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A tough Christmas beckons for retailers, but the worst may already be over

There is no doubt that 2005 has been a dreadful year on the high street and as the festive season approaches, most retailers are extremely cautious about their prospects. However, while the economic news has been highly discouraging for those retailers awaiting an upturn in their fortunes, according to retail specialists Verdict there may soon be light at the end of the tunnel ...

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2005
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Ahold touted as rumored Tesco target

Tesco shares fell three pence to 315p yesterday amid market rumours that the company may make a significant acquisition in Europe. Brokers are reported by The Times to have been unconvinced by suggestions that the retailer will join with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to bid for Ahold, with others suggesting Carrefour as a more credible target.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2006
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Ahold/Peapod: bricks, clicks and groceries

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2001
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Ahold: the last days of Disco

Scandal-ridden Ahold can't afford any more nasty surprises, so it's focusing on mature markets. For a healthier firm, however, Ahold's South American businesses are a strong opportunity. Emerging markets specialist Tesco understandably decided in March not to buy out the struggling Dutch company - but its Brazilian unit could be another story.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2003
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Aldi: strong UK prospects dampened by rivals

A 10% rise in sales and an operating profit increase of 110% in the UK and Eire show the merits of Aldi's strategy to re-align itself with a more quality-led proposition. However, Aldi remains a small player in a market dominated by incumbent players.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2006
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Aldi: upmarket move in the right direction

Aldi's plans to reposition itself through the introduction of more premium lines and by communicating value for money rather than simply low prices is a step in the right direction. The retailer's recent sales uplifts are evidence of its success, and the strategy fits in with Aldi's future expansion plans.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Mar 2006
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Alpha Airports: takeover heralds further consolidation

Alpha Airports has approved a GBP193.6 million takeover by Italy's Autogrill. Autogrill's proposed purchase of Alpha Airports follows a week of activity, which has seen fast-food operator Autogrill building up its stake in the UK-based airline services firm. The move will provide Alpha with necessary scale on a global level to compete in the fast-growing and consolidating airport services market.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2007
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Asda may struggle to make small discount stores profitable

Asda is planning to open a new chain of hundreds of small local discount stores across the UK. While the move is an important strategic shift for the largely out-of-town retailer, as well as a timely one, the scale of this challenge should not be underestimated even for a retailer with Asda's track record and resources.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2005
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Asda/Wal-Mart: following Tesco's lead

Depot-based fulfillment is no longer generally considered a good model in online grocery retailing. Store picking is viewed as more cost-effective. But Asda's announcement is not a sign of failure. The company only invested GBP4 million in the depots, and is now in a position to put up a serious challenge to Tesco with its revamped eCommerce operation.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2002
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Asda: a deal for life

Asda's decision to sell life insurance is a bold attempt to catch up with rival chains, which have stolen a march on it in the sale of financial products. The strategy could also prove beneficial for life providers, who will see it as a means of broadening their customer base.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2003

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