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Deutsche Post DHL shifts its focus to the business-to-consumer distribution market

Deutsche Post DHL, having recently retreated from the domestic express market in the UK and France, is still very much focused on the business-to-customer channel. As more companies turn their attention towards this promising sector, this shift in the express market is creating a competitive playing field. Helping customers enhance their online presence will be key to consolidating market share.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2011
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Edgars Consolidated Stores: attracting further investment in South Africa

Private equity interest in South Africa has picked up pace in recent months. In January, locally-based private equity group Brait offered ZAR15 billion for supermarket chain Shoprite and yesterday Bain topped that with a ZAR25 billion bid for Edcon. This is the largest private equity offer ever in South Africa, but, despite the high price, the appeal of the retail group is clear.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2007
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Facebook "Wants" to strengthen its e-commerce credentials

Facebook has started trialing "Collections," its latest attempt at tapping into the e-commerce market. The service directs users to retailers' websites instead of acting as a sales channel, making this a more viable option than previous f-commerce attempts. However, such is the fickle world of Facebook that retailers should approach this new channel with a degree of skepticism.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2012
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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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HNWs start spending again, or is it investing?

Tiffany has joined other luxury goods companies in declaring an improved performance in the last quarter of 2009. However, this apparent evidence that HNWs are beginning to feel more confident in the economy may in fact be more accurately attributed to investments in tangibles.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Mar 2010
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HRG: spreading the risk

The benefits of a multi-channel, multi-fascia retail business were shown when the UK's HRG reported contrasting fortunes for its two retail brands, Homebase and Argos, over the last quarter. While there is a certain amount of crossover between the two businesses, each one's different focus helps insulate the group from poorly performing markets.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Sep 2007
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Inditex looks to new concepts in international markets

In spite of weakening consumer spend across the globe, Inditex has managed to retain its position as the world's largest clothing retailer, reporting a rise in first quarter turnover primarily on the back of new space growth. While the market outlook remains gloomy, the group continues to expand its store concepts internationally, further broadening its geographical scope.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2009
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Inditex to enter Australia and South Africa in 2011

After entering a number of new markets this year, Inditex is poised to enter the Australian and South African markets in 2011. Its plans for expansion, which include introducing global online retail platforms, will ensure that it keeps one step ahead of its international rivals, and will provide an opportunity for rejuvenation in the local clothing markets.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jul 2010
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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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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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