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Conveying a message of quality is essential for Very.co.uk to succeed

On May 30, Very.co.uk held its autumn/winter preview for its womenswear and homewares collections. Alongside its well-marketed Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby collections, it showed Love Label and its new Definitions brand, both highlighting major trends of the season and its keen pricing strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
30 May 2013
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J.Crew pop-up shop sets the scene for UK autumn arrival

J.Crew's pop-up shop, open for just two days in London's King's Cross, serves as an introduction to the brand for UK consumers, prior to its flagship launch on Regent Street in November. The retailer's emphasis on product quality and sharp design detailing will help to justify its high price points, which position it firmly in the premium to luxury end of the UK clothing market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2013
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M&S turns on style, but can it turn on customers?

Last night M&S hosted its much-anticipated autumn/winter clothing preview, the first ranges designed under the direction of the new clothing team, and perhaps Marc Bolland's last attempt at turning its general merchandise arm of the business back to growth after seven consecutive quarters of sales decline.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2013
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Qatari investment could be the solution to secure House of Fraser's future

The Qatari Investment Authority, owner of Harrods, is the latest party to consider acquiring UK department store chain House of Fraser, a deal that would provide the retailer with the investment that its outdated stores and brands desperately need.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2013
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UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2013: why the sector winners stand out

John Lewis may have been the leading name in the roll call of winners at last week's Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards, but the Verdict poll of 5,900 consumers also revealed the winning retailers within individual sectors. Verdict's analysts give their insight into why these retailers stood out to their customers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2013
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Marks & Spencer reaches another fork in the road

Marks & Spencer's clothing market share has been declining since the late 1990s. Its core customers, women, no longer regard it as the primary destination for clothes shopping and, unless Marc Bolland's team can produce a turnaround over the next six months, there is likely to be another change of management, disrupting performance again.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2013
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Marks & Spencer: two heads are better than one

Yet again, Marks & Spencer's food arm has exceeded general merchandise. The innovative and unique food offer is far from replicated by GM, and the retailer's current management structure is doing little to help. What M&S needs is stronger direction in GM from a product-focused professional.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2013
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German clothing market: a safe bet for those looking to grow international presence

Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain are off-limits to many clothing retailers looking for a secure market in which to grow a brand presence, but Verdict pinpoints Germany as a sensible prospect for expansion. Despite its maturity and increasing competition, Verdict forecasts clothing expenditure in Germany to rise by 9.4% between 2013 and 2018, an attractive prospect for retailers chasing growth.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2013
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Nutmeg adds flavor to Morrisons non-food range

Morrisons' launch of its own brand childrenswear range, Nutmeg, will see all the Big Four supermarkets selling clothing for the first time, further heightening their rivalry. Tesco and Asda are stalwarts in the market, and Sainsbury's offer is achieving impressive growth, so Morrisons' late entry means it will need to work hard to make an impact.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2013
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French Connection: the issues and the remedies

French Connection's tumbling sales and weakening market share have become a subject of debate at Verdict Retail and across the UK clothing industry over the last year, making it one to watch in 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2013

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