Opinion on Electricals and Electronics in Middle East and Africa

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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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HRG: spreading the risk

The benefits of a multi-channel, multi-fascia retail business were shown when the UK's HRG reported contrasting fortunes for its two retail brands, Homebase and Argos, over the last quarter. While there is a certain amount of crossover between the two businesses, each one's different focus helps insulate the group from poorly performing markets.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Sep 2007
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Kesa: three-pronged strategy may drive future growth

Kesa Electricals' trading update on its full year to April 30, 2009 reveals that like-for-like sales across its electricals business fell by 6.2%. Total sales increased by 9.8% but, over the same period, profit declined by 45.5%. In a bid to reverse this trend, the group has revealed more details of its three-pronged plan to re-shape its portfolio.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2009
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Metro Group: negative currency effects and deflationary trends in food hurt sales

Cost-cutting measures helped German retail conglomerate Metro Group to achieve stable EBIT for the third quarter, despite a 4.6% drop in group sales to E15.6 billion caused primarily by declining food inflation and negative currency effects in Eastern Europe. While the rest of the year will remain challenging, growth in international markets will provide a further boost to sales.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Nov 2009
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PPR: outstanding 2007 performance

French group PPR achieved strong growth in 2007; overall revenues grew by 16.1% to E19.8 billion, or 7% on a like-for-like basis. As the group's 2007 operations were impacted upon by the acquisition and integration of Puma, it is clear that the company has not taken its eyes off the ball. Although PPR's future outlook is broadly positive, worries remain about Conforama and Redcats.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2008
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CommentWire

Syrian economy: liberalization offers new retail opportunities

Until last year, the Syrian retail sector lacked big malls and associated hypermarket chains because the importation of foreign consumer goods and electronic items was banned. However, the Syrian government has gradually liberalized import restrictions and many foreign goods have been removed from the list of banned items, leading a number of Gulf retail groups to consider entering the country.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2009
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Tesco: losing share but riding high

Tesco is comfortably riding out the challenging trading conditions facing UK retailing, recording pre-tax profits of GBP2.95 billion for the 52 weeks to February 28. Although exposure to non-food and the impact of its Discounter brand have dented sales growth, the supermarket's international credentials and ability to diversify into new markets will see it continue to prove a formidable retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Apr 2009

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