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UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2013: why the sector winners stand out

John Lewis may have been the leading name in the roll call of winners at last week's Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards, but the Verdict poll of 5,900 consumers also revealed the winning retailers within individual sectors. Verdict's analysts give their insight into why these retailers stood out to their customers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2013
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Cold weather puts GBP450m of UK gardening market on thin ice

With heavy snow and flood alerts across the country over the weekend, the gardening sector could be impacted by poor weather conditions similar to those that caused it to decline sharply last year. As the key Easter weekend approaches, another poor spring could have severe ramifications for a sector forecast to be one of retail's most buoyant in 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2013
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DIY superstores shed space

Homebase aims to close around 40 stores as leases expire by February 2017, in yet another example of big box DIY specialists actively reducing their store portfolios. Reducing total sales space is a sensible strategy with multi-channel becoming more important, but retailers must ensure that they balance reductions without losing sales.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2012
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Homebase's social media strategy has a magnolia finish

Homebase has ramped up its social media strategy in a bid to drive sales amid tough market conditions; however, Verdict believes that its strategy is actually a step backward from its earlier innovations. While social media can be used to drive sales, the retailer's decision not to integrate its social media activities into its transactional website is a missed opportunity.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2011
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Christmas 2010: the best Christmas for retailers since 2007

Verdict Research forecasts that Christmas 2010 will be the best Christmas for retailers since the recession hit in 2008, despite the impending government spending cuts and associated job losses. Consumers are set to spend an extra GBP1.6bn this year compared with Christmas 2009, with clothing, food & grocery, and health & beauty producing the largest increases.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Nov 2010
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Kingfisher: franchising scheme to lead to swift expansion

The UK-based Kingfisher is set to introduce a franchise model as part of its long-term growth plans, which are to be announced in the first quarter of 2011. This initiative will enable Kingfisher to expand quickly, reduce the impact of difficult trading conditions in the UK and increase its hold over the European market.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Oct 2010
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VAT rise: another damper on already cautious spenders

While the UK government's move to increase VAT to 20% in January 2011 will reduce volumes and add to inflationary pressures in retail, the effect will be minimal given that consumer spending habits are already changing, with shoppers being more cautious and value-conscious. As retailers pre-empt the VAT increase to prepare shoppers, Verdict expects to see prices rise in the latter half of 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2010
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Gardening blossoms in the economic downturn

While discretionary demand has plummeted against the backdrop of rising unemployment, spiraling debts and the end of the culture of easy credit, increasing consumer austerity and a trend towards 'grow your own' saw expenditure on gardening products rise 10% in 2009 to GBP4 billion. As spending on DIY products remains weak, the big four DIY superstores are now looking to capitalize on this trend.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2010
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UK retail loyalty schemes: an increasingly powerful weapon

Barclaycard's announcement of the forthcoming launch of its Freedom loyalty scheme is a reflection of the increasing use of such initiatives by UK retailers. Loyalty programs can act as important footfall drivers and the data derived from them can allow for important consumer insight. However, it is important that their use is made attractive to consumers and retailers alike.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2010
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UK DIY specialists: diversifying to survive

The Big Four DIY specialists have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in 2009, following significant like-for-like declines in 2008. This has very much been driven by range diversification and transferred spend; demand in core DIY categories remains stagnant and smaller independents with a high exposure to these categories these are still struggling.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2009

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