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Debenhams: visual merchandising and customer focus to boost sales

UK department store chain Debenhams has unveiled its newly refurbished store in Uxbridge, London. Refurbished stores with improved customer service should increase sales, and the retailer's focus on own brand product with higher margin should increase profitability. However, with intense competition from both new and established players, these changes may not be enough to reassure the City.

Published By Datamonitor
31 May 2007
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KarstadtQuelle: tourism blueprint for retail?

The London listing of its Thomas Cook unit appears to have provided an indication of owner KarstadtQuelle's future plans; KarstadtQuelle CEO Thomas Middelhoff has revealed plans to float its department store chain of the same name on the London stock exchange. This would surely signal the end for the holding company - the turnaround of which the CEO was initially hired to engineer.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2007
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Beales: feeling the squeeze

Department store operator Beales has revealed a fall in first half revenues and profits. The retailer reported a 4.2% drop in sales, while profit before tax slipped 56.5% to just GBP0.88 million. Conditions in the middle market remain tough and, with performances from rivals John Lewis and Marks & Spencer back on track, Beales is struggling to create a convincing point of differentiation.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2007
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Debenhams: seeking international relationships

Department store operator Debenhams is believed to have had tentative discussions over a potential merger with a large European retailer. Speculation has focused on Germany's Karstadtquelle, France's Galeries Lafayette and Italy's Rinascente - any of which could help Debenhams to achieve its European expansion ambitions.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2007
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Marks & Spencer: positive growth in difficult climate

Up against strong comparatives, rising interest rates and unseasonal weather, commentators were predicting a rapid slowdown for Marks & Spencer's first quarter results. However, the UK retailer's performance was stronger than expected and, despite the unpredictable retail climate, the company should continue on its upward growth trend, albeit more slowly.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2007
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Bhs: speculation on future ownership

Talks between Bhs chairman, Allan Leighton, and its owner Sir Philip Green regarding an acquisition have reportedly been dropped. The discussions involved the introduction of a food offer into the stores, but following the breakdown Sir Philip said he will continue to invest in the business and that it is not for sale.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2007
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Baugur: considering a bid for Debenhams?

Speculation that the Icelandic owner of House of Fraser may bid for Debenhams is provoking many questions about how Baugur would run the two competing retailers. Certainly many challenges exist, such as formulating a truly differentiated positioning. However, Baugur has extensive experience of managing overlapping brand portfolios and no doubt has clear ideas about its potential profitability.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2007
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Sears Holdings: predicting weak Q2 results

Sears Holdings has forecast a decline in second quarter sales and profits. Kmart and Sears stores, the group's domestic divisions, produced negative like-for-like sales for the quarter ended August 4, 2007. The group also expects net income for the quarter will fall short of forecasts and be considerably lower than 2006. Going forward, Sears faces challenges growing both topline sales and profit.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2007
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US department stores: Macy's struggling to keep up

US department store chains JC Penney and Kohl's have reported second-quarter sales growth of 3.6% and 8.8% respectively, leaving rival Macy's in the shade. Macy's, now the second largest department store retailer in the US, appears to have bitten off more than it can chew with the 2005 acquisition of May Department Stores.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2007
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Tchibo: hoping for H2 turnaround

Germany-based retail group Tchibo Holding's first half results have suffered from the impact of hard discounters Aldi and Lidl on non-food sales. Top line sales at Tchibo declined by 4% during the half to E1.7 billion, while EBIT dropped 57%. Tchibo needs to speed up its premium repositioning to achieve an improved second half performance.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Aug 2007

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