Opinion on Home Furniture and Housewares in Europe

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MFI: no choice but to sell

MFI has endured a torrid year and its latest disappointing results prove that the retailer will need to take drastic measures to turn the business around. It is likely that the retail arm could be sold to one of three private equity firms that are currently circling the beleaguered retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Land of Leather: showing its resilience in difficult times

The specialist retailer said that in the four month period like-for-like sales were up 5.7%, demonstrating its ability to ride out the tough conditions plaguing the UK retail environment. However, this sales growth is likely to slow down as Land of Leather reaches maturity and the competition heats up.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Aug 2006
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CommentWire

Ilva: raising expectations

On August 3, 2006, Ilva finally opened its first UK store near London after a series of delays and an unprecedented level of anticipation from competitors and customers alike. With its compelling product, solid price architecture and a store environment that sets new standards in the industry, Ilva is the most significant event in UK furniture retailing since the launch of Ikea.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2006
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CommentWire

Carpetright: rent relief

Carpetright's admission that rental inflation is beginning to slow is good news for the retailer but it does not necessarily mean that all retailers are likely to experience the same trend during the coming months. The majority of Carpetright's stores are located in bulky goods retail parks and it is here that that rental cost inflation is likely to slow, and not on prime retail park sites.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2006
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Expert View

Tesco set to take crown as UK's largest non-food retailer

By the end of 2006, Tesco will not only be UK's biggest food retailer, it will also claim the crown as UK's largest non-food retailer. According to Verdict Research, Tesco will increase the pace of its non-food sales growth in 2006, thrusting it ahead of former non-food king ARG, owner of Argos and Homebase.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2006
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MFI: new start for retail arm, but tough times still to come

MFI's retail division has been one of the most high profile casualties of the furniture sector having suffered from a relentless slide in sales and persistently weak margins. Merchant Equity Partners should give the retail chain a fresh start with new management, taking an ax to its store portfolio and reduce the company's high cost base, but this will be no easy task.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2006
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UK retail sales: volume down, but value up

New data from the UK's Office of National Statistics reveals that the value of retail sales in July was up 3.4% year-on-year. This data should be interpreted positively, but a media focus on month-on-month volume trends means it is unlikely to be.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2006
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CommentWire

Homestyle: rocky road lies ahead

Despite its recent loss-making performance, Homestyle has made significant progress over the past year. Although results should continue to improve, the tough conditions of the UK furniture market alongside heightened competition will present challenges for Homestyle and it is likely to face difficult times ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2006
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CommentWire

Dunelm: set to take off

Home furnishings group Dunelm is one of the UK's fastest growing homewares retailers. The company's London Stock Exchange listing in October 2006 will enable the retailer to double its existing store portfolio and take the brand to the South of England, where it is has minimal coverage.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Sep 2006
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Expert View

MFI: new owners face a tough challenge

Venture capitalist group Merchant Equity Partners has agreed to buy MFI's retail operations, intending to turn round the ailing furniture retailer and sell it on for up to GBP500 million in five years. Although an ambitious target, the heavyweight team assembled by MFI means it may just be able to pull it off.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Sep 2006

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