Latest Intelligence on Retailing in China

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ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Specialty spirits: China is the most promising market

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

BP: targeting 1000 service stations in China

BP is catching up with rival, Shell, in penetrating the Chinese fuel retailing market. With fast growth forecast, the oil majors are all trying to get in on the action. BP hopes to have 1000 sites, putting it ahead of the other international players. Currently BP owns 30 stations and manages a further 100; gaining more than 500 over the next three years seems a real challenge.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Wal-Mart: China in its hands

Wal-Mart has announced plans to double its number of outlets in China to tap into a liberalizing market. Despite regulatory relaxation, the chain intends to continue investing in partnership with Chinese players rather than via solo ventures. Yet such an approach appears prudent, enabling Wal-Mart to reassess in the future if its stores prove successful.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2005
Expert View
Expert View

Tesco's India foray too much too soon?

Talks are underway between Tesco and India's Bharti Enterprises over a possible grocery chain joint venture in India's GBP145 billion a year retail market. While the move is consistent with Tesco's strategy of entering emerging markets with fragmented competition, many are already questioning the wisdom of a foray into India whilst Tesco also strives to build a presence in the US and China.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Mar 2006
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Best Buy looks to widen horizons

US-based electrical goods retailer Best Buy is looking to build upon its existing international operations in Canada and China, CEO Brad Anderson has said in an interview. However he added that his stores were unlikely to appear in mature markets such as western Europe: this is sensible given that India or Latin America are likely to offer much brighter growth prospects.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

H&M: looking for growth opportunities

H&M has announced expansion plans of at least 100 stores during the rest of the financial year. The company will enter into new markets in the Far East, and aims to launch a new higher-priced store concept in addition to expanding the product assortment in existing H&M stores. These initiatives should help the retailer improve on its current performance.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2006
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Expert View

Gome: survival of the fittest

Given the recent influx of foreign companies, it is not surprising that China's leading electricals retailer Gome has chosen to merge with a smaller rival to consolidate its position. However, the Chinese market is changing and domestic retailers will have to improve their retail competencies if they are to maintain market leading positions.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Wal-Mart: Chinese expansion

The US retailer has successfully outbid a host of foreign and domestic rivals - including Tesco, current market leader Carrefour and domestic operator Lianhua - to buy Trust-Mart, which will enable it to more than double its presence in one of the world's fastest growing economies. This landmark deal plays a crucial role in Wal-Mart's revised international strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Oct 2006
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CommentWire

Belle Holdings: IPO likely in late 2006

Belle Holdings operates and owns 2,400 footwear stores in mainland China and Hong Kong and is expected to seek to raise at least US$200 million from an initial public offering in Hong Kong later this year. This will enable it to finance rapid expansion in the fast expanding retail market in mainland China as well as develop its wholesale business further.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Rakuten: Chinese expansion won't solve problems

Is online shopping coming of age? Rakuten, a leading online shopping group in Japan, certainly thinks so. With the market showing classic signs of maturity, it is now looking to China to beat the slowdown in domestic demand. Though this seems sensible, Rakuten's business model will be hard to replicate in overseas markets.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2007

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