Latest Intelligence on Retailing in France

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Michelin: war creates unexpected backlash

Michelin has been the subject of aggressive attempts to drive away its custom by groups seeking to persuade US citizens to boycott French products, in the aftermath of France's fierce opposition to the war on Iraq. However, many of the products specifically targeted are in fact made in the US.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Shell: partial "au revoir" to French service stations

Intense competition from hypermarkets, which are prepared to sacrifice margins on petrol for business in their stores, has been a key factor in Shell's departure from the French market. Hypermarkets seem favorites to take a lion's share of its sites, given that finding a buyer amongst the oil majors may be a tough task.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Carrefour: domestically challenged

Following a disappointing set of results, Carrefour needs to shape up its act. The company has developed a strategy based on price alignment, divesting retail formats in low-performing markets. However, a question remains over whether it can re-attract customers lost to discounters and other chains perceived as offering better value for money.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Commercial fuel retail: fuel cards lead the way in Europe

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2005
Expert View
Expert View

Kingfisher: feeling the full force of UK retailing slowdown

Leading home improvement retailer Kingfisher has displayed evidence of the full force of the slowdown in big-ticket spending in the UK as B&Q's profits more than halved during the third quarter. Chief executive Gerry Murphy said he did not expect the home market to improve until late 2006, however this cautious forecast comes from a man who is not afraid of making big decisions...

Published By Datamonitor
02 Dec 2005
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L'Oreal: looking forward to handsome sales

Jean-Paul Agon, CEO designate at L'Oreal, has promised a return to the stellar growth the company has for so long enjoyed, highlighting strong prospects in men's toiletries and those aimed at older women. Today's consumers are more concerned about health and appearance than previous generations and, fortunately for L'Oreal, they are prepared to pay a premium to preserve both.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

MFI: in need of grand designs?

MFI has negotiated the GBP92 million sale of its French business Hygena Cuisines to Nobia in a deal that could allow it to stave off an emergency cash call on investors. However the real test for the retailer now lies in how it chooses to restructure itself. With much of the competition coming from the lower end of the market, MFI needs to focus on extending its upmarket appeal.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2006
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CommentWire

L'Oreal/Body Shop: ethical benefits outweigh risks

The idea of The Body Shop being bought out by an international cosmetic company would have been unthinkable a few years ago. However times and consumer trends move on, and the ethical and natural credentials of the beauty retailer make it a strong proposition in today's market. Now, with L'Oreal's resources and marketing expertise behind it, The Body Shop looks set become a major global brand.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2006
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CommentWire

New Look: furthering its French foray

New Look chief executive Phil Wrigley says there will now be a second phase of trials of New Look stores outside the UK. New Look already operates the 228-strong Mim chain in France, and the retailer is examining how the two chains could work alongside each other. This cautious expansion plan should generate further growth prospects in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2006

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