Opinion on Retailing in United Kingdom

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Republic hit by weakened spending ability among 16-24s and intensified competition

The youth clothing brand has entered administration, which is a disappointing turn of events for a retailer that had been gaining clothing market share up until calendar year 2011, but highlights the changing young fashion landscape. If the administrator decides to keep the business going, it will have to re-examine Republic's approach to its target market.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2013
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Dixons can succeed as the last man standing

Over the course of 2012, a combination of squeezed consumer budgets, intense price competition, and showrooming has resulted in a once thriving high-street electricals sector being reduced to just one major player. The closure of Comet and Jessops means that the electricals market is now left with Dixons as the sole large specialist retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2013
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H&M's wide brand appeal makes it a standout performer

H&M has redefined what it means to be a value fashion retailer - providing basics for the masses, but also catering to more aspirational shoppers via its designer collaborations - which offers a real competitive advantage in such a mature market. The retailer could, however, bolster this position further.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2013
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Christmas trading: retailers must continue to develop online offerings to beat the showrooming trend

Christmas 2012's trading results are in, and the retail winners have clearly been those that have invested in innovative online operations. Nowhere has this been more obvious than in the clothing & footwear sector. Department stores have also thrived, as retailers have been investing in creating desirable shopping destinations and websites.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2013
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The horse meat scandal should spark supply chain evolution

Following the revelations of horse meat in frozen burgers, the scandal has escalated throughout Europe, with suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers all involved. This has highlighted the complexity of the supply chains used to get meat onto consumers' tables. Retailers must become more diligent and ensure traceability so shoppers know exactly what they are paying for and eating.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2013
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Luxury offerings by midmarket players drive department store premium spending

The premium sector of the UK department store market will account for 42.9% of total expenditure in 2017, equating to an additional GBP975m in the next five years, according to the Verdict report Department Store Retailing in the UK. This is being fueled by midmarket players moving towards more luxury products.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2013
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Department stores need to bolster their online services to exploit growing Internet sales

Verdict has revealed that more than GBP2.5bn of the UK's department store sales will come from online by 2017. As department store websites become more commonplace, delivery innovations such as annual subscriptions, click & collect, and m-commerce will become must-haves.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2013
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Morrisons needs to step up its efforts to expand into the convenience sector

UK grocery retailer Morrisons has been slow in launching its convenience format, with just 12 stores opened in 18 months. Despite being poised to open a new fulfillment center, and acquiring seven sites, the pace is still far too slow for its convenience proposition to be a success.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 2013
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Beauty sample boxes provide opportunities but should be approached with some caution

Consumers could reject monthly subscription beauty sample boxes for their initial high cost compared to a one-off inexpensive treat, or may end up relying on them, reducing store footfall. However, benefits such as a wider brand awareness and customer base, alongside a high profit margin, mean that retailers could bolster their position in a relatively stable market by adopting this tactic.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2013
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Member sites in homewares: not just a flash in the pan

The homewares sector can be difficult for a newcomer to break into. Price competition from specialists and non-specialists alike can prove to be a barrier to entry for smaller brands. However, the development of flash sale sites, in tandem with a recovery in consumer spending, will create communities of devoted shoppers, seeking out the best new unique product they can find.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2013

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