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HMV: seasonal cheer

In the five weeks to January 5 2008, HMV Group achieved total growth of 9.9% with like-for-like growth of 9.4%, with improvements at both its entertainment and books retailing fascias. While this result suggests that headway is being made in turning the business around, HMV still faces fundamental challenges as demand for entertainment products shifts online and consumers expect lower prices.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jan 2008
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The Works: book retailer's demise should not surprise

Discount books specialist The Works has been forced into administration after its banker HSBC pulled the plug on the 317 store business. However, this should come as no surprise; competing with retailers that offered a broader choice of titles and more convenient locations in a slow growth market, The Works's survival has looked precarious for some time.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2008
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Douglas Group: success from strong perfume sales

Douglas Group, Europe's leading lifestyle brands retailer, has reported a 5.6% increase in sales for Q1 of its 2007/08 financial year. From October 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007, sales amounted to E1,078.1 million, a like-for-like increase of 1.6%. While Douglas Group's strongest growth came from its international perfumery divisions, future growth lies in further developing its foreign operations.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 2008
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Woolworths faces fundamental challenges despite return to profit

After disastrous results a year ago, it was imperative that Woolworths returned its core retail business to profit. However, while Woolworths met this target; it did so by the narrowest of margins. Looking ahead, there is considerable scope for Woolworths to improve margins further, although turnover is set to shrink as the retailer downsizes and relocates stores.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2008
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Zavvi: facing challenges ahead

In recent years, Virgin Megastores, or Zavvi as it is now known, has struggled to break even. While the retailer has worked hard to improve profitability, continued price deflation and rising fixed costs have made this extremely difficult to achieve. Furthermore, with the music market in decline, growing the top line has also proved to be a challenge for Zavvi.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2008
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Liberalization set to revolutionize French retailing

France's strict retail regulations and global food price inflation have led to a public outcry over purchasing power levels and high average basket costs. As a result, Verdict Research believes that some form of liberalization is on its way. This could lead to dramatic changes in the French retailing landscape, which remains more fragmented than the EU average due to its legislative environment.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2008
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WHSmith's travel sales continue to bolster profits

WHSmith has improved its profitability, with group pre-tax profits up 8% to GBP64 million for the six months ending February 29, 2008. However, although sales at travel stores were up 1% on a like-for-like basis, high street sales fell by 3%, indicating that the fault line between the two businesses is widening. Although growth prospects are better in travel, the high street must not be neglected.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2008
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Game: new consoles deliver impressive performance

In contrast to the prevailing mood of gloom on the high street, Game Group has capitalized on the boom in gaming to deliver some truly impressive results. Looking ahead, there are plenty of reasons for optimism about Game's future performance.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2008
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WHSmith: considering Paperchase purchase

Following Borders's decision to put stationary retailer Paperchase up for sale for around GBP50 million in order to re-focus on its core category, WHSmith has demonstrated an interest. The potential purchase would be the latest of a number of acquisitions by the business as it aims to turn its fortunes around and re-define itself.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2008
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Woolworths: online is the future

Following Tesco and Asda's recent announcements that they are to stop stocking CD singles, Woolworths has revealed that it will also stop selling CD singles in its remaining 400 stores that stock them. The retailer's announcement not only signifies another nail in the coffin of the physical single, but also another escalation in an increasingly fierce digital-download market.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2008

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