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Argos knocks MFI off top spot to become furniture market leader

A new report published this week by retail analysts Verdict Research, part of the Datamonitor Group, reveals that catalogue retailer Argos is set to become furniture market leader, taking the top spot from MFI, which has reigned over the market for more than 20 years. Furthermore, Verdict expects that MFI - which came under new ownership in 2006 - will also fall behind DFS and Ikea.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Dec 2006
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Argos: expanding into small store format

Argos' announcement that it is to open its first smaller convenience store in Cricklewood later this month, with plans for up to 35 outlets, further demonstrates the flexibility which has underpinned the retailer's successful multi-channel, multi-format strategy. But, with competition from the likes of Tesco and Asda heating up, Argos faces a more challenging future.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2006
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Armani: boosted by brand extension

With consolidated sales growing 9% Armani's results confirm the business' achievements in brand extension. However, some doubts remain over whether the company's independent status positions it well to exploit opportunities in new growth markets as successfully as it has exploited opportunities in new product categories.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2007
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Armani: new e-store marks another missed opportunity in luxury e-commerce

Giorgio Armani has launched an e-shop at Armani.com, offering delivery to 27 countries in Europe, plus Hong Kong, China, Japan, the US, and Canada. Having developed the e-shop with third-party provider Yoox, the Italian fashion retailer has revealed a rather unimpressive proposition, and becomes the latest entry to a long list of luxury houses taking a rather half-hearted approach to e-commerce.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2011
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Armani: still going it alone

Giorgio Armani denies he is considering selling his eponymous business. The question of succession comes to any fashion company closely associated with its designer, however at Armani, the creative force, Mr Armani himself, is also the business force. Having built up a global operation worth over E4.0 billion in worldwide retail sales, the question of who will succeed him becomes pressing.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2007
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Asda Living: rolling out more stores

Asda has announced plans to open 20 new Asda Living stores over the next 12 months. The rollout of Asda Living stores has been slow, with just seven opening since the first was launched two and a half years ago. This announcement suggests the retailer is now happy with the format and more confident of its potential. However, finding suitable sites will remain a challenge.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2007
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Asda Living: rollout plans build pace

Asda has appointed a managing director for its Asda Living unit. For three years Asda has talked of grand plans for its Living format, but has so far opened only 10 stores. While there remain obstacles ahead, the retailer's appointment of an MD for the business unit is a positive move and takes Asda a step further to realizing its ambition for a 300-store estate.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2007
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Asda may struggle to make small discount stores profitable

Asda is planning to open a new chain of hundreds of small local discount stores across the UK. While the move is an important strategic shift for the largely out-of-town retailer, as well as a timely one, the scale of this challenge should not be underestimated even for a retailer with Asda's track record and resources.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2005
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Asda responds to consumer demand for quality with mid-tier re-launch

Following flagging like-for-like sales, Asda has announced the re-launch of its mid-tier own-brand offer under the Asda Chosen By You name, including 500 new and 1,000 reformulated products. Verdict believes that the grocer's initiative will help it appeal to those consumers looking to trade up, and will provide a solid foundation from which it can improve perceptions of its proposition's quality.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Sep 2010
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Asda/Wal-Mart: following Tesco's lead

Depot-based fulfillment is no longer generally considered a good model in online grocery retailing. Store picking is viewed as more cost-effective. But Asda's announcement is not a sign of failure. The company only invested GBP4 million in the depots, and is now in a position to put up a serious challenge to Tesco with its revamped eCommerce operation.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2002

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