Opinion on Supermarkets

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Ahold: trouble in the US ongoing

Ahold's strong Q4 trading in the Netherlands could not offset the losses incurred in the US, where long running underperformance continued, even though US like-for-like sales declines were clearly exacerbated by a weak dollar. This could prompt activist shareholders Centaurus and Paulson & Co to step up their pressure on the retailer to break up its operations.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2007
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Aldi celebrates 10 years in Australia

Since entering the Australian market in 2001, German discount retailer Aldi has experienced strong growth. Due to its extensive private label range, locally sourced products, and discount pricing, the company has now gained widespread acceptance, and is a key threat to Coles' and Woolworths' dominance of the Australian retail landscape.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2011
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Aldi: rise of the discounters

Aldi's ambitious five-year expansion plan could help it to achieve its long-term goal of 1,500 UK stores, as with a current store portfolio of just under 400 stores, its progress in the UK has been relatively unspectacular. Although major changes to the proposition have boosted sales and shopper numbers, it remains to be seen whether Aldi can become a significant player in the UK grocery market.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jun 2008
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Are UK consumers fully convinced by forecourt shops?

Given the rising top-up shopping trend, the UK's convenience retail industry is expanding rapidly. However, fuel retailers have not been able to fully exploit the opportunity, and their efforts thus far have been inadequate in changing consumers' unfavorable perceptions of forecourt shops.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2011
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Asda expansion plans should lead to strong growth in 2008

Asda had a highly successful 2007 as a result of making significant changes to its proposition, while maintaining and communicating its low-price credentials. The supermarket giant has now announced plans to add 22 stores and over 800,000 square feet of space during 2008. However, despite its aggressive expansion plans, it is still overshadowed by dominant rival Tesco.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2008
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Asda responds to consumer demand for quality with mid-tier re-launch

Following flagging like-for-like sales, Asda has announced the re-launch of its mid-tier own-brand offer under the Asda Chosen By You name, including 500 new and 1,000 reformulated products. Verdict believes that the grocer's initiative will help it appeal to those consumers looking to trade up, and will provide a solid foundation from which it can improve perceptions of its proposition's quality.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Sep 2010
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Asda: casting a wider Netto

Asda's GBP778 million acquisition of Netto's UK chain has the potential to provide an essential boost to the supermarket, which has shown the weakest performance of the Big Four grocers in 2010 thus far. In particular, this acquisition will help Asda to significantly expand its portfolio of smaller stores in an effort to exploit the rapidly growing convenience market.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jun 2010
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Asda: dressing to impress

George's upcoming range of clothing will be a substantial investment, with 1 million garments designed and produced in the UK - but as a proportion of George's total sales, which topped GBP2 billion last year, this is still a relatively minor gamble. The move is also in line with evolving consumer demands and should help to improve George's image.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2007
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Asda: exploring Sainsbury takeover

That Asda is sounding out the competition authorities regarding the potential for a Sainsbury takeover is not all that surprising given its growth outlook compared to Tesco's. While highly unlikely that Asda would be allowed to complete a takeover, if nothing else, the move provides an opportunity for the retailer to promote its competitive agenda.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2007
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Asda: focus on value drives growth

Asda delivered an impressive 12th successive quarter of market out-performance in Q1 2009, with like-for-like sales increasing by 8.4%. While Asda's strong price proposition is attractive to the current frugal consumer, therefore boosting growth, the retailer must continue to improve its quality perception to ensure that this performance is maintained in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2009

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