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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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Woolworths: tricky times ahead as sales slide

The World Cup has led to many retailers suffering a blow as consumers stay indoors to watch matches as opposed to hitting the high street. However the football tournament also serves as a convenient excuse for retailers needing to explain weak trading figures.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2006
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Walgreen: consolidation will benefit consumers

As the drugstore market becomes more competitive and saturated in local markets, leading US drugstore retailers Walgreen and CVS are completing acquisitions as their fastest routes to growth and to compete more effectively with non-specialists. This will undoubtedly lead to consumers benefiting from lower prices.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2006
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Alliance Boots: benefits for all

As Alliance Boots begins its new life as the world's third-largest pharmacy and wholesale business, it appears that both parties will benefit from this merger. But despite its 22.5% share of the UK retail pharmacy market and over 2,000 pharmacies, it does not insulate it completely from the threat supermarkets pose.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Tesco set to take crown as UK's largest non-food retailer

By the end of 2006, Tesco will not only be UK's biggest food retailer, it will also claim the crown as UK's largest non-food retailer. According to Verdict Research, Tesco will increase the pace of its non-food sales growth in 2006, thrusting it ahead of former non-food king ARG, owner of Argos and Homebase.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2006
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Superdrug: appeal must be more than skin deep

Superdrug has the modest target of testing 1,000 moles before the end of the year at a cost to customers of GBP45 per consultation. However, the company will need to do more to build up consumer trust if it hopes to win market share from rival Boots.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2006
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Alliance Boots: Irish expansion is now or never

Boots' latest growth plans will give it more than 70 stores in Eire, potentially overtaking Ireland's largest pharmacy group Unicarepharmacy, with 59 outlets - although it is looking to expand. While the timing is not ideal, Alliance Boots needs to move now to maintain its position in the Irish market.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Aug 2006
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Superdrug: paying for loyalty

Superdrug will cut the cost of one health and beauty "essential" each weekend in the lead up to Christmas, according to the Daily Mirror. However, the offers are more likely to improve loyalty from existing customers than create a long term threat to rivals, including grocers and the merged Alliance Boots.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Sep 2006
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Body Shop: aiming to satisfy a worldwide appetite for natural cosmetics

Plans for the expansion of the Body Shop, known best for its ethical stance and natural products, are timely - given the current interest in ethical trading - and reflect well on L'Oreal. The brand's strengthened proposition, helped by the financial backing of L'Oreal, should ease the route to expansion.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2006

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