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Asda: dressing to impress

George's upcoming range of clothing will be a substantial investment, with 1 million garments designed and produced in the UK - but as a proportion of George's total sales, which topped GBP2 billion last year, this is still a relatively minor gamble. The move is also in line with evolving consumer demands and should help to improve George's image.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2007
Expert View
Expert View

Rewe: strong growth to continue

German retail group Rewe's 2006 sales grew by 4.2% to reach E43.5 billion. In Germany, Rewe's brand relaunch, incorporating its various supermarket fascias under one banner, has delivered and expansion into Eastern Europe is on track. However Rewe must take care not to overstretch itself, as it plans to acquire Edeka's underperforming 150 outlet strong DIY operation.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2007
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Asda: exploring Sainsbury takeover

That Asda is sounding out the competition authorities regarding the potential for a Sainsbury takeover is not all that surprising given its growth outlook compared to Tesco's. While highly unlikely that Asda would be allowed to complete a takeover, if nothing else, the move provides an opportunity for the retailer to promote its competitive agenda.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2007
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CommentWire

Tesco: swapping Jersey for Zurich

Tesco has moved its online cut-price music & video business to Zurich after government pressure forced Jersey to crackdown on British retailers exploiting the VAT loophole to distribute CDs and DVDs tax free. However, this could be just a short-term win for Tesco as pressure from smaller retailers to close the loophole for good continues to escalate.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2007
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CommentWire

Iceland: well deserved reward for Walker and team

Malcolm Walker and his team are poised to collect GBP60 million in a GBP300 million recapitalization of the revived Iceland food chain. Returning to the helm, Mr Walker has been instrumental in the much improved trading performance at Iceland in 2006.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2007
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Coles: takeover speculation continues

The future ownership of Coles Group remains unclear as rumors of interest from a number of parties continue. While private equity consortiums remain favorite to win the race for the retailer, bids from two of the world's largest retailers cannot be ruled out.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2007
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Sainsbury: bid talks collapse

Following the collapse of bid talks with private equity consortium CVC, brought about by the Sainsbury family's refusal to sell their shares for less than 600p each, the onus is now on Sainsbury's board to deliver. While Justin King and his team face substantial challenges, the company stands in a relatively strong position and has numerous opportunities ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Apr 2007
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CommentWire

Tesco: enviable outlook

Tesco's preliminary results for 2006/07 offered few surprises to market observers, but are impressive nevertheless. Despite a tougher market, the grocer delivered across all parts of its strategy, with its international business, in particular, standing out as the company's platform for future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2007
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CommentWire

Caprabo: the auction has begun

Spain's Supermercados El Arbol is reported to be in talks with US private equity group Blackstone over a possible joint bid for Caprabo. However, others are also in the running for the fifth largest Spanish grocer, including French giants Carrefour and Auchan. Irrespective of who makes the grade, it is certain that the consolidation process in Spanish grocery retailing will accelerate.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2007
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Sainsbury: ramping up expansion

UK grocer Sainsbury plans to open up to 4 million square foot of new space which will be in the form of new stores, additional mezzanine levels and other extensions. However, given the scale and aggression of Tesco's own expansion program, Sainsbury will struggle to match its rival's space growth.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2007

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