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Social media: US department stores reap the rewards

Department stores are leading the way in terms of e-commerce, m-commerce, and social media, according to a recent survey. This has allowed them to boost their top lines after years of declining sales, while also capturing the attention of younger target consumer segments. Verdict believes that comprehensive digital strategies such as these would benefit luxury and specialist retailers alike.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Aug 2011
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Esprit: shareholders lose confidence in the company

Global fashion retailer Esprit's share price has slumped to a nine year low following the announcement of its latest financial results and its strategy for recovery, suggesting a lack of confidence among investors. Verdict believes the steps outlined by Esprit are necessary for the company to rebuild its profit margins, but it remains to be seen whether its efforts will prove successful.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2011
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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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Sears: store closures alone cannot halt the retail giant's decline

Sears has been unable to take advantage of increased consumer spending in the run up to Christmas, and has posted a decline in same-store sales. While the company has proposed store closures to minimize costs, its continued diminishing sales highlight more fundamental issues with its proposition, which need to be resolved swiftly before losing more customers and market share to competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2012
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Nordstrom's strong customer service boosts sales amid a challenging US market

Luxury department store operator Nordstrom has reported 12.7% revenue growth in FY2012, outperforming other US department stores Macy's, Kohl's, and Dillard's. While the economic difficulties in the US market have heavily impacted other players, such as Sears and JCPenney, Nordstrom has bounced back from a poor FY2009, having benefitted from demand for high quality luxury goods.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2012
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Can increased prices save US electricals stores?

In an effort to maintain brand perception and boost electricals specialists, a number of electricals manufacturers are to enforce a unilateral pricing policy in the US, whereby online retailers will have to charge the same minimum prices as bricks and mortar retailers. However, in a delicate economy, price rises are unlikely to be accepted warmly.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2012
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Boots: Walgreens deal should strengthen the UK retailer's international presence

In a move aimed at turning the company into a truly global business, Alliance Boots has struck a partnership with US pharmacy Walgreens. Initially Walgreens will invest $6.7bn in cash and stock, which will give the company a 45% stake in Alliance Boots. The deal is planned to go through by September 2012, with an option for Walgreens to buy the remaining 55% in three years' time.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2012
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Topshop's South African expansion highlights potential of market

With growth slowing in more mature markets, Arcadia is set to launch Topshop/Topman franchise stores in Johannesburg and Durban later this year demonstrating the attractiveness of the country and the market entry potential for other UK clothing brands.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2012
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Blue Inc looks east as international expansion gains momentum

Value clothing retailer Blue Inc, with financial backing from its new chairman Sir Stuart Rose and high-profile investors the Reuben Brothers, plans to expand its international presence. The retailer, which already has a growing online operation in the US, Russia, and the Baltic and other Eastern European states, plans to open stores in Ukraine, Latvia, and Lithuania later this year.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2012
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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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