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CommentWire
CommentWire

Austin Reed: attractive target as trends change

Austin Reed's good recent results have justified it holding out on the initial offer of 131 pence per share by property investment group Dawnay, Day. As the trends in the clothing market move towards Austin Reed's favor, the retailer is now well placed to command a higher offer from Dawnay, Day or from any other prospective buyers.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Austin Reed: changing trends assist upturn

Struggling UK retailer Austin Reed announced at its AGM yesterday an encouraging start to the year, with total retail sales increasing 7.0% and like-for-like sales increasing 9.3% for the 19 weeks to June 10, 2006. Sales within the CC brand, the re-named Country Casuals fascia, are encouraging and indicate the retailer's renewed ability to target its mature customer base more successfully.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2006
Expert View
Expert View

Australians discard domestic fashion in favor of international e-retailers

Online fashion retailer ASOS has posted impressive sales growth for FY2011, with international shipping up 141.8% year-on-year. Australian sales were especially strong, which has encouraged the retailer to set up a dedicated site for the market in 2011-12. ASOS is one of many foreign retailers looking to Australia to increase online sales due to their ability to undercut domestic retailers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

BabyKlass: opportunity in low growth market

Childrenswear is a low growth, competitive market and retailers are searching for new methods to boost sales. The use of a celebrity is perhaps a predictable route given the success of celebrity-endorsed marketing in adult clothing, however, the use of a 'child celebrity', or a celebrity's child, would be considered exploitative and so retailers are looking at other options to attract shoppers.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Baugur/Woolworths: stake building fuels takeover talk

Baugur's revelation of its 7% stake in Woolworths has fueled speculation of a takeover. Both the value and traded volume of Woolworths shares have been high, amid speculation that the chain had possibly attracted Asda's attention. The size of Baugur's stake in the company is likely to catch the City off guard, and will convince many interested parties that Woolworths is now effectively in play.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2006
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Expert View

Baugur: considering a bid for Debenhams?

Speculation that the Icelandic owner of House of Fraser may bid for Debenhams is provoking many questions about how Baugur would run the two competing retailers. Certainly many challenges exist, such as formulating a truly differentiated positioning. However, Baugur has extensive experience of managing overlapping brand portfolios and no doubt has clear ideas about its potential profitability.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2007
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Baugur: hits the iceberg

Icelandic investment group Baugur has fallen into administration, casting doubts on the future ownership of much of the UK high street. While there are likely to be opportunities for rival investors and retailers to pick up stakes in some highly covetable assets - other fascias will prove much harder to sell.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Baugur: Moss Bros interest

Icelandic investment group Baugur already owns a 29% stake in menswear retailer Moss Bros and has admitted it is considering a possible takeover offer. While the price is appealing, the prospects for significant growth in the near future are limited - which would make the move a relatively risky bet.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Baugur: tentacles spread to All Saints

Baugur's interests in UK retail, and in particular in clothing retail, expand yet further with the report that it has taken a 40% share in the fashion company All Saints. This is likely to follow the pattern of previous Baugur investments and generate even faster growth for the acquired company.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Dec 2006
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Bespoke tailors hanging on by a thread in Savile Row

The entry of Abercrombie & Fitch to London's Savile Row is the first step in what Verdict Research believes will be a gradual transition of the bespoke tailoring area to a more mixed retail use zone, raising concerns that the street's prestige will be damaged. At the same time, the shift may see some retailers benefit from increased footfall and new custom.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Dec 2005

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