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Woolworths: shuffling deckchairs on the Titanic?

Woolworths is failing to capitalize from consumers wanting to shop more cheaply, as other value retailers benefit from price conscious shoppers choosing to trade down and make their purchases more locally. With both sales and margins falling, the retailer is in a perilous position as it approaches the key Christmas period without a chief executive.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jul 2008
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Woolworths: online is the future

Following Tesco and Asda's recent announcements that they are to stop stocking CD singles, Woolworths has revealed that it will also stop selling CD singles in its remaining 400 stores that stock them. The retailer's announcement not only signifies another nail in the coffin of the physical single, but also another escalation in an increasingly fierce digital-download market.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2008
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Woolworths: multichannel strategy unlikely to solve problems

Woolworths has reported that first half like-for-like sales at its eponymous high street chain have dropped by 8.3% - despite an undemanding -4.0% comparative. While the company is fighting back with a multichannel strategy and a new focus on childrenswear, these are high risk ventures that are unlikely to deliver significant sales uplifts.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Sep 2006
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Woolworths: looking for a sales lift

Woolworths' annual profits fell from GBP54.9 million to GBP43.7 million before tax and exceptional items. The company has reported that Christmas spending did not continue into the new year, and that it faces tough market conditions. The company will need to work hard to lift sales and boost margins this year.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2006
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Woolworths: last roll of the dice?

The odds on a break-up of Woolworths shortened as the UK's biggest general merchandise retailer was forced to announce a profit warning in the middle of the crucial Christmas Trading season. While Woolworths will not be the only retailer to struggle this Christmas, its options for rebuilding the business are very limited.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Dec 2006
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Woolworths: Ladybird to spread its wings

Woolworths plans for standalone and shop-in-shop stores for the Ladybird brand in the UK forms part of the retailer's plans to develop the brand as a global operator. However, it faces tough conditions in the UK market and this strategy is unlikely to build up the retailer's market share significantly.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2006
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Woolworths: breaking up under pressure

Woolworths is under immense pressure from supermarkets, online retailers and more focused specialists. A radical proposal from parent Baugur to break up the business by spinning off the entertainment and publishing divisions and rationalizing its high street store estate could help to save the beleaguered retailer from the intense competition it faces.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Sep 2006
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Woolworths: back to basics

Woolworths' new CEO, Steve Johnson, has outlined a strategy for turning the ailing retailer's fortunes around by focusing on the customer, store disciplines, product availability and value perceptions, while also simplifying the business. While these initiatives are essential to put the business on a stable footing, they may only prolong Woolworths' survival, rather than ensure its future.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Sep 2008
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Woolworths faces fundamental challenges despite return to profit

After disastrous results a year ago, it was imperative that Woolworths returned its core retail business to profit. However, while Woolworths met this target; it did so by the narrowest of margins. Looking ahead, there is considerable scope for Woolworths to improve margins further, although turnover is set to shrink as the retailer downsizes and relocates stores.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2008
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Woolwich: giving high flyers access to the property market

Barclays' Woolwich unit has created a new mortgage for professionals who wish to borrow over GBP500,000, based on the expectation of a bumper bonus in the spring. While the product may prove popular with these consumers, allowing them to get a foot on the property ladder before prices rise even higher, they should be wary of pinning their financial hopes on a bonus that may not materialize.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2006

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