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Zara/New Look: heading to India for growth

For clothing retailers, the UK market presents endless challenges - a low growth market, rising operating costs, and increasing competition. Clothing retailers are therefore looking for new growth opportunities and India, since the relaxation of its foreign entry regulations, has become an attractive target because of its huge growth potential.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Sep 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Yoox: e-retail competition will be fierce in China

Italian e-retailer Yoox has announced plans to launch dedicated online shops for China, in order to tap into a rapidly growing luxury market and to reduce its dependence on Europe. The Chinese market is enticing due to rising affluence and increasing internet penetration. However, China already has several established e-retailers, necessitating a shrewd, competitive approach from Yoox.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Dec 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Woolworths: price check service adds little value for customers

The new price checking feature on Woolworths' website allows consumers to look up prices for more than 5,000 grocery items. This feature is an important step towards improved transparency by retailers, but it does little in the way of improving the customer experience or ensuring that they obtain the best deal when shopping.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Woolworths' Masters Home Improvement aims to teach Bunnings a lesson

Competition between two of Australia's largest retailers, Woolworths and Wesfarmers, is set to focus on the DIY sector with the launch of Woolworths' big box chain Masters Home Improvement later this year. Woolworths' impact on the DIY market will depend on its ability to differentiate itself from market leader Bunnings, which has already adapted its strategy in preparation for the showdown.

Published By Datamonitor
06 May 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

Woolworths and IGA: supermarkets go local

Independent grocery network IGA recently launched an advertising campaign emphasizing the local individualism of each of its 1,000 independent stores. The launch came days after Woolworths announced it would clearly label its range of Tasmanian produce. Supermarkets are increasingly tapping into the 'local' trend, driven by consumers' desire to support and feel part of their community.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Watsons: competition in Chinese personal care retail space heats up

Competition in the Chinese personal care retail space is increasing, with Watsons and Mannings both expanding rapidly. The two drugstores offer the right mix of variety, quality, brand image and value for money, but future success will depend on their ability to continue evolving with the ever-changing consumer preferences in this dynamic market.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2010
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Wal-Mart: Korean exit is no sign of international retreat

Wal-Mart is to sell its loss making South Korean operations to Shinsegae for $884 million. The sale of the 16 superstores marks Wal-Mart's first withdrawal from an international market since launching its overseas expansion in the early 1990s. Although this particular venture has been scrapped, the retailer is still keen on international growth.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Wal-Mart: fight prices but befriend suppliers

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jan 2001
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CommentWire

Wal-Mart: exiting South Korea

Wal-Mart has announced the sale of its South Korean business to Shinsegae for around $882 million, in a move reflective of recent developments as global retailers have struggled to impact upon this difficult Asian market. Wal-Mart's withdrawal from the region also signals that joint ventures are perhaps a better option for those looking to invest in certain Asian markets, as illustrated by Tesco.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2006
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CommentWire

Wal-Mart: entry into India secured

The venture between Wal-Mart and Bharti will begin with a focus on food & grocery, but could lead to a host of non-food products in the future. The scale of the opportunities means Wal-Mart cannot afford to fail in India. It needs to ensure that it is totally in touch with India's highly diverse and fickle consumers if it is to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2006

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