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Comet sees its future in the stores

Comet has had a torrid few years, culminating in its sale from Kesa to OpCapita in February. However, the electricals retail chain's rehabilitation program is continuing, based on waves of aggressive promotions following a major cost-cutting program.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Aug 2012
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Dwell: not resting on its laurels

The aspirational furniture retailer Dwell is set to open its 23rd outlet at the Lakeside Retail Park. This opening will continue its recent expansion program, which has led to seven new stores opening since January 2011. With this expansion and its affordable, contemporary offer, Dwell has been one of the better performing retailers in a challenging market.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Aug 2012
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Tesco: testing foodservice with Taylor Street coffee chain

By investing in a joint venture to learn from the upmarket coffee chain Taylor Street, Tesco is highlighting the increasing interest of grocers in the foodservice sector. The retailer has learned from the unsuccessful standalone venture of competitor Sainsbury's and will take a more subtle role in researching the market before possible entry.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Aug 2012
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Topshop's South African expansion highlights potential of market

With growth slowing in more mature markets, Arcadia is set to launch Topshop/Topman franchise stores in Johannesburg and Durban later this year demonstrating the attractiveness of the country and the market entry potential for other UK clothing brands.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2012
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Chanel: pop-up store will benefit from the influx of Olympic tourists

Following the arrival of a number of other pop-up stores in the Covent Garden area, Chanel has opened its first UK pop-up store on the main piazza, just in time to benefit from the increased footfall in London driven by the Olympics. As well as stocking the full range of Chanel beauty products, it also boasts a first-of-its-kind nail bar.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jul 2012
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Oddbins highlights retailers' Olympic concerns

A recent "marketing counter-strike" by Oddbins against the Olympics is the latest story to highlight non-sponsors' general feeling of frustration about the fact that they cannot use the games as a way of boosting sales, particularly after a lackluster first half of the year. However, Olympic endorsement is not the only way that they can capitalize on the influx of tourists to London for the games.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jul 2012
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Retailers must mobilize to reap the benefits of 4G networks

Bidding for high speed mobile data "4G" licenses will not begin until next year according to UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, and it does not expect carriers to start providing services until the end of 2013. However, the much delayed launch of 4G services will redefine the way that mobile devices are used in retail decisions, and retailers need to prepare for the change.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jul 2012
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Consumers falling out of love with M&S

As M&S announced declines in both total and like-for-like sales in its core general merchandise category in Q1 2012-13, it also revealed a shakeup in its management structure, including a key exit. The retailer needs to inspire female shoppers and execute its existing strategy more successfully to regain its prominence.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2012
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JJB continues its uphill struggle as Euro 2012 fails to ignite sales

JJB sports has reported weak results as the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship failed to give the retailer the much needed boost in sales it expected. The business, which is in the middle of a turnaround strategy, must address the competitive pressures that it faces in order to return to growth in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2012
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N Brown: focus must be maintained following shock departures

In its update on July 3, 2012, N Brown surprised many by announcing that both its chairman and chief executive, as well as two other non-executive directors, will be standing down. So many high-profile departures at the business raises questions as to why they are occurring, and with N Brown now facing a period of substantial change, it must ensure that it stays focused on its core business.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2012

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