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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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Carphone Warehouse: needs to remember its roots

With its vision to become a major UK communications player, Carphone Warehouse's ambitions stretch far beyond the high street where it started out. However, it should be careful not to lose sight of its heritage - in the UK retail stores remain at the foundation of its brand and, in the short-term, an essential channel to market.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2006
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Christmas 2010: the best Christmas for retailers since 2007

Verdict Research forecasts that Christmas 2010 will be the best Christmas for retailers since the recession hit in 2008, despite the impending government spending cuts and associated job losses. Consumers are set to spend an extra GBP1.6bn this year compared with Christmas 2009, with clothing, food & grocery, and health & beauty producing the largest increases.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Nov 2010
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Dixons dazzles for DSG

Yesterday's Christmas trading update from DSG International reinforced a recent role reversal among the group's two longest running UK fascias, Currys and Dixons. For several years, Dixons has struggled to grow sales from expensive high street locations but over Christmas it was the star performer, eclipsing improved sales at Currys.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2006
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Dixons: expanding online operations

Dixons is to expand its product range from 10,000 items to more than a million as it launches an entertainment range, selling CDs, DVDs, games and books. The move could prove a compelling proposition despite intensifying competition in the entertainment market, which is learning to cope with price deflation, legal downloading and weaker demand.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Nov 2006
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Dixons: virtual demise of electrical retailer

Dixons is to lose its high street presence after nearly 70 years with the rebranding of its 190 outlets as 'Currys.digital' by June. The Dixons brand will become an online-only operation. This rebranding exercise does nothing to change the economics of electricals retailing on the high street and could even hasten its decline.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Apr 2006
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DSG: buying into online retail

Retail group DSG International has begun negotiations to acquire Dabs.com, one of the UK's best-known internet retailers. The success of online sales in the GBP2 billion electricals sector, which is growing by 30% every year, has prompted DSG to move away the high street and align itself with internet retail.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2006
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DSG: disposing of The Link will further multinational ambitions

DSG's proposed sale of The Link mobile phone chain to O2, which already owns 40% of the 300-store retailer, will give O2 key sites from which it can sell its phones directly to consumers. If the proposed sale goes ahead, it will mark the latest step in DSG's plans to focus on its strongest divisions.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2006
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Game Group: making a Christmas comeback

Game Group surprised investors by reporting much-improved trading over the holiday period, helped by last minute air freight deliveries of Sony's PlayStation Portable consoles. The release of several new consoles this year should keep sales up, but the company will be competing against other retailers keen to increase their market share.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2006
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Game Group: non-specialist competitors gain ground

The leading independent games retailer Game Group has issued a profit warning as gamers waiting for new consoles to arrive on the market hold off on purchases. With limited scope to diversify into other product areas and a growing number of non-specialist competitors encroaching on its territory, Game needs to exploit the festive season to develop an appeal beyond its core customer base.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2005

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