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Music & video to shrink by over a third out to 2017

The UK music & video retail sector is set to contract by 39.3% out to 2017, due to lower online prices, the increasing popularity of streaming services, and digital piracy. Record labels and film studios can adjust their business models to mitigate some of the negative effects, but retailers will not have it so easy.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Nov 2012
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Polarization in the sports goods market: opportunities lie at the premium end

Over the past five years we have seen the sports goods market become increasingly polarized. Serious sports enthusiasts are looking for specialist and professional products, while leisure shoppers want needs-based products at low prices. To grow in this market, retailers must decide who their target customers are, and ensure a strong point of differentiation to fight competition and drive sales.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2012
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Supermarket business fuel cards spell trouble for fuel retailers

The rise in fuel card sales across Europe has encouraged supermarket chains to enter this lucrative and ever-expanding market. Supermarkets have realized that they can dominate, and fuel retailers will be rapidly attempting to claw back whatever consumer base they have left.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Nov 2012
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Retailer concerns delay mobile payment revolution

Mobile devices are the future of retail payments, as there are huge potential benefits in shorter transaction times and, if the customer allows, personal data, but most major retailers are likely to avoid this for the next few years. The costs and benefits of mobile payments are not yet weighted in favor of full rollout, and cash management is often cheaper than mobile and online payment security.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Nov 2012
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Health & beauty sector's light shines in challenging times

The innovation and essential nature of many products within the health & beauty retail sector will continue to provide growth opportunities despite some impact on volumes. Consumers are increasingly concerned with looking younger for longer, so spending on skincare and cosmetics remains high. An aging population will only intensify this.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Nov 2012
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Morrisons' missed messages

Morrisons' sales continue to decline, despite the grocer improving its stores and focusing more on fresh produce. Shoppers are missing the retailer's messages highlighting its "different and better than ever" credentials, and its impressive offer revamps are not being reflected in sales figures. While costs remain tightly controlled, the retailer is facing a fight in the run-up to Christmas 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2012
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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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BRC figures are a stark reminder that positive GDP growth means little to cash-strapped consumers

As the British Retail Consortium reports the worst retail sales in 11 months bar April, with like-for-like sales in October falling 0.1% on the previous year, Verdict is approaching its five-year forecasts cautiously, as the economic outlook is set to prolong the recovery of retail expenditure even further.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Nov 2012
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Comet: out of town, out of time?

Comet is on the verge of falling into administration just nine months after Kesa paid OpCapita GBP50m to take it off its hands. Its slide from prominence is the culmination of a series of bad choices that have left it lagging behind the competition. A lack of liquidity due to suppliers demanding upfront payments now puts up to 7,000 jobs at risk, with little expectation of a rescue deal.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2012
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New store format will up JD Sports' game

JD Sports will widen its customer base with its new sports performance store format. JJB's market share is up for grabs, but the move may step on the toes of Sports Direct, meaning pricing, location, and a standout offering are major considerations.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2012

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