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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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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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Amazon and eBay: net gains and losses

Amazon and eBay have reported contrasting sets of results, with Amazon enjoying a 14.5% sales uplift in the three months to June 30, 2009 while eBay's marketplace sector reported a 14.0% decline for the same period. With eBay set to continue shifting its offer away from auctions towards fixed price items, it has to strike a balance between its new strategy and keeping its core smaller businesses.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2009
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Amazon: investing in the future

Online retailer Amazon has reported a net income of $22 million against $52 million in the same quarter last year. But, despite this blip in profits the retailer has increased sales, diversified its product offer to capture a wider audience, and has invested heavily in technology to maintain an advantage through innovation.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2006
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Amazon: powering ahead

Online retailer Amazon has reported that group sales rose 35% to $2.89 billion in the three months to 30 June 2007. This was accompanied by its operating margin more than doubling to 4.1%. With the slew of heavy investment now firmly behind it and a range of initiatives coming into place - including a digital music download platform - the future looks bright for Amazon.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2007
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An extra life for the pre-owned games market?

Following a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that software authors cannot oppose the resale of licenses, the games industry now has to work out what the consequences will be. The ruling comes at a time of evolution in the supply of video games to customers, placing games retailers at risk of losing out on the lucrative pre-owned market.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2012
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Baugur/Woolworths: stake building fuels takeover talk

Baugur's revelation of its 7% stake in Woolworths has fueled speculation of a takeover. Both the value and traded volume of Woolworths shares have been high, amid speculation that the chain had possibly attracted Asda's attention. The size of Baugur's stake in the company is likely to catch the City off guard, and will convince many interested parties that Woolworths is now effectively in play.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2006
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Beleaguered music & video retailers look to HD DVD and downloads to revive depressed market

UK music & video retailing is poised for a revival as consumers adopt HD DVD technology and retailers strengthen their downloading services. Although the market is set to shrink for the third year running in 2007 - by 2.9% to GBP4 billion - the prospects for remaining specialists are brighter now that many weaker players have exited the market.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Oct 2007
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Best Buy: Napster is its best buy

US electricals retailer Best Buy has purchased Napster for GBP67.5 million as part of a strategy to expand its online presence and reach new customers. By enhancing its digital music offer, Best Buy can exploit the synergies with partner Carphone Warehouse to take advantage of the growth potential of the mobile music download market, while mounting a serious challenge to the supremacy of iTunes.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Sep 2008
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Blockbuster: DVD giant beats predictable retreat from Europe

Blockbuster, the struggling US DVD retailer, is said to be looking for ways to pull out of Europe. Tough market conditions have forced Blockbuster to reconsider its presence in peripheral markets and focus on its core market at home in an attempt to turn the business around.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2006

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