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Amazon groceries grab headlines, but shoppers won't be swayed

Amazon is reportedly planning to expand its online grocery service to Los Angeles this month, but will it be a success? The current state of the market dictates no, with limited demand for online grocery and high set-up costs a significant barrier to entry.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2013
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LVMH: watch sales decline, time's up for luxury?

Despite a weak like-for-like performance, LVMH reported marginal growth in a tough economic climate for the first quarter of 2009. While LVMH is in a stronger position to weather the storm than some rival luxury players due to its strong brands and extensive geographical spread, sales are likely to decline further in the year ahead as the economic downturn shows little signs of improving.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2009
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kroger: service and quality strategy driving sales

US grocer Kroger has reported strong Q3 results, including underlying supermarket sales up 5.1%, excluding fuel. With the run up to the all important festive season underway, Kroger is confident that its strong emphasis on service and quality, alongside its favorable price positioning, should enable it to take full advantage of the final quarter and finish 2006 on a high.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2006

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