Latest Intelligence on Department Stores

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Debenhams: peer pressure

Debenhams continues to struggle, revealing a 4.0% fall in UK like-for-like sales over the 19 weeks to January 13. It should have been able to make more of favorable trends over the key Christmas trading period but rival department stores have left it in their shade.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2007
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Beales: results not yet reflecting improvements

Mid-market department store Beales has reported a drop in like-for-like sales for 2006. However, the retailer is making progress towards modernizing its image and providing a tangible point of difference for its customers in an increasingly competitive and consolidated sector. The challenge for the company is to translate business improvements into sales growth.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jan 2007
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Sears: CFO walks after just four months in job

The announcement of CFO Craig Monaghan's early departure from Chicago-based Sears Holdings offered no explanation and raises questions about the company's current strategy. Rather than focusing on generating cash, the business now needs to look at generating sales growth as well.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2007
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Marks & Spencer: neat pension fund arrangement

At the end of March 2006, Marks & Spencer, like many businesses, had a deficit in its pension scheme of GBP704 million, but has come up with an innovative method of repaying this deficit. Other retailers should take note - though many will be unable to follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2007
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John Lewis: heavyweight competition gets heavier

John Lewis is planning major expansion for both its Waitrose and department store businesses. With several rivals also expanding, the department store sector is set for a major shake-up in the next few years, and John Lewis' growth will create new challenges for the other leading players.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2007
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John Lewis Partnership: overseas growth can wait

It's been a long time coming, as John Lewis Partnership's management is keen on saying, but their five year effort to reshape the business is bearing fruit. Sales were up 10.6% for the year to January 2007 and the company tops Verdict Research's ranking of customer satisfaction. This will aid its expansion in the UK, but the company should not allow itself to become overambitious.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Mar 2007
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Debenhams: pragmatic approach to recovery

UK department store Debenhams has revealed disappointing results for the half year to March 3. Having to report to a skeptical City that like-for-like sales for the past six weeks are down by 6.9% is not easy, but Debenhams' management is taking a pragmatic line and is approaching its growth strategy on all levels - not just the continual space expansion of previous years.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2007
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Mosaic: challenges facing 'superbrand' groups

While annual 2006 sales at Mosaic Fashions have increased by 5% to GBP853.3 million, the integration of Rubicon's Warehouse and Principles brands has not come without cost. However, its existence as a 'superbrand' group, with numerous heavyweight retail brands, allows Mosaic to reduce risk across its businesses. Nevertheless, this model carries other challenges that Mosaic must overcome.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2007
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Jones Apparel Group: Barney's disposal unlikely

Jones Apparel Group, owner of department store business Barney's New York, has announced its results for the quarter ending April 7, 2007. Despite virtually flat growth, selling off the department store business - one of its more successful units - to boost income could have serious repercussions further down the line.

Published By Datamonitor
03 May 2007
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KarstadtQuelle: diversification ongoing

On the back of strong full year results and the merger of its travel unit Thomas Cook with MyTravel, comes KarstadtQuelle's strategic decision to invest in non-store retailing. The acquisition of HSE24 by the German retailer promises strong future growth, as home shopping is set to become more important in Europe and Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2007

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