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UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2013: why the sector winners stand out

John Lewis may have been the leading name in the roll call of winners at last week's Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards, but the Verdict poll of 5,900 consumers also revealed the winning retailers within individual sectors. Verdict's analysts give their insight into why these retailers stood out to their customers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2013
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Republic hit by weakened spending ability among 16-24s and intensified competition

The youth clothing brand has entered administration, which is a disappointing turn of events for a retailer that had been gaining clothing market share up until calendar year 2011, but highlights the changing young fashion landscape. If the administrator decides to keep the business going, it will have to re-examine Republic's approach to its target market.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2013
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H&M's wide brand appeal makes it a standout performer

H&M has redefined what it means to be a value fashion retailer - providing basics for the masses, but also catering to more aspirational shoppers via its designer collaborations - which offers a real competitive advantage in such a mature market. The retailer could, however, bolster this position further.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2013
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JJB continues its uphill struggle as Euro 2012 fails to ignite sales

JJB sports has reported weak results as the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship failed to give the retailer the much needed boost in sales it expected. The business, which is in the middle of a turnaround strategy, must address the competitive pressures that it faces in order to return to growth in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2012
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F&F: pop-up shop a sign of things to come

An F&F concept store in London's Covent Garden that was open for just four days is a positive step toward raising the profile of the brand and helping to change consumer perceptions of Tesco's clothing offer. Launching a pop-up store as a multichannel destination makes browsing collections fun and creates a new experience for shoppers, while it also hints at a new way to shop in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2012
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The imminent rise of t-commerce

Among the plethora of statistics given to analysts by N Brown executives at its trading announcement was the staggering growth of its mobile traffic. It has risen to 14% from 4% of all e-commerce traffic, and the retailer now expects this to rise to 22% by the end of 2012. These mobile customers are not just browsing either, as N Brown is making sales of GBP1m a week from m-commerce.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2012
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JD Sports: a Black cloud over an otherwise positive trading performance

In its annual results announcement on April 12, JD Sports posted revenue of over GBP1bn for the first time and sales growth of almost 20%, despite recording a 1% decline in like-for-like sales. However, the main talking point of the announcement has been JD's struggling Blacks Leisure subsidiary, and how the parent company plans to address Blacks' operational shortcomings over the next 12 months.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2012
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Converse: heightening consumers' brand experience through customization

Converse has launched an in-store product customization service, highlighting the growing importance of creating engaging retail experiences for consumers. Although such initiatives have thus far been led by manufacturer brands, they will increasingly be offered by multi-brand retailers as well, as heightened consumer expectations require all physical retailers to compete for footfall.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2011
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Yoox: e-retail competition will be fierce in China

Italian e-retailer Yoox has announced plans to launch dedicated online shops for China, in order to tap into a rapidly growing luxury market and to reduce its dependence on Europe. The Chinese market is enticing due to rising affluence and increasing internet penetration. However, China already has several established e-retailers, necessitating a shrewd, competitive approach from Yoox.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Dec 2010
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Retail locations: out-of-town remains the prime location for retail growth

Over the last 10 years, out-of-town has consistently outperformed both town center and neighborhood, with average annual growth of 2.5% between 2004 and 2009, compared with 1.4% for neighborhood and 0.2% in town centers. Verdict expects out-of-town to continue to outperform due to food & grocery reliance, its relevance as a click & collect point, and the entrance of new retailers to the sector.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Nov 2010

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