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A tough Christmas beckons for retailers, but the worst may already be over

There is no doubt that 2005 has been a dreadful year on the high street and as the festive season approaches, most retailers are extremely cautious about their prospects. However, while the economic news has been highly discouraging for those retailers awaiting an upturn in their fortunes, according to retail specialists Verdict there may soon be light at the end of the tunnel ...

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2005
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Accessories still a must-have market

Accessories are less price sensitive than clothing, occupy less square footage and so offer a higher sales density. It is therefore unsurprising that the sector is becoming increasingly competitive as a growing number of retailers look to make their mark. A new report from Verdict Research explains how retailers can maximize their presence in the UK fashion accessories market...

Published By Datamonitor
09 Mar 2006
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Baugur: hits the iceberg

Icelandic investment group Baugur has fallen into administration, casting doubts on the future ownership of much of the UK high street. While there are likely to be opportunities for rival investors and retailers to pick up stakes in some highly covetable assets - other fascias will prove much harder to sell.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2009
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BRC figures positive, not indicative of retail recovery

Despite fears of a slowdown in sales on Britain's high streets, the British Retail Consortium has reported that total retail sales in December 2005 were 6% up on the year before, the best result for any month since May 2004. However these figures should be treated with some caution as they do not account for the myriad exceptional factors influencing Christmas trading this year.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2006
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Bulgari: net profit collapses

Following a weak end to 2008, when turnover fell by 9.7%, Bulgari is likely to reveal a net loss for Q1 2009, as the global luxury jewelry market contracts in the wake of current economic turbulence. Moreover, as a general economic recovery seems unlikely, the outlook for 2009 remains bleak.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2009
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Claire's Stores: new strategies for growth

Claire's Stores's full-year results were disappointing, despite an increase in sales. A sharp year-on-year decline in Q4, particularly in North America, was attributed to the difficult economic environment in the US and a decline in same store sales. However, the implementation of new strategies should deliver improved performance in the latter half of fiscal 2009, boosted by expansion in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2008
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Claire's: a jewel for investors?

In the ten months ended November 2006, total sales at Claire's Stores were up 6% year-on-year while comparable store sales were up 2% - weighed down by same store sales declines in Europe. There are numerous challenges for the accessories retailer in today's global marketplace, but the company has other attributes that help to boost its value.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2006
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H Samuel comeback would be tough test for Ratner

Gerald Ratner has admitted that he would like to buy back H Samuel if it became available. His comments followed a weekend press report that owner Signet has been in talks with Zale Corporation about a possible merger. While Mr Ratner remains involved with the UK jewellery sector via his online business, running H Samuel in the current climate would be a major undertaking.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2006
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Hermes: bags strong growth in Asia

Hermes has reported a resilient performance in the first quarter of 2009, with sales up 3.2% to E428.4 million. Turnover was driven by sales of leather goods, especially in Asia, while favorable currency effects helped to further boost revenue. However, a weaker performance in other product categories and softening demand in Europe pose problems for the future.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2009
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HNWs start spending again, or is it investing?

Tiffany has joined other luxury goods companies in declaring an improved performance in the last quarter of 2009. However, this apparent evidence that HNWs are beginning to feel more confident in the economy may in fact be more accurately attributed to investments in tangibles.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2010

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