Latest Intelligence on Convenience Stores, Neighborhood Stores and Gas Stations

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Why omnichannel cannot save the high street

An omnichannel approach is essential for retail chains, but click & collect will not stop the online channel's squeeze on the high street.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2013
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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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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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WH Smith: sales down, profits up

For the year to August 31, 2009, pre-tax profits for WH Smith increased to GBP82m. Like-for-likes are down 5.0%, with total group sales down 1.0%. Efficient cost control and proposition enhancements will help the company survive challenging times, while focusing on core markets and exceptional growth opportunities will provide fillip to future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Oct 2009
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WH Smith: profits fall, Travel outlets prosper

WH Smith has reported flat group sales for the six months to February 28, 2009, with double digit sales growth in Travel outlets counterbalancing a weak performance from its High Street stores. The retailer is continuing with its withdrawal from entertainment, and is looking to Post Office integration and rebuilding its authority as a specialist to drive sales in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Apr 2009
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Wal-Mart: China in its hands

Wal-Mart has announced plans to double its number of outlets in China to tap into a liberalizing market. Despite regulatory relaxation, the chain intends to continue investing in partnership with Chinese players rather than via solo ventures. Yet such an approach appears prudent, enabling Wal-Mart to reassess in the future if its stores prove successful.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2005
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Waitrose: welcome new venture

Following the success of Moto's partnership with Marks & Spencer and its own recent ventures into smaller store formats, Waitrose opened the first of two stores at Welcome Break service areas on May 1, 2009. In light of the current trend for top-up shopping and heightened demand for quality convenience products, Waitrose's timely entry into the motorway service market is expected to be a success.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2009
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Waitrose: looking to get a small bite to Eat

Having already unveiled plans to sell food-to-go through Shell petrol stations and Alliance Boots, Waitrose is looking to consolidate its position in the convenience market with two new initiatives. The retailer is set to trial a new smaller format comprising its first stores of less than 3,000 square feet, and is also in early discussions to acquire the Eat chain of premium food-to-go outlets.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Mar 2010
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Waitrose: expansion not convenient for competitors

Waitrose, the retailer owned by the John Lewis partnership, is set for expansion into the rapidly growing but increasingly competitive convenience segment of food retailing. The new stores are expected to aim at the premium end of the market. Although a national convenience store operation would take years to grow, Waitrose could be impacting in local areas within a year.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2008
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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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