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Tesco: swapping Jersey for Zurich

Tesco has moved its online cut-price music & video business to Zurich after government pressure forced Jersey to crackdown on British retailers exploiting the VAT loophole to distribute CDs and DVDs tax free. However, this could be just a short-term win for Tesco as pressure from smaller retailers to close the loophole for good continues to escalate.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2007
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Digital downloading: unlocked download tracks the key to success

EMI's announcement that it is to remove Digital Rights Management software from premium digital downloads on iTunes should come as welcome news to retailers. DRM has done little to tackle the issue of piracy and, if anything, is acting as a bar on market growth.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2007
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WH Smith: new initiatives in hope of a sales revival

Despite a healthy uplift in profits as it delivers cost reductions ahead of target, WH Smith cannot continue to grow profits by this route indefinitely. The announcement that it is to open post offices in 70 high street stores and expand its travel business represents a significant development in strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2007
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Choices UK: bolder moves needed to help turnaround

Just 15 days after Choices UK released a positive set of interim results, the board has issued a profit warning due to poor Easter trading. The announcement illustrates that the retailer is still some way off the stability that it so badly craves.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2007
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Game Group: new products underpin performance

Game Group has reported a 24% rise in sales and a massive 400% increase in annual profits as it benefited from a strong market owing to recent hardware releases from Microsoft and Nintendo. Furthermore, with the PS3 launched in the first quarter of its new financial year, 2007/08 looks set to be another bright year for the retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2007
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Game: capitalizing further on the core gamer

Game's GBP74 million acquisition of Gamestation could prove a lucrative deal in light of recent hardware launches. Game's broad appeal has been buoyed by the success of Nintendo's Wii and DS Lite consoles and now, with Gamestation alongside, Game Group will be better positioned to capitalize on core gamers, who still account for the lion's share of the market.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2007
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Music & video: market decline takes its toll

News that HMV's full year profits were down by more than half follows recent reports of financial concerns at rival retailer Fopp, and the possibility of Virgin selling off more stores. In a sector that continues to be shaken by new competition and digital downloading, further turbulence for music and video retailers seems a certainty.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2007
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Amazon: powering ahead

Online retailer Amazon has reported that group sales rose 35% to $2.89 billion in the three months to 30 June 2007. This was accompanied by its operating margin more than doubling to 4.1%. With the slew of heavy investment now firmly behind it and a range of initiatives coming into place - including a digital music download platform - the future looks bright for Amazon.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2007
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HMV: growth opportunities through Fopp?

While the purchase of just six Fopp stores will do little to reverse HMV's flagging high street sales, careful reinvention of the Fopp brand online could provide a new platform for growth. It will be HMV's ability to retain Fopp's loyal customer base, while leveraging synergies between the two brands, that will enable it to better compete with rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2007
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WH Smith: expansion in a tough market

With WH Smith now on a firmer footing following investment in basic retail disciplines and shopkeeping standards, the retailer has expressed an interest in acquiring Borders. Though growth needs to take priority on WH Smith's agenda, going forward it must be careful not to take on too much debt and over expose itself to a market characterized by price deflation and thinning margins.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Aug 2007

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