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Debenhams: own bought ranges drive profit growth

Debenhams' strategy of increasing its own brand mix, combined with improvements in product and visual merchandising, appears to have been successful. The retailer will introduce new own bought ranges, and with further online developments in the pipeline, Debenhams looks well positioned for future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Debenhams: playing catch up

Debenhams has had a busy year introducing initiatives intended to counteract recent neglect of its store portfolio and product offer, and full year sales are up 5.1%, although like-for-likes are down 5%. The department store retailer is now moving in the right direction but its difficulties will be exacerbated by the challenging consumer environment and by the strength of its competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Debenhams: positive sales and margins

Despite the volatility of the market and negative like-for-likes, Debenhams produced an upbeat trading statement with many positives; it is taking share from competitors, improving gross margin, controlling costs and reducing its net debt, albeit by small increments. Furthermore, Debenhams' investment in own brand is paying off, and will underpin H2 performance.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2009
Expert View
Expert View

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
Expert View
Expert View

Debenhams: proving the power of its brands

Although UK retailing remains challenging, Debenhams has reported strong full-year results. Furthermore, the retailer is developing a brand strategy that, despite depending on space expansion, gives it plenty of future growth opportunities, with considerable potential both online and internationally.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

Debenhams: sale fatigue?

Debenhams is growing its revenues through new store openings, but sales at its existing estate continue to slide. Heavy promotional activity from rivals has limited the effectiveness of Debenhams' key strategy to increase footfall and the new year will bring further challenges.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Dec 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Debenhams: space growth not enough as competition heats up

Debenhams' growth is mainly space driven, which has led to speculation that Debenhams could eventually cannibalize its own sales. However, the retailer is also working on making its existing space more productive and widening its audience. With competition in the department store sector stiffening, it needs more than space growth to prosper.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Debenhams: still dressing the nation

Debenhams has moved to reassure investors of its financial health by rushing through an interim management statement ahead of its planned release. Rumors of a sales slump and concerns over profitability hit Debenhams's shares on June 20, but today's positive announcement has reversed much of the damage, and demonstrates its robustness in continuing to build the brand for the longer term future.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2008

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