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Comet: out of town, out of time?

Comet is on the verge of falling into administration just nine months after Kesa paid OpCapita GBP50m to take it off its hands. Its slide from prominence is the culmination of a series of bad choices that have left it lagging behind the competition. A lack of liquidity due to suppliers demanding upfront payments now puts up to 7,000 jobs at risk, with little expectation of a rescue deal.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2012
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New store format will up JD Sports' game

JD Sports will widen its customer base with its new sports performance store format. JJB's market share is up for grabs, but the move may step on the toes of Sports Direct, meaning pricing, location, and a standout offering are major considerations.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2012
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WH Smith without Kate Swann

WH Smith CEO Kate Swann is to step down in June 2013. The internal promotion of current high street operations managing director Steve Clarke to fill her position signals a continuation of the retailer's strategy. However, it will be a difficult role to take over, with no easy wins ahead for the retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2012
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Pre-packs protect banks and boards, but jobs too

Pre-pack administrations have come under scrutiny for siphoning away selected assets and dumping debt in secretive deals. The process is open to abuse, but the unpalatable truth is that in a stuttering economy no other option protects jobs and keeps businesses open to the same extent.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2012
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Europe's largest shopping mall will not fashion growth for the Spanish clothing market

The second phase of Europe's largest leisure and retail development Puerto Venecia was set upon by 100,000 shoppers when it opened on October 3, 2012, anchored by El Cortes Ingles and Primark. Continuing with the development is a brave move given the very bleak outlook for Spain's clothing sector, with consumers simply unable to support spending on discretionary items.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2012
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Facebook "Wants" to strengthen its e-commerce credentials

Facebook has started trialing "Collections," its latest attempt at tapping into the e-commerce market. The service directs users to retailers' websites instead of acting as a sales channel, making this a more viable option than previous f-commerce attempts. However, such is the fickle world of Facebook that retailers should approach this new channel with a degree of skepticism.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2012
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The Body Shop: L'Oreal sale rumors highlight the investment needed to bring life into a tired brand

The Body Shop has struggled over the past five years, with Verdict expecting its share of the health & beauty market to drop from 1.2% in 2007 to 0.9% in 2012. Continuing growth means opportunities remain in the market, but with an outdated brand and unexciting products The Body Shop has work to do.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2012
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Dunelm Mill overtakes John Lewis as leading homewares retailer

Specialist Dunelm Mill has leapfrogged John Lewis to the top of the homewares market, although both have registered a strong performance in 2012. Verdict estimates Dunelm Mill will have secured a 6.9% share of the GBP10.7bn market this year, with John Lewis expected to sit just behind at 6.8%.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2012
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Morrisons must pick up the pace as like-for-like trading drops back

Morrisons has been left behind in the race for food & grocery market share with its continued relaxed approach to both multi-channel and convenience expansion.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Sep 2012
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Dependence on the Spanish market weakens El Corte Ingles' sales

Leading European department store operator El Corte Ingles has reported a 3.9% decline in turnover as shoppers switch to cheaper rivals due to squeezed disposable incomes. As the tough trading environment in Spain continues, the retailer may regret its cautious approach to international expansion and its reliance on Spain. It needs to act swiftly to halt sliding sales and regain consumer loyalty.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2012

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