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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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Adili: investment program drives sales but causes loss

In its results for the year to April 30, 2008, which was also its first financial year as a public listed company, ethical e-retailer Adili achieved impressive sales growth of 436%, giving it total sales of GBP354,000. However, the retailer also made a loss of GBP1.59m, which means that it will need to prioritize profitability without reducing key investments.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2008
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Amazon and eBay: net gains and losses

Amazon and eBay have reported contrasting sets of results, with Amazon enjoying a 14.5% sales uplift in the three months to June 30, 2009 while eBay's marketplace sector reported a 14.0% decline for the same period. With eBay set to continue shifting its offer away from auctions towards fixed price items, it has to strike a balance between its new strategy and keeping its core smaller businesses.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2009
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Amazon.com: growth at a cost

Amazon.com has reported fourth quarter sales of $3.99 billion, up significantly on the $2.98 billion it achieved a year previously. Although revenue growth continues to be fast despite Amazon's large size and relative maturity, profits are a different story. Fourth quarter earnings remain low, falling by half to $98 million, and margins are likely to stay low for the foreseeable future.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2007
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Amazon: biting off more than it can chew?

Amazon has announced its entry into the UK food & grocery market, extending its comprehensive non-food proposition to include over 22,000 food & grocery lines. While the pureplay has made it clear that its offer is at the earliest of evolutionary stages, Verdict believes that it is highly unlikely to have a significant impact on the UK food & grocery market in its current incarnation.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jul 2010
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Amazon: powering ahead

Online retailer Amazon has reported that group sales rose 35% to $2.89 billion in the three months to 30 June 2007. This was accompanied by its operating margin more than doubling to 4.1%. With the slew of heavy investment now firmly behind it and a range of initiatives coming into place - including a digital music download platform - the future looks bright for Amazon.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2007
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Amazon: solid Q1 performance

US e-tailer Amazon has reported robust uplifts in both sales, and crucially, profits in the three months to March 31. Both its domestic and international divisions delivered sound performances - shrugging off fears of declining consumer confidence. As the benefits of its recent move into new product areas filter through, the recovery of Amazon's bottom line is set to continue.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2007
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Amazon: time to grow up

Amazon's net income fell 43% to $199 million in the fourth quarter, despite a 20% rise in sales. As a maturing business, Amazon needs to strengthen its initiatives on maintaining and boosting margins or lose out to heightened competition in the online arena.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2006
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An extra life for the pre-owned games market?

Following a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that software authors cannot oppose the resale of licenses, the games industry now has to work out what the consequences will be. The ruling comes at a time of evolution in the supply of video games to customers, placing games retailers at risk of losing out on the lucrative pre-owned market.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2012
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Armani: new e-store marks another missed opportunity in luxury e-commerce

Giorgio Armani has launched an e-shop at Armani.com, offering delivery to 27 countries in Europe, plus Hong Kong, China, Japan, the US, and Canada. Having developed the e-shop with third-party provider Yoox, the Italian fashion retailer has revealed a rather unimpressive proposition, and becomes the latest entry to a long list of luxury houses taking a rather half-hearted approach to e-commerce.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2011

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