Opinion on Retailing in United Kingdom

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Nutmeg adds flavor to Morrisons non-food range

Morrisons' launch of its own brand childrenswear range, Nutmeg, will see all the Big Four supermarkets selling clothing for the first time, further heightening their rivalry. Tesco and Asda are stalwarts in the market, and Sainsbury's offer is achieving impressive growth, so Morrisons' late entry means it will need to work hard to make an impact.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2013
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French Connection: the issues and the remedies

French Connection's tumbling sales and weakening market share have become a subject of debate at Verdict Retail and across the UK clothing industry over the last year, making it one to watch in 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2013
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Trinity Leeds shopping center will boost city's retail outlook

Retail development Trinity Leeds, developed by Land Securities, opened its doors on 21 March 2013 with more than 70 retailers ready for business. The development is set to revitalize retail in Leeds, with more than 40 big names coming to the city for the first time.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Mar 2013
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Verdict View: Budget 2013

Verdict reviews the implications of the 2013 Budget from UK chancellor George Osborne. Consumers will welcome the scrapping of the fuel duty rise and increases to personal tax allowances, although it is debatable how much benefit these will offer consumers and retailers amid rising food and energy prices. The ongoing debate around the freezing of business rates was swept aside by the chancellor.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Mar 2013
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Ocado partnership would help Morrisons to catch up with online rivals

Ever-cautious UK grocer Morrisons has finally made a commitment to launch into online grocery retail by January 2014. Furthermore, it has announced talks with pureplay grocer Ocado to share intellectual property and operating knowledge. While the Ocado model might not be a panacea for Morrisons, it at least allows it to enter a channel that it has been careful to avoid for several years.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2013
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H&M's & Other Stories is expected to draw in more affluent consumers

H&M's new fascia & Other Stories has opened on London's Regent Street as the retailer continues to invest in a multi-brand strategy to better compete with Inditex. The fascia cements H&M's fashion-forward stance, but widens its pricing architecture away from the value end of the market - attracting shoppers with higher disposable incomes or those who want to trade up for added value.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2013
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Dreams wakes up to brighter future with Sun

Sun European Partners has acquired Dreams for GBP35m in a pre-pack administration deal, with plans to keep 171 of its 264 stores. This deal marks the end of what has been a very turbulent period for the retailer and gives it a platform from which to drive sales growth again.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2013
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Sports Direct's Mike Ashley buys Republic, with more fashion acquisitions expected

Sports Direct's successful bid offers majority owner Mike Ashley the opportunity to diversify and grow the business beyond the sports sector. Acquiring fashion-focused brands and retailers is a quick way of doing this, and is cost-effective when they are cheap.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2013
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Mango's new accessories store must emphasize quality to succeed in UK market

Mango's first standalone accessories store in the UK, Mango Touch, opened on February 28. While the retailer believes that there is sufficient demand for its products to warrant a standalone store, it is venturing into a particularly difficult market where few specialists prosper and non-specialists have previously failed with similar formats.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Feb 2013
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Fuel retailers use loyalty promotions to highlight their non-fuel products and services

In February, two major fuel retailers launched promotions in an attempt to generate loyalty and promote higher margin, non-fuel products and services. However, with a recent Verdict survey indicating that European motorists are more concerned about fuel prices and service station location and less about brand loyalty, retailers will find it difficult to make customers interested in such schemes.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2013

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