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Small fuel distributors in Italy should take alternative action to raise profits.

Small fuel distributors in Italy should look at non-fuel options to raise their profits, mirroring the success of this strategy in other markets and mitigating against the negative impact on profits from the high cost of absorbing fuel discounts.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2012
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Kesa: sales improvements driven by Darty

Electricals retailer Kesa has seen solid revenue growth in H1, with an uplift in both retail profits and margins. While Darty remains the strongest performer of the group, its Comet brand continues to flounder. Consequently, Kesa has accelerated the rollout of the Darty concept across its European stores, and is investing the bulk of its capital expenditure in further boosting the brand.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Dec 2010
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TOTAL and ERG: joint venture creates Italy's third-largest fuel retailer

TOTAL and ERG are to merge their fuel retail and refining operations in Italy, to form a joint venture known as TotalERG. The deal will enable both companies to cut production costs and minimize distribution expenses, two areas that are both vital for survival in a service station market characterized by a high density of sites and low fuel throughputs.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2010
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Gruppo Coin: going Upim the world

Gruppo Coin has cemented its position as Italy's leading clothing retailer with its acquisition of department store chain Upim. The deal will provide a significant boost to the group's turnover, which combined with the ongoing revitalization and international expansion of its fast-fashion chain OVS, should help sales breach the E2 billion mark in the next three years.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2010
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Carrefour: consolidating its Italian fascias

As part of its strategy to unite its brands across its entire European network and boost flagging sales in Italy, Carrefour plans to reformat all GS and DiperDi stores in Italy to Carrefour Market and Carrefour Express outlets, respectively. The retailer hopes that the outperformance of the convenience sector and its strong brand will help to lead Carrefour Express to success.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2009
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Gruppo Coin: battling through the downturn

Gruppo Coin, Italy's largest department store group, has reported solid results for the first half of the year, despite its core market remaining in recession. The group's resilience lies in the strategic repositioning and new concessionary offer of its department stores, combined with aggressive expansion of its fast-fashion chain OVS, which puts it on the path for growth at home and abroad.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2009
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Lukoil: breaking into Italy

Lukoil has set its sights on acquiring a 5% share in the Italian fuel retailing market following a joint venture with ERG in the ISAB oil refinery in Sicily. The move will allow Lukoil to consolidate its position in Europe, as well as boosting competition in a market that has historically been difficult to enter.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2009
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Pharmacy liberalization on hold: a sign of things to come?

While the EU's decision to halt the process of pharmacy liberalization is clearly based on the merit of one specific case (namely Doc Morris, the leading European online pharmacy), it could herald a sea change in terms of EU decision making. The move away from excessive deregulation towards a slower and more considered approach will bring both costs and benefits for EU consumers and patients.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2008
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Metro: Q3 performance better than expected

Metro's Q3 sales grew 7.1% to E47.8 billion, with domestic sales up 2.0% and international sales up 10.6%. On a positive note, the repositioning of Real in Germany has shown encouraging results. Yet while Metro's results are holding up, the secondary effects of the credit crunch are becoming visible and the future outlook appears rather bleak, especially for Metro's operations in Eastern Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2008
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DSGi unveils radical business overhaul

DSGi has announced its financial results for the 53 weeks to May 3, 2008, during which period it achieved 8% growth in total group sales but only a 1% gain in like-for-like sales. Furthermore, gross margins across the group were down on a like-for-like basis by 0.7%. As a result the electricals specialist has outlined a far-reaching business review that is designed to turn the ailing group around.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2008

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