs over Christmas

Sebastian James, group CEO of Dixons Retail, has told Radio 5 Live that the firm hopes to offer Comet staff around 2,000 jobs over Christmas.

Comet, which went into administration last week, is currently still trading, but its 7,000 employees all risk losing their jobs before the holidays.

Microsoft to replace Windows Live Messenger with Skype

Microsoft has announced that the Windows Live Messenger brand and client will be retired in Q1 2013.

18 months after Microsoft revealed it was to acquire Skype for £5.3bn, the firm announced that Windows Live Messenger will be replaced with Skype’s messaging tool.

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