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007 comes to physical video's rescue

The British Video Association has revealed that total video sales were up 10.1% in Q1 2013, with physical increasing by 7.2%. This goes against the trend of continued decline, but should only be seen as a minor - and artificially inflated - fillip rather than a recovery, with digital (including streaming) continuing to gain ground at a rapid rate (55.1% over the same quarter a year ago).

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2013
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2009 will see the worst high street growth on record

Pressure on the high street will not ease after Christmas and is set to intensify in 2009. Excluding sales at grocery multiples and over the internet, high street retail spending will shrink by over 4%, the largest drop in over 40 years. Negative growth at a time of increasing costs could potentially wipe GBP3.6 billion off the collective profits of leading retailers in 2009.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2008
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2011 was nothing for retailers to write home about

2011 was a challenging year for retail, particularly for those in home-related sectors. A stagnant housing market prevented many first-time buyers from getting on the property ladder, and homeowners were reluctant to sell in a buyer's market.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jan 2012
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A tough Christmas beckons for retailers, but the worst may already be over

There is no doubt that 2005 has been a dreadful year on the high street and as the festive season approaches, most retailers are extremely cautious about their prospects. However, while the economic news has been highly discouraging for those retailers awaiting an upturn in their fortunes, according to retail specialists Verdict there may soon be light at the end of the tunnel ...

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2005
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Abercrombie & Fitch: will it be another Gap story?

US casualwear brand Abercrombie & Fitch opened its first store outside North America on March 22 in London. The company plans to open flagship stores in other European cities, as well as in Japan, as it grows into a global brand. The question is whether it will achieve success with its typically American style or end up with Gap's core problem - being unable to adapt to different markets.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2007
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Accessories still a must-have market

Accessories are less price sensitive than clothing, occupy less square footage and so offer a higher sales density. It is therefore unsurprising that the sector is becoming increasingly competitive as a growing number of retailers look to make their mark. A new report from Verdict Research explains how retailers can maximize their presence in the UK fashion accessories market...

Published By Datamonitor
09 Mar 2006
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Adili: investment program drives sales but causes loss

In its results for the year to April 30, 2008, which was also its first financial year as a public listed company, ethical e-retailer Adili achieved impressive sales growth of 436%, giving it total sales of GBP354,000. However, the retailer also made a loss of GBP1.59m, which means that it will need to prioritize profitability without reducing key investments.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2008
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Ahold touted as rumored Tesco target

Tesco shares fell three pence to 315p yesterday amid market rumours that the company may make a significant acquisition in Europe. Brokers are reported by The Times to have been unconvinced by suggestions that the retailer will join with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to bid for Ahold, with others suggesting Carrefour as a more credible target.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2006
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Ahold/Peapod: bricks, clicks and groceries

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2001
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Ahold: the last days of Disco

Scandal-ridden Ahold can't afford any more nasty surprises, so it's focusing on mature markets. For a healthier firm, however, Ahold's South American businesses are a strong opportunity. Emerging markets specialist Tesco understandably decided in March not to buy out the struggling Dutch company - but its Brazilian unit could be another story.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2003

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