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Tesco: multi-channel expansion is bad news for rivals

Following its relatively soft launch, the announcement of Tesco Direct's expansion comes as a warning sign to UK non-food specialists. As the retailer increases its authority across almost every non-food category, there will be few retailers shielded from Tesco's assault.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2007
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CommentWire

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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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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Tower Records: crumbling under the competition

US music & video retailer Tower Records has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in two years. MTS, the owner of Tower Records, has estimated debts of $89 million and continued competition from grocers and the internet makes the chain's future look bleak.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Aug 2006
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CommentWire

UK cards: P-day passes without incident but issues remain

Another important milestone in the UK's migration to EMV was passed on February 14 without incident. As the dust settles on P-day, the early indications are that the switch-off of the magnetic stripe bypass has proceeded without any sign of the disaster predicted by some in the mainstream press. While there remains some work for the industry to do, the full rollout of EMV is progressing well.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2006
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UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2013: why the sector winners stand out

John Lewis may have been the leading name in the roll call of winners at last week's Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards, but the Verdict poll of 5,900 consumers also revealed the winning retailers within individual sectors. Verdict's analysts give their insight into why these retailers stood out to their customers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2013
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UK retail: bargains drying up for private equity

According to the City law firm Eversheds, the appetite amongst private equity investors for involvement in the retail sector remains healthy, despite the general pessimism over retail sales from most quarters. However in the current low growth environment, the fast-return retail bargains of previous years are becoming increasingly few and far between.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jan 2006
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UK retail: car-free Oxford Street not just for Christmas?

Christmas shoppers heading for London's West End will enjoy a little respite from petrol fumes and overcrowded pavements on December 17, when Oxford Street closes to traffic. Indeed, a growing number of retailers believe that permanently freeing the street of traffic is the only way to make sure shoppers regard it as an attractive alternative to more pedestrian-friendly out-of-town destinations.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Dec 2005
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UK retail: cold snap brings hopes of Christmas cheer

John Lewis indicated that sales had surged in the past five weeks, providing hope that Christmas trading may be better than last year. The company's sales last week rose by 5.8 % to GBP62 million against a year ago. While the performance must be encouraging for John Lewis, its rivals must still be hopeful that the Christmas spirit cold weather engenders will drive consumers into the shops.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2005
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UK retail: competition authority must think of consumers' best interests

The Women's Institute is lobbying the UK Competition Commission to scrutinize all food retailers with a market share above 1%. However, while the WI's motivation may be positive, consumers are clearly keen on the benefits that supermarkets can bring and their wishes should not be ignored.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2006

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