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B&Q: a home improvement project

Kingfisher's UK arm, B&Q, has been severely impacted by the tough conditions plaguing the DIY market, while also facing stiffer competition from rivals. The planned refurbishment of its Warehouses, if executed properly, could enable B&Q to benefit from an upturn in the DIY market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2006
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B&Q: in need of repair

Kingfisher has reported that like-for-like sales at its B&Q DIY chain fell 9% in the 13 weeks to January 28. B&Q is facing several problems - discounting to attract customers is hitting margins, and DIY has fallen out of fashion amongst younger home owners who prefer to use professional builders.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2006
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B&Q: teaching the world to DIY

A boom in private housing is fuelling a new market for home decoration changing the way the modern Chinese shop. But China has yet to become a 'DIY market' and B&Q has the immense challenge in transforming the consumer culture from 'buy it yourself' to 'do it yourself'.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2006
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BP/E.ON: European energy giants get more focused

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2001
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BP: PKN buys sites in northern Germany

BP has escaped part of a potential write down on its Veba acquisition. Regulators demanded that the oil major shed 5% of its retail market share and a refinery stake - failure to find buyers would entail costly site closures for BP. PKN will struggle to realize short-term value, but could benefit from a downstream upturn.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Dec 2002
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BP: shedding stations

Tough conditions in Hungary and Slovakia have prompted BP to shed its newly acquired Aral service stations in these countries. Although it has also sold two stations in Poland to Jet, BP is adamant it will remain in this market. Staying would be wise: the company has a good position as the largest foreign player, and has identified more attractive prospects.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2002
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BP: still no suitors for German sites

While many companies have window shopped in Germany, few are reaching for their check books to buy BP's 800 sites and 45% stake in the Bayernoil refinery. Finding a buyer is imperative for BP to meet antitrust rulings should the company fail to find an acquisitor, it may have to consider repackaging the assets or, in the worst-case scenario, closing sites.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2002
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BPAmoco: out with the old, in with the new

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2001
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Brandon Hire: room for home improvement

Brandon Hire has said that a number of bidders have come forward since its announcement of a management buyout. Although chief executive Charles Skinner would not be drawn on the identity of potential bidders, it is thought that rivals Speedy Hire are leading the field. As a relatively small player, Brandon has considerable scope for expansion, particularly in the household arena.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2006
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BRC figures positive, not indicative of retail recovery

Despite fears of a slowdown in sales on Britain's high streets, the British Retail Consortium has reported that total retail sales in December 2005 were 6% up on the year before, the best result for any month since May 2004. However these figures should be treated with some caution as they do not account for the myriad exceptional factors influencing Christmas trading this year.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2006

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