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2011 was nothing for retailers to write home about

2011 was a challenging year for retail, particularly for those in home-related sectors. A stagnant housing market prevented many first-time buyers from getting on the property ladder, and homeowners were reluctant to sell in a buyer's market.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jan 2012
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Carpetright: laying the foundations for future growth

Carpetright has announced that like-for-like sales in the UK and Ireland for the five weeks to January 31, 2009 were down just 2.9%, with total sales, including the recently acquired Sleepright, up 7.9%. Carpetright's post-Christmas performance was better than expected, and the retailer is in a strong position to take advantage of capacity falling out of the market.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2009
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DFS: in good shape during tough times

Alongside last year's financial results, furniture specialist DFS revealed a 5% rise in like-for-like sales for its current financial year. This is a solid performance in challenging market conditions and the retailer seems well placed to continue outperforming key rivals ScS and Land of Leather.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2007
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Dreams: buoyant bed sales

Another set of impressive results from the UK's leading independent bed specialist shortens the odds on the company being sold to venture capitalists.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Aug 2007
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Dreams: rapid growth set to continue

Dreams has weathered the weaker economic environment and delivered like-for-like growth of 7% over the Christmas trading period, despite the fact that other furniture operators are beginning to struggle. Dreams' impressive performance is set to continue, amid increased competition in the market and a tougher economic environment ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Dreams: strong performance to continue

Bed specialist Dreams has an enviable track record of both sales and profit growth and the retailer, if sold, could be worth as much as GBP250 million. Whatever the future ownership of the business, it is likely its outstanding performance will continue.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Dreams: sweet dreams are made of these

For the 52 weeks to December 25, 2008 Dreams' total and like-for-like sales were up by 16% and 1.5% respectively and operating profits were up 18%. While its sales growth rates are down on last year, this is a strong performance considering the current economic climate, Dreams' mostly big-ticket offer and the challenging furniture sector. Moreover, the retailer should continue this outperformance.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Apr 2009
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CommentWire

Dwell: not resting on its laurels

The aspirational furniture retailer Dwell is set to open its 23rd outlet at the Lakeside Retail Park. This opening will continue its recent expansion program, which has led to seven new stores opening since January 2011. With this expansion and its affordable, contemporary offer, Dwell has been one of the better performing retailers in a challenging market.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Aug 2012
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CommentWire

Focus & MFI: merging struggling retailers rarely creates a stronger business

Apax Partners' proposal for a possible merger between Focus, the DIY retailer in which it has a 30% stake, and the retail arm of MFI for which it is currently bidding, is doomed to failure. While both retailers share similar difficulties, a viable retailer will not be created by joining the companies.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Homestyle Group: management must keep eye on the ball

As Homestyle continues to struggle in the competitive UK furniture market, Steinhoff International is looking to purchase the outstanding shares it does not already own. However, it is a change in trading fortunes that Homestyle needs, not necessarily ownership.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2006

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