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Topps Tiles: retreat to reinforce?

Topps Tiles has announced that for the 26 weeks to March 28, 2009, total sales declined by 13.0%, with like-for-like sales falling by 18.5%. These results reflect a significant deterioration in trading conditions in both the retailer's British and Dutch operations, with particular question marks surrounding the long-term financial viability of the latter.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2009
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UK garden center market: recession providing fertile ground for growth

Dobbies' recent announcement that total sales in the 2008 financial year grew by 12% is a reflection of the fact that garden centers are benefiting from consumers becoming increasingly prudent with their spending. The results and the trend that they reflect point to a favorable outlook in both the short and long term for garden centers if they can differentiate themselves as specialists.

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2009
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HRG: Argos defies expectations as Homebase's woes continue

Home Retail Group has announced that its main fascia, Argos, has experienced better than expected recent trading, with like-for-likes declining by only 1.6% in the final eight week trading period of the financial year ended February 28, 2009. However, sister chain Homebase has continued to struggle, with like-for-likes declining by 10.2%.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Mar 2009
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Kingfisher: ahead of expectations, but concerns remain

Underlining the severity of the consumer downturn in home-related markets, Kingfisher has posted a sharp decline in sales for its core UK business, B&Q, and delivered a mixed bag of results across its international operations. While the pound's weakness helped inflate sales in many foreign markets, the drivers of consumer sentiment remain weak, making further positive gains increasingly difficult.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2009
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Travis Perkins: building a strong defense

Despite relatively robust results for the 2008 financial year, Travis Perkins has announced that significantly deteriorating trading conditions are beginning to take their toll across the whole group. However, the group is keenly primed to take advantage of capacity coming out of the market, and is set to emerge from the current economic crisis in a position of relative strength.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2009
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Les Mousquetaires: rebranding and expanding

French group Les Mousquetaires, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2009, is planning significant expansion in a bid to capitalize on recent amendments to a law previously prohibiting store developments in France. Furthermore, it is rebranding its grocery chains in a bid to refresh its image and become a major player in the French grocery market.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jan 2009
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Home Retail Group: time to take the money and split?

UK home and general merchandise retailer Home Retail Group has announced that, for the 18 weeks to January 3, 2009, like-for-like sales at its Argos and Homebase subsidiaries declined by 7.5% and 10.2%, respectively. These poor results are further evidence of the negative impact that the current economic climate is having on consumer confidence and thus discretionary spend.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2009
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Topps Tiles: succumbs to market downturn

UK tile market leader Topps Tiles has announced an 18.3% decline in like-for-like sales for the first seven weeks of the new financial year on the back of a significant decline in the trading environment. With market conditions set to deteriorate further and new competitors emerging, trading is set to become tougher still; however, Topps Tiles is still in a good position to compete.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Nov 2008
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Home Retail Group: plunges to first half loss as sales slide

Home Retail Group, owner of Argos and Homebase, has reported a pre-tax loss of GBP437m for the 26 weeks to August 30, after taking an exceptional charge of GBP549m related chiefly to a write-down in Homebase's value. With the group particularly exposed to the housing market downturn and facing increasing competition from Asda and Tesco, trading conditions are set to become even more challenging.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Oct 2008
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Christmas 2008: shoppers spending more, but buying less

Despite the current financial crisis, UK shoppers are expected to spend more this Christmas than last. However, this extra spend will be driven by the higher cost of food and, faced with a more expensive Christmas feast, consumers will be selective, reducing both food shopping and gift purchasing. This means that retailers will have to fight much harder for a share of consumers' Christmas spend.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Oct 2008

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