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Reliance Fresh: move to Delhi

Reliance Industries first Reliance Fresh store in Delhi marks the start of an aggressive 100 store rollout planned for the capital city over the next few months. The move represents a significant step in the company's endeavor to capitalize on India's growing middle class economy.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2007
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Bharti/Wal-Mart: headstart in India

Wal-Mart's Indian partner, Bharti Enterprises, is pledging to invest up to $2.5 billion in developing a nationwide store network that will enable Wal-Mart to take advantage of the tremendous growth potential India has to offer. However, they will come up against stiff competition from incumbent domestic players who are expanding rapidly.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2007
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Wal-Mart: accelerating the race for Chinese leadership

Wal-Mart's latest deal sees the US retailer taking a 35% interest in Trust Mart, the Chinese discount operator with 101 stores in 34 cities. Longer term, Wal-Mart could take managerial control of the business, in a move that would propel the retailer past rival Carrefour as China's biggest foreign operator of hypermarkets.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 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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Tesco: massive potential despite reduced UK like-for-like growth

Tesco's first quarter trading statement contained something that we have not seen for quite some time; UK like-for-like sales growth below 5%. Though not a disaster, this lower rate of growth raises a number of questions.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2007
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Reliance: changing tack

India's Reliance Industries is encountering stiff resistance from some quarters to its retail division's aggressive expansion plans. To help appease protests, Reliance is introducing a new format which will not sell fresh produce in some states. These developments do not bode well for the international grocers who are eager to develop their presence in India.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2007
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Coles: Wesfarmers wins the race

In a transaction worth US$18.7 billion, Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers will add supermarket group Coles to its business portfolio, marking Australia's largest ever corporate deal. With a positive outlook for Australian retail, the new owner is confident it is creating a business with good growth opportunities, despite short term challenges in turning Coles around.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jul 2007
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Carrefour: focusing on non-food

Carrefour's first half results follow the pattern of recent years, with the retailer struggling in France while generating strong growth abroad. The hypermarkets remain the company's Achilles heel, which the retailer seeks to address with a focus on non-food. Moreover, Carrefour aims to speed up its portfolio optimization strategy and will set up a property vehicle.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2007
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Tesco: weaker UK performance offset by progress abroad

Against expectations that its interim results would be substantially weaker than a year ago, Tesco has delivered impressive growth of 9.2% to GBP24.7 billion in the six months to August. While performance in the UK has been less impressive, it is balanced by encouraging international results and should recover form as ongoing investment programs deliver returns.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2007
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Seiyu: striving for profit under Wal-Mart

With seven years of retail deflation, followed by three years of only mild inflationary pressure, trading in the Japanese market has been difficult over recent years. Furthermore, competition in the grocery sector, to which Seiyu is highly exposed, has been particularly intense. However, not all of Seiyu's problems can be put down to economics: many stem from attempts to 'Wal-Martise' the company.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Oct 2007

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