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Amazon and eBay: net gains and losses

Amazon and eBay have reported contrasting sets of results, with Amazon enjoying a 14.5% sales uplift in the three months to June 30, 2009 while eBay's marketplace sector reported a 14.0% decline for the same period. With eBay set to continue shifting its offer away from auctions towards fixed price items, it has to strike a balance between its new strategy and keeping its core smaller businesses.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2009
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Amazon.com: growth at a cost

Amazon.com has reported fourth quarter sales of $3.99 billion, up significantly on the $2.98 billion it achieved a year previously. Although revenue growth continues to be fast despite Amazon's large size and relative maturity, profits are a different story. Fourth quarter earnings remain low, falling by half to $98 million, and margins are likely to stay low for the foreseeable future.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2007
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Amazon: powering ahead

Online retailer Amazon has reported that group sales rose 35% to $2.89 billion in the three months to 30 June 2007. This was accompanied by its operating margin more than doubling to 4.1%. With the slew of heavy investment now firmly behind it and a range of initiatives coming into place - including a digital music download platform - the future looks bright for Amazon.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2007
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Amazon: solid Q1 performance

US e-tailer Amazon has reported robust uplifts in both sales, and crucially, profits in the three months to March 31. Both its domestic and international divisions delivered sound performances - shrugging off fears of declining consumer confidence. As the benefits of its recent move into new product areas filter through, the recovery of Amazon's bottom line is set to continue.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2007
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Amazon: time to grow up

Amazon's net income fell 43% to $199 million in the fourth quarter, despite a 20% rise in sales. As a maturing business, Amazon needs to strengthen its initiatives on maintaining and boosting margins or lose out to heightened competition in the online arena.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2006
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Armani: new e-store marks another missed opportunity in luxury e-commerce

Giorgio Armani has launched an e-shop at Armani.com, offering delivery to 27 countries in Europe, plus Hong Kong, China, Japan, the US, and Canada. Having developed the e-shop with third-party provider Yoox, the Italian fashion retailer has revealed a rather unimpressive proposition, and becomes the latest entry to a long list of luxury houses taking a rather half-hearted approach to e-commerce.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2011
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ASOS: impressive results as online goes from strength to strength

ASOS has reported strong sales uplifts in its 2009-10 financial year and, although sales growth has slowed, results are still very positive, reflecting ASOS' investment in improving its customer service. Furthermore, the online retailer still has many opportunities to expand, with growing its international operations a central part of this goal.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2010
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Aurora Fashions unveils encouraging performance in its first financial update

Aurora Fashions, the clothing retailer behind womenswear brands Coast, Karen Millen, Oasis and Warehouse, has reported a positive start to its first 11 months. The group has managed to consolidate its operations and reduce its net debt, while investment in new stores and multi-channel developments have created a strong platform on which to expand.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2010
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Best Buy: Napster is its best buy

US electricals retailer Best Buy has purchased Napster for GBP67.5 million as part of a strategy to expand its online presence and reach new customers. By enhancing its digital music offer, Best Buy can exploit the synergies with partner Carphone Warehouse to take advantage of the growth potential of the mobile music download market, while mounting a serious challenge to the supremacy of iTunes.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Sep 2008
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Cautious consumer holiday spending amid economic recovery

While the 2008 holiday season was marked by the global economic slowdown, declining real estate valuations, inflation and weak employment levels, the retail sector is more positive about this holiday season due to signs of global economic recovery. Despite increased confidence, however, it remains unlikely that consumers will increase their spending levels drastically this winter.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Nov 2009

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