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Can Halfords shift up from the granny gear to improve its cycling proposition?

Halfords had a difficult 2011/12 as revenue declined, and the start of 2012/13 looks bleak with disappointing sales. This has especially been the case in cycling, Halfords' only growing retail division last year. It has announced a new objective to be "the best bike shop in town"; however, intense competition on range and price mean that it will struggle to capture the UK's broad cycling tastes.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2012
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F&F: pop-up shop a sign of things to come

An F&F concept store in London's Covent Garden that was open for just four days is a positive step toward raising the profile of the brand and helping to change consumer perceptions of Tesco's clothing offer. Launching a pop-up store as a multichannel destination makes browsing collections fun and creates a new experience for shoppers, while it also hints at a new way to shop in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2012
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Portas Pilot town tweeters silenced

UK towns participating in Mary Portas's TV series to showcase government investment in the regeneration of high streets have been asked to sign contracts ensuring social media silence over the period of filming. In contrast, in Ireland social media is playing a key role in community regeneration.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2012
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Boots: Walgreens deal should strengthen the UK retailer's international presence

In a move aimed at turning the company into a truly global business, Alliance Boots has struck a partnership with US pharmacy Walgreens. Initially Walgreens will invest $6.7bn in cash and stock, which will give the company a 45% stake in Alliance Boots. The deal is planned to go through by September 2012, with an option for Walgreens to buy the remaining 55% in three years' time.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2012
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Healthy vines support Majestic Wine

Majestic has posted another year of solid growth as it continues to dominate specialist wine sales. In a market that has been increasingly difficult for specialists, Majestic has managed to use its strengths in customer engagement alongside a knowledgeable workforce to secure loyal customers. While its goal of 330 UK stores seems ambitious Majestic is working on improving its online proposition.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2012
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ASOS: more than able to deal with Superdry's departure

News that SuperGroup is putting its wholesale relationship with online retailer ASOS on hold has given rise to speculation that this will spark more withdrawals from the online retailer's site. However, this gives little credit to the strength of the ASOS proposition, or to its management's foresight.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2012
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Boots: going back for seconds in the convenience food sector?

Following the announcement of its partnership with Walgreens earlier in June, it has been confirmed that Boots has been in talks with Irish retail and wholesale group Musgrave, which runs the Budgens and Londis symbol groups in the UK. This news comes after Boots and Waitrose decided to end their partnership earlier this year, which is currently being phased out.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2012
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N Brown: focus must be maintained following shock departures

In its update on July 3, 2012, N Brown surprised many by announcing that both its chairman and chief executive, as well as two other non-executive directors, will be standing down. So many high-profile departures at the business raises questions as to why they are occurring, and with N Brown now facing a period of substantial change, it must ensure that it stays focused on its core business.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2012
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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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JJB continues its uphill struggle as Euro 2012 fails to ignite sales

JJB sports has reported weak results as the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship failed to give the retailer the much needed boost in sales it expected. The business, which is in the middle of a turnaround strategy, must address the competitive pressures that it faces in order to return to growth in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2012

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