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CommentWire
CommentWire

Sainsbury: plenty to play for

As well as reporting a 13th consecutive quarter of like-for-like growth, Sainsbury has entered into a property joint venture with British Land, paving the way for redevelopment at the majority of the 39 stores included in the deal.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Laura Ashley: expansion continues to drive sales growth

Laura Ashley's aggressive space expansion has resulted in respectable year-end results and strong profit growth. Although the performance of its clothing division was solid, furniture sales were more of a concern, with particularly poor like-for-like sales, as customers continued to steer away from big-ticket purchases.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
Expert View
Expert View

Primark: like-for-like sales hit by store expansions

Primark owner Associated British Foods has issued a trading update ahead of its full year results. Sales and profits are ahead at the value retailer, while like-for-like sales at established stores have been hurt by new store openings. The retailer must ensure expansion does not lead to neglect of its core proposition and the loss of its unique selling point.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Sep 2007
Expert View
Expert View

Ann Taylor Stores: disappointing Q2 offset by new concept plans

Ann Taylor Stores Corporation has reported a disappointing first half. Announcing second quarter results to August 4, 2007, the company revealed declining comparable store sales at both Ann Taylor (-3.4%) and Loft (-10.8%). These were offset by store openings and Internet sales, producing a 0.7% uplift overall. The company forecasts a better second half with a major growth opportunity in 2008.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Kingfisher: B&Q quits Korea

Although some will see Kingfisher's withdrawal from South Korea as evidence of the company reining in its international ambitions in the face of continuing challenges in its domestic markets, it should be viewed as a sensible strategic move that will allow Kingfisher to focus resources elsewhere in more lucrative Asian operations.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Ikea: opportunities in the electricals market

Ikea could be next in a long list of retailers to move into the electricals market after Anders Dahlvig, chief executive, said that the company is considering adding electricals to its iconic furniture. In light of electricals' positive market outlook, Ikea's brand strength and its vast store footprints, selling electricals could prove a sound move by Ikea.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2007
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Expert View

New PlayStation 3 hardware specification to drive future market growth

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced that the version of the PlayStation 3 to be launched in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia will use a new hardware specification. Sony also said that the issue of backwards compatibility with earlier PlayStation and PlayStation 2 titles remains. However, this should have a positive effect on the growth of the games console market.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

IT trends: the digital home

All the latest news from the computer industry appears to be centered on the digital home. According to all the pundits, we will be streaming, downloading, and storing data as never before. What is less clear is how much this will cost, and the ramifications it will have on the business consumer, as IT vendors see quick wins and large profit margins by focusing on the home consumer.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jan 2007
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Games consoles: Nintendo's DS to hold onto handhelds market

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2007

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