Dixons Online was given a facelift, taking web customers further into the future of customer technology. New e-commerce sites were launched including PC World Business Direct and PC World Software.
The Group acquired Byte Computer Superstores Ltd with 16 retail outlets.
The Group also continued its commitment to New Deal, announcing plans to take on a further 100 employees from the scheme. In July, the Group took on its first New Deal trainee in Scotland.
At the year end, the Group announced full year pre-tax profits of £217.6 million and plans to open more than 100 new stores in 1998/99 creating around 2,000 additional jobs.
Currys became the first electrical retailer to stock Plasma Flat TVs in widescreen format. Later in the year, Currys and Dixons were among the first retailers to sell Integrated Digital TVs.
In September, the Group launched Freeserve, the UK's first fully-featured internet service available free with no registration or subscription fees.