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H&M: strong UK position provides sales turnaround

Europe's largest clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz announced yesterday that it had met its goal of reversing a two-year slide in same-store sales by introducing more tailored garments and designer collections. The fact that H&M's UK business delivered sales growth ahead of space growth in the first six months of 2005 also bodes well for the retailer's full year.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Dec 2005
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Hobbs: growth potential

UK womenswear retailer Hobbs has reported a strong sales growth rise for the crucial three-month Christmas trading period. Continued sales growth at the upper middle market fashion multiple confirms that despite a subdued clothing market, a retailer with a niche, well-targeted offer, aimed at consumers who are insulated from short-term fluctuations in consumer spending trends, can still prosper.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2007
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Hobbs: new appointments raise questions

Hobbs has appointed Nicky Dulieu as finance director and Liz Davies - the former wife of George Davies - as design and buying director. The appointment of Liz Davies raises the question of a whether this heralds a change of direction for Hobbs, because of her strong association with George Davies - the driving force behind George at Asda and Next.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2006
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Hobbs: plenty of room for expansion

Since the arrival of chief executive Nick Samuel five years ago, upmarket fashion retailer Hobbs' topline performance has gone from strength to strength. The retailer said that the terror attacks on London "decimated" sales, but an expansion program is likely reduce Hobbs' dependency on the capital and boost sales further in 2006.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2006
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House of Fraser: defies economic slump

House of Fraser is performing well against the backdrop of a difficult retail environment due to the effective strategic decisions made by its new management. The department store reported a strong Christmas and has now revealed encouraging half year results. However, its latest sales were significantly boosted by new stores in Belfast and High Wycombe.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Aug 2008
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Ideal Shopping Direct: will change in strategy aid sales?

Ideal Shopping Direct, which sells online as well as through its TV shopping channels, reported a loss of GBP3.6m before exceptional items for full year 2008. Following changes on the executive board and a strategic review, the remote retailer has identified several areas upon which it can improve in 2009. However, it remains to be seen whether this will work against a bleaker economic outlook.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2009
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Inditex: further growth on the horizon

Much of Inditex's recent sales growth has been achieved through aggressive store expansion: the clothing retailer had 3,245 stores at the end of Q1, up 15.6% on the same date a year ago. More than 80% of these stores are in the EU and the retailer still has much potential for further growth in the region.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2007
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Inditex: solid sales and expansion growth in 2008

Inditex, Europe's largest clothing retailer, has so far managed to avoid the worst of the current economic crisis, registering strong sales growth in 2008 on the back of sustained rapid international expansion. It is well positioned to tackle an even tougher 2009, but a weaker outlook for European retail could pose difficulties for a retailer that receives the bulk of its sales from the continent.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2009
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Internacionale/Au Naturale is the latest value retailer to go under

Value womenswear and homewares retailer Internacionale Limited has entered administration. The group, which operated Internacionale and Au Naturale stores, is facing difficult conditions in both of its market sectors, as are many of its rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2008
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J.Crew pop-up shop sets the scene for UK autumn arrival

J.Crew's pop-up shop, open for just two days in London's King's Cross, serves as an introduction to the brand for UK consumers, prior to its flagship launch on Regent Street in November. The retailer's emphasis on product quality and sharp design detailing will help to justify its high price points, which position it firmly in the premium to luxury end of the UK clothing market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2013

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