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Blacks Leisure: takeover speculation mounts

Mike Ashley, the owner of Sportsworld and Lillywhites is believed to be the mystery buyer of 12.5 million shares on October, 23, which would give him a 30% share in the outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Blacks, suggesting a future takeover bid. Black's weak trading makes the retailer a potential takeover target for a bidder prepared to tackle its failings.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Oct 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Blacks Leisure: still facing an uphill struggle

According to Blacks management, its vulnerability to unpredictable weather is consistently harming results. But, while the UK outdoor gear retailer does need to be more responsive to weather patterns, this is far from the worst of its problems.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Blacks Leisure: sales down, competition up

Blacks said the World Cup, dry weather and absence of the Glastonbury festival all contributed to its disappointing performance. Blacks should be in a good position as outdoor leisure is on an upward trend, but it will need to focus on making its stores a destination one-stop shop as the competition heats up.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Blacks Leisure: failing to face challenges

The decision by Blacks Leisure, owner of the UK hiking & camping fascias Blacks and Millets, to take the axe to 45 stores in a bid to cut costs, is a sensible one. However, these closures could have been avoided had Blacks taken earlier action to address the fundamental challenges it faces.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Blacks Leisure: a mountain to climb

Blacks has blamed climate change for its lackluster performance - but this masks intensifying competition, management complacency and an over-reliance on the weather to dictate the company's fortunes. Although a number of initiatives have already been introduced to bolster the business, the management has more bases to cover if Blacks is to flourish in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
04 May 2007
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Expert View

BlackBerry to make payments debut in Indonesia

BlackBerry's piloting of its new BBM Money P2P mobile payments service in Indonesia is a strategic move by the smartphone developer to tap into the growing popularity of mobile payment services ahead of its competitors. It also highlights a significant opportunity for the company to strengthen its declining market share in several countries.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2013
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Black Friday: aftermath will show true colors

Early figures released indicate a 6% rise in sales on Black Friday, which is a good start to the Christmas shopping season. Although analysts are cautious, as they are each year around this time, the momentum built should lead to a successful Christmas for US retailers.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Nov 2006
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Black Friday highlights strength of online commerce

This year's Black Friday, the discount shopping "holiday," has highlighted that there is still more that can be done to support the growing online market.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Dec 2014
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BitPesa highlights specialization trend in P2P

BitPesa shows how new technology is enabling small companies to build specialized payments services that will disrupt the generalist incumbents.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2015
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Bitcoin faces growing regulation

With controls being placed on capital outflows in beleaguered Cyprus, Bitcoin is gaining in terms of both value and media attention as many begin to wonder if the unregulated peer-to-peer "cryptocurrency" is the answer to government-backed asset grabs and capital controls. However, with the currency growing in value, the regulatory noose on Bitcoin may be tighter than many think.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2013

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