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WHSmith's travel sales continue to bolster profits

WHSmith has improved its profitability, with group pre-tax profits up 8% to GBP64 million for the six months ending February 29, 2008. However, although sales at travel stores were up 1% on a like-for-like basis, high street sales fell by 3%, indicating that the fault line between the two businesses is widening. Although growth prospects are better in travel, the high street must not be neglected.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2008
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Whole Foods Market: Wild Oats merger on track

Whole Foods is offering Gregory Mays, Wild Oats' interim CEO, a $750,000 bonus to stay on until the sale is completed in April. The merger reinforces Whole Foods Market's dominant position in natural and organic food retailing in the US and enables the retailer to compete on a firm footing with its mass market rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2007
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Whole Foods Market: whole lot of loss

Fresh & Wild Ltd, the UK unit of Whole Foods Market, has posted sales of GBP35.9m for the year to September 30, 2007, an increase of 18.5%. However, it also reported a loss of GBP9.9m and, although the GBP2.9m cost of opening a store in Kensington, London, partially accounted for the fall in profitability, it does bring into question the viability of operating a large-scale luxury food concept.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2008
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Whole Foods Market: over here and over priced?

The impact of the global natural and organic retailing champion on British grocery retailing can be felt across the capital already, with Waitrose announcing the launch of its first upmarket food store in Marylebone. Despite an unrivalled organic and natural product offer in the UK, Whole Foods' long term prospects are questionable.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2007
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Whole Foods Market: organic growth

While the performance of America's mainstream supermarkets continues to languish, year-on-year sales at Whole Foods Market have been growing at a double-digit rate since 1998. However, the strength of Whole Foods' organic home market is attracting intense competition - which will increase the pressure on the company to cut costs.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2002
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Whole Foods Market: adaptability will be key to London success

It has been reported that Whole Foods Market is in discussions with British Land about opening a site in its 201 Bishopsgate and Broadgate Tower complex - a new office development that includes retail space. If Whole Foods Market was to open an outlet here, the retailer's ability to adapt its format to the location would be the key to its success.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Feb 2008
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Who is the 'greenest' grocer of them all?

While price and range will remain the key determinants of consumer loyalty at UK supermarkets, grocers are increasingly keen to display their green credentials to increase customer loyalty. An added advantage of being green is that it could help grocers win concessions in the ongoing Competition Commission grocery market inquiry.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2006
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Whittard of Chelsea: a potential seasonal bargain for Baugur

Baugur is hoping to buy Whittard of Chelsea for about GBP21million. The Icelandic retail investor is understood to want to put the company together with Julian Graves, the snacks and health food retailer it acquired two years ago. Though the very diverse propositions may seem incongruous, the current weakness of Whittard's non-necessity product in the market could make it a bargain for Baugur.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2005
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Whitbread: red in the face

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2001
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Whitbread: more units could be for the chop

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2001

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