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Carrefour: speculation intensifies as private equity moves in

Mirroring speculation concerning Sainsbury's future in the UK, value currently locked into Carrefour's considerable property portfolio could be freed up. Although a property disposal program would increase short-term returns, it could threaten the shaky recovery initiated under Jose Luis Duran's stewardship of the retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2007
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Rompetrol launches brand new name in French fuel retailing

Rompetrol has announced that it is to apply the Rompetrol brand to a French highway service station and plans to use it as a test case before further rollout of the name. This step is certainly prudent but, ultimately, the price of the fuel and the location of the chosen sites will be the core drivers of its retail success, with the brand having minimal bearing on motorists' decision to visit.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2007
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Carrefour: new Brazilian champion

Carrefour has taken the top spot in Brazil after acquiring discount - hypermarket operator Atacadao for E825 million. The acquisition makes eminent sense, as it complements the retailer's presence in the country and enables the French giant to rebrand some of its underperforming outlets. Looking ahead, Brazil - and other emerging markets - should deliver strong sales uplifts for Carrefour.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Apr 2007
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Kesa: stepping up expansion will be crucial

Buoyed by strong market conditions, in particular high demand for flat-panel TVs, electricals retail group Kesa has delivered another strong trading update. However, in light of tough comparatives with 2006 and more aggressive expansion plans by larger rivals - Metro and DSGi - Kesa may need to step-up its ambitions if it is to maintain momentum.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2007
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Poweo: French retail partner may be hard to find

With the French energy market due to open up to competition in July, Poweo appears to be searching for retail partners in order to help it break into this heavily guarded sector. However, as consumer groups are urging people to stay with their incumbent supplier and as Poweo's strategy holds limited benefits for retailers, this may not prove successful.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2007
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Inditex: further growth on the horizon

Much of Inditex's recent sales growth has been achieved through aggressive store expansion: the clothing retailer had 3,245 stores at the end of Q1, up 15.6% on the same date a year ago. More than 80% of these stores are in the EU and the retailer still has much potential for further growth in the region.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2007
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DSGi: Eldorado no longer an option

After assessing the economic and political risks of entering the Russian retail market, DSGi has shelved plans to exercise its option to buy 10% of Russian retailer Eldorado. In light of the mixed trading performance that DSGi is currently experiencing across its European operations, exposing itself to a potentially risky acquisition could have proven to be a step too far for the retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2007
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Majestic Wine: quality results

Wine specialist Majestic Wine has reported an 11.0% uplift in sales and a 4.9% increase in like-for-likes in the year to April 2, 2007. Its strong focus on fine wines has helped bolster profitability for the fourteenth consecutive year - up 14.1% to GBP16.2 million. Its highly knowledgeable staff, solid expansion strategy and increasing multichannel credentials position it well for future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2007
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Kesa: BUT divestment raises expansion opportunities

As the European electricals market turns to consolidation and rivals DSGi and Metro ramp-up their expansion, Kesa is at risk of being left behind. The opportunity to divest BUT, its non-core French furniture operation, could raise the finance Kesa needs to accelerate its expansion, particularly in under-developed markets, and mount a greater challenge to larger rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jul 2007
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Poland: new retail laws could give service stations more business

The Polish government has passed legislation to increase the number of statutory holidays for workers within the retail sector. However, while some have argued that this new law automatically spells bad news for supermarkets, it is likely that they will be able to partially counter any negative effects by selling consumer products through their service stations, which are exempt from the new law.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2007

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