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Whole Foods Market: Wild Oats merger on track

Whole Foods is offering Gregory Mays, Wild Oats' interim CEO, a $750,000 bonus to stay on until the sale is completed in April. The merger reinforces Whole Foods Market's dominant position in natural and organic food retailing in the US and enables the retailer to compete on a firm footing with its mass market rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2007
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Asda: promising future, despite tough competition

Asda is to launch an expansion drive in a bid to improve sales growth and protect its place as the UK's second largest grocer. But, with Tesco going from strength to strength, Sainsbury close on its heels and Morrison delivering solid growth, the market remains as competitive as ever.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2007
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Carrefour: bid target?

With a turnover in 2006 of over E87 billion, French supermarket giant Carrefour is currently the second largest retailer in the world in terms of sales, behind Wal-Mart. While only a rumor, there remain a number of reasons why a leading global grocery retailer might be interested in taking it over.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2007
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Wal-Mart: new expansion strategy

After Wal-Mart's fiasco in Germany and Korea, a change in its expansion strategy is emerging. The retailer is understood to be planning a move into the fragmented and fast-growing Russian market via the joint venture route rather than using its considerable financial muscle for acquisitions. If it goes ahead, Russia could re-establish Wal-Mart's credentials as a truly international retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2007
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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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Sainsbury: bid speculation continues

Following initial rumors of a bid for Sainsbury last week, speculation has continued unabated, with M&S the latest company linked with the business. On the surface, the merits of a combined M&S and Sainsbury are plentiful, but one should not underestimate the risk associated with such a deal.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2007
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Starbucks: aiming for big bucks

Starbucks looks set to take over McDonald's crown as the most omnipresent corporate brand, with the company planning an ambitious growth strategy in 2007. In some instances, this has prompted complaints that the company is being insensitive about where it locates its shops. However, with quarterly results on target, the investment community is more than happy to see the company thrive.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2007
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J Sainsbury: strong Christmas and positive outlook ahead

J Sainsbury finished 2006 on a high with its third quarter trading statement reporting 6.8% sales growth, marking its eighth consecutive quarter of growth. The retailer's recovery is clearly on track and, looking ahead, there is reason for further optimism.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2007
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Marks & Spencer: a good Christmas for some

In Marks & Spencer's Q3 trading statement it reported yet another strong set of figures across all its divisions, proving that consumers are still prepared to spend at Christmas - but are being much more selective about where they shop, as well as how and when, with online channels proving an ever more popular choice.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jan 2007
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Majestic Wine: continues to deliver strong results

Majestic's focus towards premium wine, coupled with its strategy of encouraging customers to bulk buy has continued to deliver growth. The company has carved itself a niche, creating a model capable of defending itself from the ongoing march of the grocers and the recent, elaborate promotional threat by Thresher.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2007

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