Opinion on Clothing, Footwear, Accessories and Luxury Goods in United Kingdom

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Matalan: trying its luck in financial services

A number of retailers are already active in the financial services sector, including Sainsbury's [SBRY.L] and Tesco [TSCO.L]. Now Matalan [MTN.L], the discount clothing retailer, has announced that it too will launch a range of financial services. The retailer is resisting claims that it may lose focus on its core business and is instead concentrating on making its new product range a success.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2003
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Atlantic: rolling out the welcome mat

Aggressive new entrant Atlantic Electric and Gas is seeking to continue its impressive growth rate by developing a partnership with Matalan [MTN.L], the clothing and homeware discount retailer. Through this and other partnerships, Atlantic hopes to expand its sales proposition among residential customers. Atlantic's tactics should prove successful in motivating customers to switch providers.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
13 Aug 2003
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Lush: never too busy to innovate

Adding to its existing high street stores, next month UK skin and hair care company Lush will test its new 'girlie' retail concept in London's Carnaby Street. Large industry players must keep an eye on the innovations made by their smaller rivals, which often need to have their finger closer to the pulse to maintain their market share.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Aug 2003
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Exel: clothing contract zipped up

Exel [EXL.L], the global supply chain management company, has been awarded a contract to provide a range of logistics services to Marks & Spencer's [MKS.L] childrenswear provider, The Zip Project. Fashion retailers are increasingly turning to logistics specialists like Exel to give them the competitive edge, by reducing costs and improving lead times.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2003
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A tough Christmas beckons for retailers, but the worst may already be over

There is no doubt that 2005 has been a dreadful year on the high street and as the festive season approaches, most retailers are extremely cautious about their prospects. However, while the economic news has been highly discouraging for those retailers awaiting an upturn in their fortunes, according to retail specialists Verdict there may soon be light at the end of the tunnel ...

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2005
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UK retail: cold snap brings hopes of Christmas cheer

John Lewis indicated that sales had surged in the past five weeks, providing hope that Christmas trading may be better than last year. The company's sales last week rose by 5.8 % to GBP62 million against a year ago. While the performance must be encouraging for John Lewis, its rivals must still be hopeful that the Christmas spirit cold weather engenders will drive consumers into the shops.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2005
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Speciality Retail Group/Gresham: the right man for menswear

Former Moss Bros chief executive Adrian Wright has led a private equity-backed buyout of the men's clothing chain the Speciality Retail Group in a deal said to be worth about GBP30 million. Given Wright's strong track record and retail discipline, hopes are high that the new management will be able to turn fortunes around at the specialist menswear company.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2005
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ASOS: increased spending must not perpetuate losses

Online clothes retailer ASOS has reported an interim loss of GBP120,000, despite reporting sales growth of 78%. Although the loss was a result of increased investment in new ranges and greater warehouse capacity in anticipation of the Christmas rush, the company will need to keep a tight rein on its processes to ensure costs do not escalate.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2005
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Primark: flying in the face of disaster

Primark has chartered a giant Antonov transport plane to fly in daily shipments of women's underwear from China after a fire at its warehouse in Leicestershire, UK. This solution to a potentially disastrous problem highlights why the retailer is enjoying so much success on the high street: a rapid response and creative thinking.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Dec 2005
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UK retail: car-free Oxford Street not just for Christmas?

Christmas shoppers heading for London's West End will enjoy a little respite from petrol fumes and overcrowded pavements on December 17, when Oxford Street closes to traffic. Indeed, a growing number of retailers believe that permanently freeing the street of traffic is the only way to make sure shoppers regard it as an attractive alternative to more pedestrian-friendly out-of-town destinations.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Dec 2005

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