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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
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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
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Department stores well-placed due to Christmas triumph

Strong Christmas results from the UK's leading department stores indicate a resurgence in the channel. While the department store model lends itself well to the gift-giving period due to its wide product range, other elements of the business - namely online - have come to the fore, which will provide growth opportunities in the coming years as long as sufficient investment is made.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2013
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Desigual: low profile launch

Spanish young fashion retailer Desigual has opened a store on London's Regent Street. Desigual offers directional fashion for young men and women. Likened to Bershka, Inditex's young fashion offer, Desigual's product does not seem to sit comfortably in the UK clothing market and UK shoppers may prove reluctant to pay the premium which Desigual expects for its fashion product.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2007
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Dolcis: Alexon walks away

Alexon, the retail group that owns Dolcis shoe shop is said to be offloading the chain which operates 67 UK stores and almost 150 concessions. Dolcis' performance has been particularly disappointing over the past year as it faces tough competition from fashion retailers who have offered footwear to match their clothing lines.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jul 2006
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Dolcis: sale provokes further speculation

Alexon put its Dolcis store chain up for sale in July 2006 for GBP16 million. Its purchase by a group of investors, led by John Kinnaird, for GBP2.7 million is therefore far short of the target, but is not surprising considering the investment needed to turn it around.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Dec 2006
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e-retail continues to defy consumer downturn

According to a new report published by Verdict Research, e-retail shows no sign of succumbing to the economic downturn. Yet despite some degree of cannibalization, physical shopping is far from doomed. While an internet presence is vital, giving the consumer choice by establishing strong links between in-store and online offers is essential.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2008
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Eastern European Retail: foreign chains rattle the small shopkeepers

The new Polish government of the conservative Law and Justice party has promised to examine the encroachment of hypermarkets into the country's retail sector. However, an element of political calculation is thought to be involved in this: while about 100,000 people are employed in large stores, the retail sector as a whole employs more than 2 million, mainly in small independent shops.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2005
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eBay: enters the online shopping clubs market

Driven by a desire to enter the rapidly growing online shopping clubs market and in response to competition, US pureplay retailer and auctioneer eBay has acquired German online shopping club brands4friends. The acquisition will increase eBay's foothold in Germany and should help to improve its fashion offering.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Dec 2010
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Edgars Consolidated Stores: attracting further investment in South Africa

Private equity interest in South Africa has picked up pace in recent months. In January, locally-based private equity group Brait offered ZAR15 billion for supermarket chain Shoprite and yesterday Bain topped that with a ZAR25 billion bid for Edcon. This is the largest private equity offer ever in South Africa, but, despite the high price, the appeal of the retail group is clear.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Feb 2007

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