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A tough Christmas beckons for retailers, but the worst may already be over

There is no doubt that 2005 has been a dreadful year on the high street and as the festive season approaches, most retailers are extremely cautious about their prospects. However, while the economic news has been highly discouraging for those retailers awaiting an upturn in their fortunes, according to retail specialists Verdict there may soon be light at the end of the tunnel ...

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2005
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Baugur/Woolworths: stake building fuels takeover talk

Baugur's revelation of its 7% stake in Woolworths has fueled speculation of a takeover. Both the value and traded volume of Woolworths shares have been high, amid speculation that the chain had possibly attracted Asda's attention. The size of Baugur's stake in the company is likely to catch the City off guard, and will convince many interested parties that Woolworths is now effectively in play.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2006
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Baugur: Hamleys goes global

Baugur's plans for setting up franchises in the Middle East, India and China follow the launch of Hamleys' first international outlet in Denmark last year. Hamleys is an internationally recognized toy retailer, so it makes sense to tap into new markets to further grow the brand and achieve significant scale.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jul 2006
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Baugur: hits the iceberg

Icelandic investment group Baugur has fallen into administration, casting doubts on the future ownership of much of the UK high street. While there are likely to be opportunities for rival investors and retailers to pick up stakes in some highly covetable assets - other fascias will prove much harder to sell.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2009
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BRC figures positive, not indicative of retail recovery

Despite fears of a slowdown in sales on Britain's high streets, the British Retail Consortium has reported that total retail sales in December 2005 were 6% up on the year before, the best result for any month since May 2004. However these figures should be treated with some caution as they do not account for the myriad exceptional factors influencing Christmas trading this year.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2006
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Game Group: making a Christmas comeback

Game Group surprised investors by reporting much-improved trading over the holiday period, helped by last minute air freight deliveries of Sony's PlayStation Portable consoles. The release of several new consoles this year should keep sales up, but the company will be competing against other retailers keen to increase their market share.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2006
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Halfords plans eastern European expansion

Halfords has unveiled plans for expansion into eastern Europe and a chain of dedicated bike shops under its Bikehut brand, as it announced a GBP50 million share buy-back over two years. With its domestic market approaching maturity, Halfords' move to broaden its horizons is a sensible step intended to tap into a potentially significant but as yet underserved market.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jun 2006
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Halfords: positive results and bright outlook

Halfords has started 2007 on a positive note, posting solid uplifts in both sales and profits for the first six months of the trading year. With the retailer continuing to execute its business proposition successfully and to leverage its scale advantages through low prices and range depth, it seems likely that Halfords will continue to build market share going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2007
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Hamleys: bullish rival too much to bear

Hamleys has agreed to sell its 'interactive' stuffed toy retailer the Bear Factory for an estimated $41.4 million in cash. The decision to sell would have been a difficult one for Hamleys, but the toy retailer had to choose between saying farewell to its bear business or squaring up to its weightier US rival, Build-a-Bear Workshop.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Mar 2006
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Ideal Shopping Direct: will change in strategy aid sales?

Ideal Shopping Direct, which sells online as well as through its TV shopping channels, reported a loss of GBP3.6m before exceptional items for full year 2008. Following changes on the executive board and a strategic review, the remote retailer has identified several areas upon which it can improve in 2009. However, it remains to be seen whether this will work against a bleaker economic outlook.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2009

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