Opinion on Convenience Stores, Neighborhood Stores and Gas Stations in Europe

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Tesco/BP: superpower petrol

Tesco has bid for 30 of Wm Morrison stores on BP forecourts in a move that would see the UK supermarket giant expand its convenience store network. Although the buy could conflict somewhat with BP's forecourt deal with Marks & Spencer, Tesco is unlikely to be deterred: the chance to unite with one of the most high profile brands in fuel retail is an opportunity too good to miss.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2005
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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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Italian fuel retail: independents fear the hypermarket invasion

The liberalization of fuel retailing in Italy in November will herald the entrance of hypermarkets on the forecourt. Independent fuel retailers who fear being ousted on the basis of price are to protest by striking. However, despite their forebodings, their strikes will in all likelihood fail and this spells good news for the consumer.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2005
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Eastern European Retail: foreign chains rattle the small shopkeepers

The new Polish government of the conservative Law and Justice party has promised to examine the encroachment of hypermarkets into the country's retail sector. However, an element of political calculation is thought to be involved in this: while about 100,000 people are employed in large stores, the retail sector as a whole employs more than 2 million, mainly in small independent shops.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2005
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Neighborhood shops are the new retail winners

The arrival of the major grocers in the UK's small store arena is driving improved sector performance, with neighborhood shops growing sales per square foot faster than their high street or out-of-town rivals. To counter the threat posed by supermarket giants such as Tesco, smaller convenience stores need to improve their service offerings and position themselves as the hub of local communities.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2005
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UK retail: bargains drying up for private equity

According to the City law firm Eversheds, the appetite amongst private equity investors for involvement in the retail sector remains healthy, despite the general pessimism over retail sales from most quarters. However in the current low growth environment, the fast-return retail bargains of previous years are becoming increasingly few and far between.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jan 2006
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BRC figures positive, not indicative of retail recovery

Despite fears of a slowdown in sales on Britain's high streets, the British Retail Consortium has reported that total retail sales in December 2005 were 6% up on the year before, the best result for any month since May 2004. However these figures should be treated with some caution as they do not account for the myriad exceptional factors influencing Christmas trading this year.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2006
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Threshers: pinning hopes on franchise model

UK off-license chain Threshers intends to convert 600 profit-making stores into franchises. While the company hopes that the franchise model will enable it to compete against grocers more effectively, the retailer will now have to focus on helping individual stores to tailor their offers to respond effectively to local market conditions.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jan 2006
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Longer Sunday trading: independent retailers have bigger concerns

A report prepared by Verdict on behalf of lobby group Deregulate has concluded that independent stores will not suffer from further relaxation of Sunday trading laws. The main challenge facing independents will be the supermarkets' incursion into local markets, a trend largely unrelated to the extension of Sunday trading hours.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jan 2006
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UK fuel: Britain to build first bioethanol plant

The construction of Britain's first bioethanol plant represents the first step towards the establishment of a worthwhile domestic fuel industry. However the output generated by the plant will only be a proverbial drop in the ocean of total UK petrol consumption, and a mere fraction of the capacity needed to meet understated government targets.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jan 2006

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