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Kesa: sales improvements driven by Darty

Electricals retailer Kesa has seen solid revenue growth in H1, with an uplift in both retail profits and margins. While Darty remains the strongest performer of the group, its Comet brand continues to flounder. Consequently, Kesa has accelerated the rollout of the Darty concept across its European stores, and is investing the bulk of its capital expenditure in further boosting the brand.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Dec 2010
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DSG International: withdrawing from Central Europe?

Due to the weakening electricals market in Central Europe, DSGi could be considering the disposal of a significant number of its Electro World stores, with its Slovakian competitor NAY a possible prime candidate to buy the sites. As well as benefitting NAY, the sale would shore up DSGi's position in stronger markets and lower its costs.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2009
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DSGi: developments sound, growth improbable

UK electricals group DSGi is fighting back against the downturn, refurbishing 60 of its 570 UK stores, trialing new format outlets and taking steps to improve customer service. These moves have so far produced strong results and Best Buy's now delayed arrival on the UK market has been a further boost to the beleaguered retailer, but DSGi's future remains uncertain despite these successes.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2009
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CommentWire

DSGi: showing signs of strength amid tough times

In the 53 weeks ending May 3, DSGi's like-for-likes grew just 1% and the group posted a net loss of GBP259.7 million, despite an increase of 8% in total group sales. These results appear even more worrying considering that market conditions have continued to deteriorate. However, strong online sales and the growth of the 'TechGuys' service will both provide a balance to the wider negatives.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2008
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CommentWire

Kesa Electricals: bracing itself for the future

Kesa's revenue grew by 14.0% to GBP4.5 billion in the year to April 31, 2008, while retail profit reached GBP141.3 million, an increase of 3.1% on 2007. Although Kesa is tightening operating costs and reducing capital investment as it prepares for tougher market conditions, it must continue to enhance and expand its brands, or risk losing market share.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2008
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e-retail continues to defy consumer downturn

According to a new report published by Verdict Research, e-retail shows no sign of succumbing to the economic downturn. Yet despite some degree of cannibalization, physical shopping is far from doomed. While an internet presence is vital, giving the consumer choice by establishing strong links between in-store and online offers is essential.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2008
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DSGi unveils radical business overhaul

DSGi has announced its financial results for the 53 weeks to May 3, 2008, during which period it achieved 8% growth in total group sales but only a 1% gain in like-for-like sales. Furthermore, gross margins across the group were down on a like-for-like basis by 0.7%. As a result the electricals specialist has outlined a far-reaching business review that is designed to turn the ailing group around.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2008
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Spanish retail's long-term prospects outweigh current slump

The phase of Spain being one of the EU's fastest growing retail markets has come to an end. Consumer confidence is falling sharply, and borrowing, which fuelled the consumer boom, has become much harder to secure in the current credit crunch. However, there are a number of long-term prospects in the market's underdeveloped and fledgling sectors which offer prime growth opportunities.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2008
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Best Buy joins forces with Carphone Warehouse

US electricals retailer Best Buy has bought a 50% stake in Carphone Warehouse's retail business. While Verdict Research believes that there is an opportunity for Best Buy to succeed, success is by no means assured in what is an extremely competitive marketplace.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2008
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Home Retail Group candid about tough times ahead

The Home Retail Group has announced a cautious set of results, with a set of robust figures from Argos undermined by disappointing sales at Homebase and the threat of rising costs. In the short-term at least, the group hinted that it expects things to get worse before they get better, pointing to an underperformance in the second half of last year as a warning for the future.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2008

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