Latest Intelligence on Convenience Stores, Neighborhood Stores and Gas Stations in United Kingdom

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UK forecourt shops: per site sales to reach E771,000 by 2007

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Somerfield: Kwik exit for convenience

Somerfield's [SOF.L] decision to lose the Kwik Save brand in Scotland will allow the retailer to concentrate on its Mace convenience stores, in line with similar moves by the giants of the grocery retail sector. As supermarkets see their margins tighten, because of intense competition in the sector, this diversification gives them a new growth area.

Published By Datamonitor
06 May 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Londis: still waiting for its knight in shining armor

Given that convenience store retailing is a major growth area, Londis shareholders may be right to hold out for the best offer they can. The Lancelot offer valued Londis at GBP3 million more than a recommended offer by Musgrave, but shareholder groups are determined to maximize their returns by recommending the latter.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2004
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Expert View

Soaring stress levels drive British consumers to splash out on premium treats

British consumers spent a total of GBP920 million on premium treats and comfort foods in 2003. With consumer expenditure on premium indulgence set to increase by 27% to GBP1.2 billion in 2008, Datamonitor's Lawrence Gould suggests the treating occasion represents an opportunity to capitalize on consumers' desire for quality over value for money...

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Somerfield: shoppers move out, suitors move in

UK supermarket and c-store chain Somerfield [SOF.L] saw like for like sales down 0.4% for the 2004/5 financial year, citing fierce competition and toughening UK retail conditions. To complicate matters further, Somerfield is also the subject of intense takeover speculation, something that will make its efforts to fend off rivals such as Tesco more challenging still in the short-term.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

BP/Marks & Spencer: top marks

BP has announced plans to join forces with Marks & Spencer to pilot eight Simply Food stores on the forecourt from Autumn 2005. While at first glance M&S's upscale food proposition may seem an unlikely fit with fuel sales, Simply Food has been a major success in the UK c-store space, and its arrival on the forecourt is a logical move.

Published By Datamonitor
26 May 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Commercial fuel retail: fuel cards lead the way in Europe

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Tesco/BP: superpower petrol

Tesco has bid for 30 of Wm Morrison stores on BP forecourts in a move that would see the UK supermarket giant expand its convenience store network. Although the buy could conflict somewhat with BP's forecourt deal with Marks & Spencer, Tesco is unlikely to be deterred: the chance to unite with one of the most high profile brands in fuel retail is an opportunity too good to miss.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 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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Neighborhood shops are the new retail winners

The arrival of the major grocers in the UK's small store arena is driving improved sector performance, with neighborhood shops growing sales per square foot faster than their high street or out-of-town rivals. To counter the threat posed by supermarket giants such as Tesco, smaller convenience stores need to improve their service offerings and position themselves as the hub of local communities.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2005

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