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John Lewis: high street king feels the strain

John Lewis, last year's shining star and barometer of UK consumer confidence, is feeling the pinch as consumers rein in discretionary spending. While sales of clothing and beauty have been resilient, homewares has taken a sharp knock, and operating profits have tumbled as the retailer campaigns harder on value against a backdrop of rising costs and muted consumer expenditure.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2008
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John Lewis: Bluewater site chosen for next foodhall

John Lewis's refurbishment of its Bluewater store will involve the conversion of the basement into new retail space, which will include the chain's first foodhall outside London. With John Lewis Bluewater's sales currently down on last year, the opening of the foodhall next summer could provide a significant boost to trading at the location, which is one of the retailer's larger stores.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2008
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John Lewis: 21st century retailing

John Lewis has managed to be one step ahead of the competition. The retailer spotted the potential for online retailing and even the dot.com bubble bursting could not deter it from its plans. Finally its investment is paying off, making it an even stronger competitor in the department store market.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2006
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John Lewis Partnership: results hit by tough trading conditions

Reporting full year results up to January 2009, the John Lewis Partnership confirmed that tough trading conditions in 2008 had impacted both of its divisions, although department store John Lewis fared worse than supermarket Waitrose. The former's operating profits fell by 27.4% and current trading indicates that there is another tough year ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2009
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Internacionale/Au Naturale is the latest value retailer to go under

Value womenswear and homewares retailer Internacionale Limited has entered administration. The group, which operated Internacionale and Au Naturale stores, is facing difficult conditions in both of its market sectors, as are many of its rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2008
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Inditex: expanding internationally to counter downturn in Spain

Spanish firm Inditex, Europe's largest clothing retailer, has reported a strong overall performance for fiscal 2007. In addition, further international expansion and the launch of a new brand will put the group in a good position to weather the storm in its domestic market, which is facing an economic downturn.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2008
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Ilva: raising expectations

On August 3, 2006, Ilva finally opened its first UK store near London after a series of delays and an unprecedented level of anticipation from competitors and customers alike. With its compelling product, solid price architecture and a store environment that sets new standards in the industry, Ilva is the most significant event in UK furniture retailing since the launch of Ikea.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2006
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Ilva: preparing to dismantle Ikea

Ilva executive chairman Martin Toogood has told The Sunday Times that the Danish furniture retailer will open its first British store this May. Ilva is confident that it will prosper at the expense of the current market leaders. Indeed, the retailer's strong statement on style and emphasis on service will fill a gap in a market that is currently suffering from a lack of innovation.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2006
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ILVA: gone and forgotten

The revelation that Danish furniture specialist ILVA is to withdraw from the UK comes as no real surprise. Since its launch, ILVA has struggled to gain a foothold in the market, making a loss before it even opened its doors. The torrid trading conditions affecting all big-ticket retailers appear to have hammered home the final nail in the coffin, accelerating ILVA's inevitable demise.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2008
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IKEA: rising to the challenge

Ikea's operating profit fell by 24.5% in the year to August 2005 while sales grew just 4.8%, causing its operating margin to drop to its lowest level for eight years. Despite the poor results, Ikea is tackling its weaknesses and is well placed to gain further market share as well as cope with new competition.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Sep 2006

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