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Woolworths: tricky times ahead as sales slide

The World Cup has led to many retailers suffering a blow as consumers stay indoors to watch matches as opposed to hitting the high street. However the football tournament also serves as a convenient excuse for retailers needing to explain weak trading figures.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2006
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Westfield London may take share of wallet from London's West End retailers

Westfield London has been in development for 15 years and offers an impressive retail experience, yet it could not have opened at a worse possible time. Although the strong mix of retailers and services offered will help it to attract custom, with consumers taking a measured approach to their shopping, any money going through the tills will come at the expense of spending elsewhere.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2008
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Watsons: competition in Chinese personal care retail space heats up

Competition in the Chinese personal care retail space is increasing, with Watsons and Mannings both expanding rapidly. The two drugstores offer the right mix of variety, quality, brand image and value for money, but future success will depend on their ability to continue evolving with the ever-changing consumer preferences in this dynamic market.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2010
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Walgreen: consolidation will benefit consumers

As the drugstore market becomes more competitive and saturated in local markets, leading US drugstore retailers Walgreen and CVS are completing acquisitions as their fastest routes to growth and to compete more effectively with non-specialists. This will undoubtedly lead to consumers benefiting from lower prices.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2006
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Waitrose: expanding its convenience offer

Waitrose has announced plans to open up to 300 new convenience stores and strengthen its ties with the health and beauty retailer Boots. The two retailers will trial selling each other's ranges, with Waitrose supplying food to Boots and Boots providing Waitrose with a health and wellbeing range. With the convenience market consolidating, the time is right for Waitrose to expand.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2009
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VAT rise: another damper on already cautious spenders

While the UK government's move to increase VAT to 20% in January 2011 will reduce volumes and add to inflationary pressures in retail, the effect will be minimal given that consumer spending habits are already changing, with shoppers being more cautious and value-conscious. As retailers pre-empt the VAT increase to prepare shoppers, Verdict expects to see prices rise in the latter half of 2010.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2010
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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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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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UK Health and Beauty: grocers widening their lead as sector consolidates

The UK's grocery retailers are widening their lead in yet another non-food market; health and beauty. In 2005 health and beauty expenditure through grocers was GBP800 million more than through specialists. According to Verdict Research, over the next five years grocers will gain a 50% share of the total health and beauty market, a fact the specialists should be taking seriously.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2005
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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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