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Marks & Spencer reaches another fork in the road

Marks & Spencer's clothing market share has been declining since the late 1990s. Its core customers, women, no longer regard it as the primary destination for clothes shopping and, unless Marc Bolland's team can produce a turnaround over the next six months, there is likely to be another change of management, disrupting performance again.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2013
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German clothing market: a safe bet for those looking to grow international presence

Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain are off-limits to many clothing retailers looking for a secure market in which to grow a brand presence, but Verdict pinpoints Germany as a sensible prospect for expansion. Despite its maturity and increasing competition, Verdict forecasts clothing expenditure in Germany to rise by 9.4% between 2013 and 2018, an attractive prospect for retailers chasing growth.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2013
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Hilco's Musical Vision gives HMV a chance

After months of speculation, store closures, rogue Tweets, and even the suggestion of an Elton John benefit gig, HMV has finally been rescued from administration by Hilco. Although 141 stores may be more than is realistically manageable, the retailer's renewed focus on music & video and more competitive pricing will stand it in good stead as it returns in earnest to the high street.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2013
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Why omnichannel cannot save the high street

An omnichannel approach is essential for retail chains, but click & collect will not stop the online channel's squeeze on the high street.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2013
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Cold weather puts GBP450m of UK gardening market on thin ice

With heavy snow and flood alerts across the country over the weekend, the gardening sector could be impacted by poor weather conditions similar to those that caused it to decline sharply last year. As the key Easter weekend approaches, another poor spring could have severe ramifications for a sector forecast to be one of retail's most buoyant in 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2013
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The future of UK electricals retail depends on fewer but better stores

The electricals sector has dramatically condensed over the last 10 years. Many independent retailers have exited the market, with only the largest in a position to finance multichannel investment to keep up with spend moving online. More revenue will go to fewer retailers, which will concentrate on fewer, more profitable stores and making customer service the main attraction for shoppers.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2013
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Nutmeg adds flavor to Morrisons non-food range

Morrisons' launch of its own brand childrenswear range, Nutmeg, will see all the Big Four supermarkets selling clothing for the first time, further heightening their rivalry. Tesco and Asda are stalwarts in the market, and Sainsbury's offer is achieving impressive growth, so Morrisons' late entry means it will need to work hard to make an impact.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2013
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French Connection: the issues and the remedies

French Connection's tumbling sales and weakening market share have become a subject of debate at Verdict Retail and across the UK clothing industry over the last year, making it one to watch in 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2013
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Trinity Leeds shopping center will boost city's retail outlook

Retail development Trinity Leeds, developed by Land Securities, opened its doors on 21 March 2013 with more than 70 retailers ready for business. The development is set to revitalize retail in Leeds, with more than 40 big names coming to the city for the first time.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Mar 2013
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Verdict View: Budget 2013

Verdict reviews the implications of the 2013 Budget from UK chancellor George Osborne. Consumers will welcome the scrapping of the fuel duty rise and increases to personal tax allowances, although it is debatable how much benefit these will offer consumers and retailers amid rising food and energy prices. The ongoing debate around the freezing of business rates was swept aside by the chancellor.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Mar 2013

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