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Merchant Retail: standalone success

Merchant Retail has attributed its 27% pre-tax profit rise to the success of is Perfume Shop chain store. Disappointing results from its department stores means that the group is likely to concentrate on the cosmetics sister to The Perfume Shop that is currently being trialed as well as the further expansion of its Perfume Shop chain.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2003
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Boots: back to basics

Boots is to continue with its GBP100 million cost and price cutting measures and focus on its core offering in an attempt to halt its profits fall. However, with the well-being trend still prominent in Europe, it could be turning its back on a lucrative opportunity.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2003
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Superdrug: a new headache for general insurers

Superdrug has announced that it will sell general insurance policies through its nationwide network of 730 stores. The arrangement results from a partnership signed with the broker Insure and Go and will involve the sale of personal and, innovatively, commercial cover. The new arrival to the market is poised to place further downward pressure on rates and harm the margins of traditional insurers.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2005
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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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Superdrug: sexing up sales

Consumer reaction to Superdrug's decision to introduce a line of sex toys into its mainstream stores will be monitored carefully by rival retailers. The range, made by SSL International and called 'Play', was rejected by Boots after senior management voiced concerns over possible damage to its brand image. However, this move may have given Superdrug a competitive advantage.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2005
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UK retail: car-free Oxford Street not just for Christmas?

Christmas shoppers heading for London's West End will enjoy a little respite from petrol fumes and overcrowded pavements on December 17, when Oxford Street closes to traffic. Indeed, a growing number of retailers believe that permanently freeing the street of traffic is the only way to make sure shoppers regard it as an attractive alternative to more pedestrian-friendly out-of-town destinations.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Dec 2005
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Procter & Gamble: D&G deal sweetens fragrances portfolio

Procter & Gamble has moved further into the world of luxury fragrances by agreeing to produce perfumes for Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. Despite this move into a highly competitive market, the combination of P&G's global reach with Dolce & Gabbana's marketable name will prove to be a lucrative one.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Dec 2005
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UK Health and Beauty: grocers widening their lead as sector consolidates

The UK's grocery retailers are widening their lead in yet another non-food market; health and beauty. In 2005 health and beauty expenditure through grocers was GBP800 million more than through specialists. According to Verdict Research, over the next five years grocers will gain a 50% share of the total health and beauty market, a fact the specialists should be taking seriously.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2005
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UK retail: bargains drying up for private equity

According to the City law firm Eversheds, the appetite amongst private equity investors for involvement in the retail sector remains healthy, despite the general pessimism over retail sales from most quarters. However in the current low growth environment, the fast-return retail bargains of previous years are becoming increasingly few and far between.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jan 2006
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BRC figures positive, not indicative of retail recovery

Despite fears of a slowdown in sales on Britain's high streets, the British Retail Consortium has reported that total retail sales in December 2005 were 6% up on the year before, the best result for any month since May 2004. However these figures should be treated with some caution as they do not account for the myriad exceptional factors influencing Christmas trading this year.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2006

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