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Woolworths: tricky times ahead as sales slide

The World Cup has led to many retailers suffering a blow as consumers stay indoors to watch matches as opposed to hitting the high street. However the football tournament also serves as a convenient excuse for retailers needing to explain weak trading figures.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2006
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Woolworths: Ladybird to spread its wings

Woolworths plans for standalone and shop-in-shop stores for the Ladybird brand in the UK forms part of the retailer's plans to develop the brand as a global operator. However, it faces tough conditions in the UK market and this strategy is unlikely to build up the retailer's market share significantly.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2006
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Woolworths: back to basics

Woolworths' new CEO, Steve Johnson, has outlined a strategy for turning the ailing retailer's fortunes around by focusing on the customer, store disciplines, product availability and value perceptions, while also simplifying the business. While these initiatives are essential to put the business on a stable footing, they may only prolong Woolworths' survival, rather than ensure its future.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Sep 2008
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Woolworths faces fundamental challenges despite return to profit

After disastrous results a year ago, it was imperative that Woolworths returned its core retail business to profit. However, while Woolworths met this target; it did so by the narrowest of margins. Looking ahead, there is considerable scope for Woolworths to improve margins further, although turnover is set to shrink as the retailer downsizes and relocates stores.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2008
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Womenswear: UK market enters new cycle

The UK womenswear market is entering a new cycle following the shakeout of weaker operators. The ubiquity of the leading operators on the high street and women's appetite for more aspirational and exclusive product is leading to greater opportunities for new entrants.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Aug 2007
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Women switch to online retailers for larger clothes sizes

Sales of large sizes of women's clothes on the high street dropped 2.8% to 61.6% of total women's clothing sales in the 12 weeks to November 2005 compared to last year, while online and mail-order sales rose 1.2%. As the figures suggest, the high street may be failing to provide everything this demographic seeks.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2006
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Will the Wembley discount outlet be an own goal for retailers?

A number of big retailers are reported to be in talks to become tenants of London's first designer outlet. Discount outlets are usually developed in out-of-town areas in order to protect retailers' full-price stores, but by locating the London Designer Outlet near the city's iconic Wembley Stadium, developer Quintain Estates is signaling a change in retailers' perception of the format.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2011
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Whistles: bought by Jane Shepherdson

Jane Shepherdson has completed a deal with Baugur to purchase Whistles, separating it from Mosaic Jane Shepherdson's acquisition of a stake in the fashion retailer will surely provide the support needed for Whistles to grow. However, the future will be a challenging one, with the brand operating in a unique segment of the market and the loss of Mosaic resources likely to have cost implications.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2008
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Westfield London may take share of wallet from London's West End retailers

Westfield London has been in development for 15 years and offers an impressive retail experience, yet it could not have opened at a worse possible time. Although the strong mix of retailers and services offered will help it to attract custom, with consumers taking a measured approach to their shopping, any money going through the tills will come at the expense of spending elsewhere.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2008
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Verdict on the credit crunch: clothing

For the clothing & footwear sector, 2008 has already been a difficult year, with high profile retailers such as mkone, Stead & Simpson and Dolcis going into administration. Moreover, with media coverage of the world's economic woes further compounding consumer concerns, the outlook continues to be tough. As a result, retailers in this sector will have to work harder to convince consumers to spend.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2008

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