Opinion on Retailing in Middle East and Africa

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Qatari investment could be the solution to secure House of Fraser's future

The Qatari Investment Authority, owner of Harrods, is the latest party to consider acquiring UK department store chain House of Fraser, a deal that would provide the retailer with the investment that its outdated stores and brands desperately need.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2013
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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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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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Tesco: looking to make headway in Turkey as GDP per capita continues to soar

Retail giant Tesco aims to increase its store base in Turkey by nearly 50% in 2011, a significant rise in its rate of expansion. The move will help Tesco keep pace with its global competitors and capitalize on increasingly favorable market conditions, as well as open doors to potential entry into the Middle East and Africa, making Tesco a truly global retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2011
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Australia: two of the country's largest grocery retailers found guilty of "local washing"

Woolworths and Coles, the "big two" in Australian grocery retailing, have been named, shamed, and fined for incorrectly labeling imported produce as "local." While Australians are generally keen to support their local community, violations such as these threaten to weaken the local movement. At a time when rising food prices are already putting pressure on local offerings, authenticity is key.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2011
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Waitrose is extending its international brand reach with new stores and increasing exports

Waitrose has expanded its store portfolio with outlet openings in Jersey and Bahrain during February, with four further Channel Islands stores soon to follow. Meanwhile, the retailer will continue to extend its brand equity in 2011 through the distribution of its own brand products in the US and Canada, as it maintains a two-pronged international development strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 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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Marks & Spencer set to enter Egyptian retail market

As part of efforts to increase its global sales, Marks & Spencer is due to enter Egypt, with plans to open two stores in Cairo over the next two years in conjunction with the Al Futtaim Group. With growth forecast in the clothing sector and investment in shopping centers increasing, Egypt is a solid destination for the retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Aug 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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