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Woolworths faces fundamental challenges despite return to profit

After disastrous results a year ago, it was imperative that Woolworths returned its core retail business to profit. However, while Woolworths met this target; it did so by the narrowest of margins. Looking ahead, there is considerable scope for Woolworths to improve margins further, although turnover is set to shrink as the retailer downsizes and relocates stores.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2008
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Verdict on the credit crunch: clothing

For the clothing & footwear sector, 2008 has already been a difficult year, with high profile retailers such as mkone, Stead & Simpson and Dolcis going into administration. Moreover, with media coverage of the world's economic woes further compounding consumer concerns, the outlook continues to be tough. As a result, retailers in this sector will have to work harder to convince consumers to spend.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2008
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Valentino: retirement brings new opportunity for the brand

Italian designer Valentino will step down in January 2008 after a final ready-to-wear and couture season. This announcement comes just three months after the acquisition of Valentino Fashion Group by private equity group Permira. Despite losing its figurehead, the Valentino brand still offers Permira the opportunity to benefit from continued strong growth in the luxury goods market.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2007
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Valentino: acquisition target

Permira has paid EUR780 million for a 29.6% stake in the Valentino Fashion Group, with the intention of taking control. However, with shares divided among the Marzotto family and a rival bidder on the horizon, the process could be troublesome and expensive, but Permira considers the prize worth it.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2007
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The White Company: doing all white

The White Company has announced results which show sales holding up well, despite the difficulties facing its core customer. The company's statement demonstrates that through innovation, strong branding and adding value, premium retailers can continue to grow during the recession. As conditions deteriorate further in 2009, it will be crucial for The White Company to maintain this strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2009
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The Gap: more of a hurdle than a gap

Ongoing disappointing sales for US apparel retailer Gap are impacting on its share price. In the face of an increasingly competitive clothing market, Gap needs to regain the attention of its core market segment of 20-30 year olds by developing its product offering beyond t-shirts and khakis.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2001
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The Arcadia Group: young fashion thrives while mainstream brands struggle

The Arcadia Group reported a 6.1% drop in operating profit for its 2007/08 financial year, underlining how tough the mid-market sector is as profits fell despite record sales from Arcadia's young fashion brands. Nevertheless, the group's operating margin remains strong, and with growth opportunities both at home and internationally, Arcadia is well positioned for the future.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2008
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Ted Baker: a tale of two halves

Ted Baker revealed sales growth of just 1.8% in its Q3 2008 results, as it was hit by the effects of the economic crisis intensifying. The retailer's weaker growth was largely a result of the poor performance of its wholesale arm, which reported that sales had fallen by 21%.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2008
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Tchibo's revitalization program fails to make an impact

Tchibo's sales have continued to contract, profits are down, and the management have continued to blame the discounters. Furthermore, with more and more store closures, and one failing initiative after another, the outlook for this beleaguered retailer is bleak.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2008
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Sports Direct: Chinese expansion should prove profitable

Sports Direct has announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with ITAT in China through which it will sell some of its sports brands via ITAT's larger stores. Although this will cost the company GBP20 million, it does give Sports Direct access to the rapidly expanding Chinese market and promises future high returns.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2008

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