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Eastern European Retail: foreign chains rattle the small shopkeepers

The new Polish government of the conservative Law and Justice party has promised to examine the encroachment of hypermarkets into the country's retail sector. However, an element of political calculation is thought to be involved in this: while about 100,000 people are employed in large stores, the retail sector as a whole employs more than 2 million, mainly in small independent shops.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2005
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Procter & Gamble: D&G deal sweetens fragrances portfolio

Procter & Gamble has moved further into the world of luxury fragrances by agreeing to produce perfumes for Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. Despite this move into a highly competitive market, the combination of P&G's global reach with Dolce & Gabbana's marketable name will prove to be a lucrative one.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Dec 2005
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Expert View

UK Health and Beauty: grocers widening their lead as sector consolidates

The UK's grocery retailers are widening their lead in yet another non-food market; health and beauty. In 2005 health and beauty expenditure through grocers was GBP800 million more than through specialists. According to Verdict Research, over the next five years grocers will gain a 50% share of the total health and beauty market, a fact the specialists should be taking seriously.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2005
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Baugur/Woolworths: stake building fuels takeover talk

Baugur's revelation of its 7% stake in Woolworths has fueled speculation of a takeover. Both the value and traded volume of Woolworths shares have been high, amid speculation that the chain had possibly attracted Asda's attention. The size of Baugur's stake in the company is likely to catch the City off guard, and will convince many interested parties that Woolworths is now effectively in play.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2006
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L'Oreal: looking forward to handsome sales

Jean-Paul Agon, CEO designate at L'Oreal, has promised a return to the stellar growth the company has for so long enjoyed, highlighting strong prospects in men's toiletries and those aimed at older women. Today's consumers are more concerned about health and appearance than previous generations and, fortunately for L'Oreal, they are prepared to pay a premium to preserve both.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2006
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L'Oreal: because The Body Shop's worth it?

A new strategy statement from L'Oreal has listed a GBP600 million bid for UK beauty products retailer Body Shop as an option. However, Verdict chairman Richard Hyman is unsure about the logic of the deal, advising L'Oréal that "it's probably looking at the wrong retailer."

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2006
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Boots: when less is more

Boots Group is expected to announce that it has reached agreement with the Office of Fair Trading regarding its merger with Alliance Unichem and the disposal of 104 stores. Although the divestments will hurt short-term revenue, they may benefit the company's bottom line in the long term by reducing store duplication in small communities.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2006
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L'Oreal/Body Shop: ethical benefits outweigh risks

The idea of The Body Shop being bought out by an international cosmetic company would have been unthinkable a few years ago. However times and consumer trends move on, and the ethical and natural credentials of the beauty retailer make it a strong proposition in today's market. Now, with L'Oreal's resources and marketing expertise behind it, The Body Shop looks set become a major global brand.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2006
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Superdrug: striving for cut-price brand appeal

UK health & beauty retailer Superdrug is to cut prices on famous brand cosmetics as part of a GBP250,000 Mother's Day price war. The move, which will see skincare products by Clarins, Clinique, and Elizabeth Arden given a discount of up to 60%, has the potential to attract market leader Boots' older, more affluent customers.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2006
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Boots-Alliance UniChem: rival challenge

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal will hear an objection to the Boots-Alliance UniChem merger from the German owner of Lloydspharmacy, Celesio. But even if the merger does not go ahead, Boots is now taking more interest in the sector, and its well-known brand name will make it a strong rival.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2006

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