Opinion on Retailing in South and Central America

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Record liquefied natural gas production, but downstream activities are being neglected

LNG production and exploration has increased significantly since 2010, with the top five global fuel retailers making it a major part of their future strategies. These companies have focused on upstream production of LNG, but are neglecting the retail distribution infrastructure and the relative lack of vehicle manufacturers that make natural-gas-powered vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2013
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Facebook "Wants" to strengthen its e-commerce credentials

Facebook has started trialing "Collections," its latest attempt at tapping into the e-commerce market. The service directs users to retailers' websites instead of acting as a sales channel, making this a more viable option than previous f-commerce attempts. However, such is the fickle world of Facebook that retailers should approach this new channel with a degree of skepticism.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2012
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Cencosud to expand further in lucrative Peruvian market

Like many of its Chilean rivals, Cencosud is focusing investment on Peru to help reduce its dependence on its mature domestic market. The Peruvian retail sector is appealing due to consumers' increased access to credit, high spending, and promising growth; however, Cencosud's existing grocery business must be refined if it is to remain a dominant player.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Oct 2011
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Deutsche Post DHL shifts its focus to the business-to-consumer distribution market

Deutsche Post DHL, having recently retreated from the domestic express market in the UK and France, is still very much focused on the business-to-customer channel. As more companies turn their attention towards this promising sector, this shift in the express market is creating a competitive playing field. Helping customers enhance their online presence will be key to consolidating market share.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2011
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Kingfisher: franchising scheme to lead to swift expansion

The UK-based Kingfisher is set to introduce a franchise model as part of its long-term growth plans, which are to be announced in the first quarter of 2011. This initiative will enable Kingfisher to expand quickly, reduce the impact of difficult trading conditions in the UK and increase its hold over the European market.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Oct 2010
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Carrefour faces tough competition in Brazil

Europe's largest grocer, Carrefour, has reported mixed financial results in H1 2010 across its different geographies. Total sales were E43.73 billion, a rise of 6% year-on-year, while net income rose from -E48m in H1 2009 to E67m. However, regional performance, particularly in Latin America, was less impressive, leading the company to take action.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2010
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LVMH: results indicate recovery in luxury consumption

Luxury group LVMH and other high-end companies have excited the market, having posted positive financial results for the first half of 2010. However, questions remain as to whether this is reflective of responsive business decisions or the fact that affluent customers lost less than the average consumer during the recession. Furthermore, it remains to be seen if this growth is truly sustainable.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Aug 2010
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E-commerce market in Latin America grows by 40% during 2009

According to a study conducted by AmericaEconomia Intelligence for Visa, e-commerce in Latin America experienced explosive growth of 39.2% during 2009, reaching a value of $21.7 billion. Given the generally poor standard of delivery networks in the region, there is an opportunity for integrators and logistics firms to make gains in the market by offering high-quality services.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jul 2010
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Hermes bags revenue growth in 2009

Despite trading conditions remaining tough, Hermes posted an 8.5% increase in revenue in 2009 due to extremely strong growth in the Asia Pacific region and its resilient product proposition, which caters well for current consumer trends. A continued focus on extending its store estate and lessening dependence on wholesale will see the retailer through what is expected to be another difficult year.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2010
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HNWs start spending again, or is it investing?

Tiffany has joined other luxury goods companies in declaring an improved performance in the last quarter of 2009. However, this apparent evidence that HNWs are beginning to feel more confident in the economy may in fact be more accurately attributed to investments in tangibles.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2010

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