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The Sun's celebrity-culture perfume will enjoy 15 minutes of fame

British tabloid The Sun has announced that it is to launch its first brand of perfume, called Buzz. The product has been created by fragrance specialist Roja Dove, and will initially be sold in high-end London department store Harrods. Although the fragrance targets the strong celebrity culture in the UK, it could struggle to make an impact on both luxury-seeking and value-conscious consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Sep 2010
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The UK government must fight to restore consumer confidence

According to new Datamonitor research, 83% of the UK population blames the banking industry for the credit crunch and the economic downturn. More surprisingly, almost as many consumers place the blame on the government and financial regulators. Judging from these data, whoever wins the next election will face an unprecedented crisis of consumer confidence.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2009
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Thorntons: a sales boost comes but once a year

A poor UK retail environment has been blamed for the dip in sales in Thorntons' latest trading update. With own-store sales down by 4.4% and sales through the major food retailers slowing, the company should aim to make the most of the coming Christmas period and continue to leverage the position of its products as 'everyday' luxury confectionery brands.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Oct 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Thorntons: Burdon quits as profits slump

Thorntons' strategy needs overhauling. While sales via grocers are growing strongly, the company's high street shops and franchise operations continue to disappoint - despite numerous initiatives designed to improve their performance. Turning these shops around will be essential for delivering an enduring recovery at the business.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Sep 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Thorntons: business is less than sweet in the downturn

Despite achieving strong results in fiscal 2008, Thorntons is struggling to cope under the pressures of the downturn, reporting falling profits in its most recent half-year results. The company will need to work hard to convince shoppers that its products are affordable luxuries that are worth indulging in during harder times.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Thorntons: chocolates and a coffee to go

Published By Datamonitor
20 Sep 2001
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Thorntons: chocs away

Thorntons has announced a robust set of figures for its year to June 27, 2009, with total sales up by 3.2%. While this is a credible performance by the retailer, it must continue to produce innovative products and compelling offers that will drive footfall into its own stores if it is to continue growing next year.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Thorntons: getting rid of the bad taste

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2001
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CommentWire

Thorntons: hoping for some festive cheer

Published By Datamonitor
14 Dec 2000
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CommentWire

Thorntons: sweet results for chocolate specialist

Thorntons has made a great deal of progress over the last two years, when a plunge in profits forced the departure of the then chief executive Peter Burdon. Results for the year to June 28, 2008 demonstrate the effective execution of a shrewd turnaround plan, overseen by chairman and veteran retail investor Jon von Spreckelsen, and CEO Mike Davis, formerly of Mars.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2008

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