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UK retail: competition authority must think of consumers' best interests

The Women's Institute is lobbying the UK Competition Commission to scrutinize all food retailers with a market share above 1%. However, while the WI's motivation may be positive, consumers are clearly keen on the benefits that supermarkets can bring and their wishes should not be ignored.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2006
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UK retail: cold snap brings hopes of Christmas cheer

John Lewis indicated that sales had surged in the past five weeks, providing hope that Christmas trading may be better than last year. The company's sales last week rose by 5.8 % to GBP62 million against a year ago. While the performance must be encouraging for John Lewis, its rivals must still be hopeful that the Christmas spirit cold weather engenders will drive consumers into the shops.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2005
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UK retail: car-free Oxford Street not just for Christmas?

Christmas shoppers heading for London's West End will enjoy a little respite from petrol fumes and overcrowded pavements on December 17, when Oxford Street closes to traffic. Indeed, a growing number of retailers believe that permanently freeing the street of traffic is the only way to make sure shoppers regard it as an attractive alternative to more pedestrian-friendly out-of-town destinations.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Dec 2005
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CommentWire

UK retail: bargains drying up for private equity

According to the City law firm Eversheds, the appetite amongst private equity investors for involvement in the retail sector remains healthy, despite the general pessimism over retail sales from most quarters. However in the current low growth environment, the fast-return retail bargains of previous years are becoming increasingly few and far between.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jan 2006
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CommentWire

UK retail sales: volume down, but value up

New data from the UK's Office of National Statistics reveals that the value of retail sales in July was up 3.4% year-on-year. This data should be interpreted positively, but a media focus on month-on-month volume trends means it is unlikely to be.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2006
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UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2013: why the sector winners stand out

John Lewis may have been the leading name in the roll call of winners at last week's Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards, but the Verdict poll of 5,900 consumers also revealed the winning retailers within individual sectors. Verdict's analysts give their insight into why these retailers stood out to their customers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2013
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CommentWire

Topps Tiles: optimistic for future

Ceramic tile and woodflooring specialist Topps Tiles has announced current balance sheet strength and strong enough cash flows to return a hefty sum to its shareholders. At the same time, the retailer announced improved performance in its Q3 trading statement, following its weak start to the year, and is rightly optimistic in its outlook.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jul 2006
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CommentWire

Things are looking up for Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer looks to be making a solid recovery in the UK after being hit by the recession. UK sales growth for the 13 weeks to 27 March 2010 is in double digits across all sectors excluding food, which has resulted in total UK sales growth standing at 6.2%. However, these results are tempered by weak comparatives in 2008/09.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Apr 2010
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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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CommentWire

The White Company: another strong Christmas

For the ten weeks to December 29, 2007, total sales at The White Company increased by 12%, with like-for-like sales increasing by 7%. Both store and online sales grew strongly, rising by 17% and 27% respectively. Going forward, these results indicate that the homewares and linen retailer is on course to hit its target of generating GBP100 million in turnover by 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2008

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