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McDonald's - kids are lovin' it

McDonald's Corporation has garnered yet more negative publicity, as new research from a US university has found that children as young as three have shown a preference for the fast food giant's branded food. While the findings highlight the dangers of marketing junk food to kids, the research could provide an opportunity for the company to launch more wide-ranging healthier kids' menus.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Aug 2007
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UK motorway service stations: quality improving through retailer alliances

A new report by UK motoring organization the AA claims that while UK motorway service stations are among the most expensive in Europe and suffer as a result of unmotivated staff and poor hygiene in eating areas and toilets, they are improving. This progress has largely come about through alliances with high street retailers.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2007
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Marks & Spencer: positive growth in difficult climate

Up against strong comparatives, rising interest rates and unseasonal weather, commentators were predicting a rapid slowdown for Marks & Spencer's first quarter results. However, the UK retailer's performance was stronger than expected and, despite the unpredictable retail climate, the company should continue on its upward growth trend, albeit more slowly.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2007
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McDonald's: greasing the wheels of ethical practices

By deciding to convert its UK delivery vehicles to biofuel, McDonald's has become the latest consumer giant to commit to greener business practices. The retailer no doubt expects the move will help boost its corporate image, which has taken several knocks in recent years. However, it may not improve its image overnight, given its poor ethical track record.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2007
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Majestic Wine: quality results

Wine specialist Majestic Wine has reported an 11.0% uplift in sales and a 4.9% increase in like-for-likes in the year to April 2, 2007. Its strong focus on fine wines has helped bolster profitability for the fourteenth consecutive year - up 14.1% to GBP16.2 million. Its highly knowledgeable staff, solid expansion strategy and increasing multichannel credentials position it well for future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2007
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Whole Foods Market: over here and over priced?

The impact of the global natural and organic retailing champion on British grocery retailing can be felt across the capital already, with Waitrose announcing the launch of its first upmarket food store in Marylebone. Despite an unrivalled organic and natural product offer in the UK, Whole Foods' long term prospects are questionable.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2007
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Thresher Group: new owner, same challenges

Terra Firma has sold Thresher Group, which owns The Local, Wine Rack, Victoria Wine and Threshers off-licences, as well as Haddows in Scotland, to a private equity consortium. While scale places Thresher in a stronger position than many rival off-license groups, it still faces fundamental challenges in attracting shoppers, as grocers open further convenience stores in its catchments.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2007
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Alpha Airports: takeover heralds further consolidation

Alpha Airports has approved a GBP193.6 million takeover by Italy's Autogrill. Autogrill's proposed purchase of Alpha Airports follows a week of activity, which has seen fast-food operator Autogrill building up its stake in the UK-based airline services firm. The move will provide Alpha with necessary scale on a global level to compete in the fast-growing and consolidating airport services market.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2007
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McDonalds/Innocent: a smooth partnership?

Smoothie maker Innocent Drinks' decision to allow its kids' drinks to be sold in McDonald's has left some critics confounded, largely because the fast food ethos of McDonald's does not fit well with Innocent's strong health focus, and non-corporate outlook. However, Innocent stands to achieve significant gains as the partnership is likely to encourage kids to opt for healthier options.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2007
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Private label proliferates

A new report from independent market analyst Datamonitor reveals that the UK is by far the biggest private label market in Europe, with penetration rates forecast to exceed 40% of total consumer packaged goods (CPG) spending by 2011.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2007

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