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7-Eleven: expanding at a cost

7-Eleven has announced a Q4 net loss of $11.5 million compared to a gain of $17.1 million for Q4 2001. Despite this, the outlook for the company remains strong for 2003. As it continues to improve efficiency and expand, 7-Eleven must take care not to stretch resources too thinly.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

B&Q: a home improvement project

Kingfisher's UK arm, B&Q, has been severely impacted by the tough conditions plaguing the DIY market, while also facing stiffer competition from rivals. The planned refurbishment of its Warehouses, if executed properly, could enable B&Q to benefit from an upturn in the DIY market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

B&Q: in need of repair

Kingfisher has reported that like-for-like sales at its B&Q DIY chain fell 9% in the 13 weeks to January 28. B&Q is facing several problems - discounting to attract customers is hitting margins, and DIY has fallen out of fashion amongst younger home owners who prefer to use professional builders.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2006
Expert View
Expert View

B&Q: teaching the world to DIY

A boom in private housing is fuelling a new market for home decoration changing the way the modern Chinese shop. But China has yet to become a 'DIY market' and B&Q has the immense challenge in transforming the consumer culture from 'buy it yourself' to 'do it yourself'.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

BAA: maiden flight in eBusiness

Published By Datamonitor
27 Sep 2000
CommentWire
CommentWire

BP/E.ON: European energy giants get more focused

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

BP: PKN buys sites in northern Germany

BP has escaped part of a potential write down on its Veba acquisition. Regulators demanded that the oil major shed 5% of its retail market share and a refinery stake - failure to find buyers would entail costly site closures for BP. PKN will struggle to realize short-term value, but could benefit from a downstream upturn.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Dec 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

BP: shedding stations

Tough conditions in Hungary and Slovakia have prompted BP to shed its newly acquired Aral service stations in these countries. Although it has also sold two stations in Poland to Jet, BP is adamant it will remain in this market. Staying would be wise: the company has a good position as the largest foreign player, and has identified more attractive prospects.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

BP: still no suitors for German sites

While many companies have window shopped in Germany, few are reaching for their check books to buy BP's 800 sites and 45% stake in the Bayernoil refinery. Finding a buyer is imperative for BP to meet antitrust rulings should the company fail to find an acquisitor, it may have to consider repackaging the assets or, in the worst-case scenario, closing sites.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

BP: targeting 1000 service stations in China

BP is catching up with rival, Shell, in penetrating the Chinese fuel retailing market. With fast growth forecast, the oil majors are all trying to get in on the action. BP hopes to have 1000 sites, putting it ahead of the other international players. Currently BP owns 30 stations and manages a further 100; gaining more than 500 over the next three years seems a real challenge.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2002

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