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LVMH: riding out the economic storm

Despite speculation that the luxury market would be hurt by the global downturn, LVMH has revealed another year of growth. However, although the breadth of its business by sectors and markets is helping to protect it from recessionary pressures, it is not completely insulated, and is applying strict financial disciplines in order to weather the economic storm.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2009
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LVMH: watch sales decline, time's up for luxury?

Despite a weak like-for-like performance, LVMH reported marginal growth in a tough economic climate for the first quarter of 2009. While LVMH is in a stronger position to weather the storm than some rival luxury players due to its strong brands and extensive geographical spread, sales are likely to decline further in the year ahead as the economic downturn shows little signs of improving.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2009
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Mothercare/Early Learning Centre: merger set to enhance sales

Mothercare is in talks to buy Chelsea Stores, owner of the Early Learning Centre, for GBP85 million. Mothercare and the Early Learning Centre are a near perfect match in terms of customer base and Mothercare's focus on out-of-town and multi-channel expansion will accommodate an expanded product offer, which in turn will add value to its retail proposition.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2007
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Mothercare: destination, destination, destination

Although high end and value children's product retailers have done well over recent years, the middle market - where Mothercare has traditionally sat - has become increasingly squeezed. However, Mothercare is successfully differentiating itself from rivals and has built solid foundations for future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2008
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Mothercare: domestic defense

Mothercare's international operations are growing strongly, but its core domestic market is far more challenging. Tough competition and slow market growth has forced some strategic changes for Mothercare, including smaller stores and a major refurbishment program, which are helping it to defend its business in difficult conditions.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2007
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Mothercare: growing up fast on global stage

Mothercare, a retailer of baby and maternity goods, has posted a mixed set of results, with impressive international and internet growth, but a dip in sales from its core format due to the re-structuring of its UK store estate. However, overall the company looks to be one of the market's safer bets as conditions deteriorate for UK retailers.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Oct 2008
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Mothercare: strong performance ahead of crucial Christmas period

Mothercare has managed a strong performance, despite challenging domestic market conditions, with total group sales for the six months to October 13, 2007 up 23.8%. The acquired Early Learning Centre business provides additional opportunities for growth, but the real test will come over the Christmas period.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2007
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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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Online shopping accounts for half of retail sector growth

Last year, online retailers accounted for almost half the cash growth in retail spending, with sales increasing 15 times faster than the retail average. Though online's share of retail is still small, its meteoric growth is sending shock waves throughout the wider retail sector as shoppers of all ages transfer their purchases online.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2006
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Polarization in the sports goods market: opportunities lie at the premium end

Over the past five years we have seen the sports goods market become increasingly polarized. Serious sports enthusiasts are looking for specialist and professional products, while leisure shoppers want needs-based products at low prices. To grow in this market, retailers must decide who their target customers are, and ensure a strong point of differentiation to fight competition and drive sales.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2012

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