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Inditex: space expansion, inventory management bolsters growth

Inditex, an international clothing retailer and a leading fashion chain in Europe, is spreading its fashion empire throughout the world and outside of its traditional European market - and producing strong space expansion and net profit growth alongside this.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Dec 2006
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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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Gap: rocky start to 2008 could hamper recovery

The January sales have bought little cheer for international fashion chain Gap. Its turnaround program has struggled to gather positive momentum, with same-store sales down 2% in January following a disappointing Christmas. Going forward, Gap will be keen to lay the foundations for a more positive year ahead, but with the global economy still rocky, the company has its work cut out.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2008
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Luxury goods: past investment will pay off in 2008

LVMH continued to ride high on the wave of interest in luxury goods during 2007, with total revenues for the 12 month period up 8% to E16.5 billion. Although 2008 is shaping up to be a tougher year for luxury manufacturers and retailers, for those that have invested in brand and geographic diversification, the year need not be as bad as some might fear.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2008
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PPR: outstanding 2007 performance

French group PPR achieved strong growth in 2007; overall revenues grew by 16.1% to E19.8 billion, or 7% on a like-for-like basis. As the group's 2007 operations were impacted upon by the acquisition and integration of Puma, it is clear that the company has not taken its eyes off the ball. Although PPR's future outlook is broadly positive, worries remain about Conforama and Redcats.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2008
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Benetton: Latin American conquest begins with Sears Mexico alliance

Italy's Benetton has formed a strategic alliance with department store chain Sears Roebuck de Mexico as part of its aim to expand the company's presence through new stores and concessions. The deal with Sears Mexico will increase the distribution of the United Colours of Benetton brand in the country, and forms the first step towards expansion in Latin America.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2008
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Gap: expansion opportunity lies south of the border

Gap is set to boost its presence in Mexico after signing a franchise agreement with the leading Mexican department store chain, Liverpool. The US clothing giant aims to ramp up its international presence through franchise agreements and close the gap on its key rivals Inditex and H&M, which have both expanded abroad extensively in recent years.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2008
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Inditex: flouting the downturn

Inditex has so far proved resilient against the consumer downturn, with net income for the first nine months of 2008 up 2.0% to E843m on the back of a buoyant trading performance, and sales up 11.0% to E7.3 billion. Despite slumping consumer confidence, the company's core fast fashion concepts are trading comfortably and Inditex has refrained from the deep discounting resorted to by its rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2008
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Logistic service providers shift focus to capitalize on growing Asian fashion industry

DHL has announced a new 'Fashion and Apparel Center for Excellence' in India and has created a gateway to the emerging logistics market in the continent. Through this move, DHL will not only facilitate trade in the slowing economies of Europe and North America, but also have an opportunity to tap into the growing Asian market, as it becomes a hub for the fashion and apparel industry.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Mar 2009
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Inditex: solid sales and expansion growth in 2008

Inditex, Europe's largest clothing retailer, has so far managed to avoid the worst of the current economic crisis, registering strong sales growth in 2008 on the back of sustained rapid international expansion. It is well positioned to tackle an even tougher 2009, but a weaker outlook for European retail could pose difficulties for a retailer that receives the bulk of its sales from the continent.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2009

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