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WH Smith: expansion in a tough market

With WH Smith now on a firmer footing following investment in basic retail disciplines and shopkeeping standards, the retailer has expressed an interest in acquiring Borders. Though growth needs to take priority on WH Smith's agenda, going forward it must be careful not to take on too much debt and over expose itself to a market characterized by price deflation and thinning margins.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Aug 2007
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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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Wetherspoons: drinking without the Cup

Many pubs will see the World Cup as an opportunity to attract customers, but not Wetherspoons. In keeping with its no-frills drinking philosophy, it will continue to keep televisions and music out of its pubs. Although not screening matches may seem foolish, it demonstrates commitment to the long-term strategy that fueled its expansion.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2002
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Wetherspoon/Yates: fighting for the bargain basement

Yates plans to target cost-conscious consumers with aggressive discounting in its quiet afternoon and early evening periods. While the cheap drink, cheap food, no frills approach is continuing to work well for JD Wetherspoon and should improve Yates' sales to some degree, it may not be the best tactic to turn around the struggling group's fortunes.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Nov 2001
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Westfield London may take share of wallet from London's West End retailers

Westfield London has been in development for 15 years and offers an impressive retail experience, yet it could not have opened at a worse possible time. Although the strong mix of retailers and services offered will help it to attract custom, with consumers taking a measured approach to their shopping, any money going through the tills will come at the expense of spending elsewhere.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2008
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Wendy's: PETA breaks through

Published By Datamonitor
07 Sep 2001
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Wendy's: new Latin flavor

The number three burger chain will hike media spending by 30%, specifically targeting kids, families, Hispanics, and the late-night market. Wendy's chances of taking share from McDonald's and Burger King could be strong - but to refine its value proposition and stay in Wall Street's good books, it will need to track returns on the media initiatives carefully.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2002
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Weight loss: 'healthy' not 'diet' foods

In 2002, 230.6 million people across Europe attempted a diet. Of these, only 3.8 million will succeed in keeping off the weight that they have lost for over a year. The low success rate reflects badly on the diet industry. Manufacturers and retailers need to emphasize 'healthy eating' products to help consumers keep the weight off after dieting.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2003
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Webvan: pureplay grocers in dire straits

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2001
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Webvan: profits ahead of expansion

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2000

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