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CommentWire

Focus & MFI: merging struggling retailers rarely creates a stronger business

Apax Partners' proposal for a possible merger between Focus, the DIY retailer in which it has a 30% stake, and the retail arm of MFI for which it is currently bidding, is doomed to failure. While both retailers share similar difficulties, a viable retailer will not be created by joining the companies.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Focus DIY: CVA secures its short-term future

Over 75% of Focus' creditors have agreed to its company voluntary arrangement, which will allow the retailer to renew its two-year revolving credit facility, thus securing its short-term future. Verdict now expects Focus to push ahead with the rollout of its new Genesis store format, allowing it to compete more effectively in a sector that has been greatly impacted by the fall in consumer demand.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Aug 2009
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Focus DIY: looks to CVA for survival

Focus DIY is reported to be attempting to set up a company voluntary arrangement with its creditors, which would allow the specialist retailer to cut its debts without going into administration. Such an arrangement would be sensible as it would relieve pressure on Focus, which is becoming a necessity given the downturn in the DIY market and the retailer's weakness compared to its major rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2009
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Focus losing sight of key differentiation

Focus has circulated an annual results statement to a select few which is believed to detail a collapse in both profits and sales. The DIY chain will need to make dramatic changes to its offer if it is to stay afloat in the current weak retail climate.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2006
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Focus: a new beginning?

After months of negotiations, an agreement has finally been reached that secures the future of the UK's third largest DIY specialist, Focus. While long term competitive challenges remain, this deal offers the company the best chance yet of a platform for profitable growth.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Focus: heavy debts overshadow sales improvement

Since its demerger from former stable mate Wickes, Focus has stood out as the weakest of the major UK DIY retailers and has been sorely tested by extremely challenging DIY market conditions. Although the business' performance is now improving, high levels of debt undermine its long term prospects.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2007
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Focus: potential European bidders named

Leroy Merlin and Praktiker are understood to be possible buyers of debt laden DIY retailer Focus. Leroy Merlin, France's leading DIY specialist, and Praktiker, the number two player in Germany, have been named as possible buyers following the decision by Focus' owners to put the business up for sale. However, with other expansion opportunities available to them, a bid for Focus seems unlikely.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2007
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Forecourt mPayments: the Dutch lead the way

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Forecourt retailing: non-fuel revenues will grow 60% by 2005

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2001
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Forecourts: non-fuel revenues will dominate profits

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2001

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