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Amazon: powering ahead

Online retailer Amazon has reported that group sales rose 35% to $2.89 billion in the three months to 30 June 2007. This was accompanied by its operating margin more than doubling to 4.1%. With the slew of heavy investment now firmly behind it and a range of initiatives coming into place - including a digital music download platform - the future looks bright for Amazon.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2007
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Amazon: privacy policy upsets the public

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2000
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Amazon: solid Q1 performance

US e-tailer Amazon has reported robust uplifts in both sales, and crucially, profits in the three months to March 31. Both its domestic and international divisions delivered sound performances - shrugging off fears of declining consumer confidence. As the benefits of its recent move into new product areas filter through, the recovery of Amazon's bottom line is set to continue.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2007
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Amazon: time to grow up

Amazon's net income fell 43% to $199 million in the fourth quarter, despite a 20% rise in sales. As a maturing business, Amazon needs to strengthen its initiatives on maintaining and boosting margins or lose out to heightened competition in the online arena.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2006
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American Apparel: t-shirt retailer finds public partner

Having agreed to be purchased by public investment company Endeavor Acquisition Corp, American Apparel will now be in a position to ramp up its aggressive expansion plans throughout the world. The deal will enable the retailer to reach public status more quickly than the traditional IPO but also without much of the inspection normally associated with this process.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2006
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American Eagle Outfitters: adapting trends for its casual teen market

American Eagle Outfitters' August performance stands out above its competition. It posted like-for-like sales growth of 11.0%, outperforming main rivals Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (+6.0%), Gap Inc (-7.0%) and Aeropostale Inc. (+3.3%). Its ability to adapt to emerging trends from its core audience looks set to keep it ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2006
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An extra life for the pre-owned games market?

Following a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that software authors cannot oppose the resale of licenses, the games industry now has to work out what the consequences will be. The ruling comes at a time of evolution in the supply of video games to customers, placing games retailers at risk of losing out on the lucrative pre-owned market.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2012
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Ann Summers: repositioning its lingerie offer

Ann Summers's plans to give its stores a more upmarket feel will mean moving its famous pleasure toys to the back of its stores and changing shop layouts so that the focus is very much on its lingerie range. However, due to its renowned image, changing consumer perception of the brand will be challenging, especially amid the intense competition that the retailer faces in the lingerie market.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2008
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Ann Taylor Stores: disappointing Q2 offset by new concept plans

Ann Taylor Stores Corporation has reported a disappointing first half. Announcing second quarter results to August 4, 2007, the company revealed declining comparable store sales at both Ann Taylor (-3.4%) and Loft (-10.8%). These were offset by store openings and Internet sales, producing a 0.7% uplift overall. The company forecasts a better second half with a major growth opportunity in 2008.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2007
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Apple: iPhone set to benefit mobile market

The launch of the Apple iPhone will impact the entire UK mobile phone sector. Apple's chosen partners O2 and Carphone Warehouse will obviously benefit most for the time being, but the launch will also stimulate the wider market.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Sep 2007

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