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Sainsbury: impressive results, despite Delta distraction

Keen to return investor attention back to its achievements over the last three years, Sainsbury's board presented a solid set of figures on November 14 that prove it has not been distracted from delivering against its 'Making Sainsbury's Great Again' targets. While the business should continue to perform well in the short term, it still has much work to do to close the gap on market leader Tesco.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Nov 2007
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Rewe: success in the race for Extra

Having lost out to rival Edeka in the bidding war for the Plus discount chain, Germany's number two grocer Rewe reacted with the purchase of 245 Extra stores from Metro Group. The speedy transaction is a welcome development for both parties, as Metro has long been looking to divest its ailing neighborhood stores. Looking ahead, we expect more consolidation in the German retail market during 2008.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jan 2008
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Edeka: strong prospects

Against a slowly recovering German market, helped by shop opening hour liberalization driving consumers to its neighborhood outlets, Edeka delivered 4.5% growth to reach E31 billion in sales in 2007. Looking ahead, the group plans further expansion and the integration of the recently acquired Plus operation into its outperforming discount concept.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2008
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Budget 2008: tax rises will hit retailers

Faced with the need to raise revenues, the chancellor took the politically less risky option of raising taxes on alcohol (in a bid to be seen as tough on binge drinking) and car owners (to boost his green credentials). These measures, combined with the impact of previously announced tax changes, will make 2008 especially challenging for retailers.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2008
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European fuel retail: Italy faces court over anti-competitive practices

Italy is to be prosecuted in the European Court of Justice due to its failure to implement competition law in the service station sector. The country's continuing delays over implementation of laws agreed in June 2007 appear to be a result of its unwillingness to displease national incumbents.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2008
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WHSmith's travel sales continue to bolster profits

WHSmith has improved its profitability, with group pre-tax profits up 8% to GBP64 million for the six months ending February 29, 2008. However, although sales at travel stores were up 1% on a like-for-like basis, high street sales fell by 3%, indicating that the fault line between the two businesses is widening. Although growth prospects are better in travel, the high street must not be neglected.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2008
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Musgrave: continues to improve UK performance

The Musgrave group has grown operating profit by 4.1% to E109.2m and nearly halved its net debt to E96m. Going forward, it plans to continue its growth in the UK by investing in IT, logistics and store environments, making stores more consistent and navigable. This is an indication that it plans to supply more fresh goods, but the group will need a strong logistical system if it is to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2008
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Forecourt retailing: bottled water is liquid gold for service stations

In Norway, the NRK Brennpunkt documentary program has highlighted the extent to which sales of bottled water have become highly lucrative for a number of retail channels, including petrol stations. However, as large stocks of bottled water can take up a significant proportion of shops' display space, fuel retailers need to think of ways in which they can best utilize the room at their disposal.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2008
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WHSmith: considering Paperchase purchase

Following Borders's decision to put stationary retailer Paperchase up for sale for around GBP50 million in order to re-focus on its core category, WHSmith has demonstrated an interest. The potential purchase would be the latest of a number of acquisitions by the business as it aims to turn its fortunes around and re-define itself.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2008
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Fuel retailers under threat from alcohol and tobacco restrictions

The Association of Convenience Stores has stated that fuel retailers face a larger threat from governmental red tape on tobacco and alcohol sales than from new supermarket openings. Datamonitor figures demonstrate the importance of these products to service stations in the UK and show how their European counterparts are also vulnerable to laws restricting the sale of alcohol and tobacco.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jul 2008

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