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UK consumers' budgets are still under pressure, despite an ease in inflation

The UK Consumer Price Index eased in April, standing at 3.0% compared to the 3.5% recorded in March. While this is a step in the right direction, essential items such as fuel and food remain highly inflationary and earnings growth is low. Consumers will see no real benefit from the lower inflation rate, budgets will remain under substantial pressure, and spending will continue to be restricted.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2012
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Pasty tax will be hard to swallow for Greggs

Greggs has had a difficult start to 2012, with like-for-like sales hit by bad weather and weak consumer spending. The retailer is pinning its hopes on the Olympics and the Jubilee, but faces controversial legislation set to add VAT to many of its goods. Rather than opposing the proposed tax, it would be wise to plan how it will phase in the inevitable price increases over the coming months.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2012
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Copyright crackdown will give online retailers a chance to capture tech-savvy customers

After years of legal wrangling, the UK High Court has ruled that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright, and has ordered a group of major Internet service providers to prevent their users from accessing the site. However, many games, music, and video retailers will be wondering what, if any, effect this will have on them.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2012
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The rise in over-55s will not be the savior of Marks & Spencer

Reports in the press that Marks & Spencer will benefit from the rising number of older consumers are based on a dangerous assumption. Although the retailer currently has a high share of the older age groups, it is far too simplistic to assume that this trend will continue.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2012
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Electricals manufacturers spark hope for the high street

Electricals retailer Dixons has revealed that its suppliers are offering traditional retailers improved terms compared to pureplay internet operations, in return for showcasing their products in-store. This is the latest in a series of events in which suppliers appear to have recognized the need to prioritize and protect the physical retail channel.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2012
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The imminent rise of t-commerce

Among the plethora of statistics given to analysts by N Brown executives at its trading announcement was the staggering growth of its mobile traffic. It has risen to 14% from 4% of all e-commerce traffic, and the retailer now expects this to rise to 22% by the end of 2012. These mobile customers are not just browsing either, as N Brown is making sales of GBP1m a week from m-commerce.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2012
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SuperGroup: still super despite City discontent

SuperGroup, the owner of fashion label Superdry, has issued its fourth profit warning in the last 12 months, announcing that it now expects to post GBP43m for the year ending April 29, 2012, over GBP7m less than previously expected. However, despite this blunder - the latest in a series for the company - it is still in a relatively enviable position, with a strong brand and a loyal following.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2012
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JD Sports: a Black cloud over an otherwise positive trading performance

In its annual results announcement on April 12, JD Sports posted revenue of over GBP1bn for the first time and sales growth of almost 20%, despite recording a 1% decline in like-for-like sales. However, the main talking point of the announcement has been JD's struggling Blacks Leisure subsidiary, and how the parent company plans to address Blacks' operational shortcomings over the next 12 months.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2012
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Can increased prices save US electricals stores?

In an effort to maintain brand perception and boost electricals specialists, a number of electricals manufacturers are to enforce a unilateral pricing policy in the US, whereby online retailers will have to charge the same minimum prices as bricks and mortar retailers. However, in a delicate economy, price rises are unlikely to be accepted warmly.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2012
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UK: low prices alone will no longer woo savvier, convenience- and quality-focused food shoppers

The UK grocery retail market is set to grow by 3.2% in 2012, but this will be driven primarily by rising prices due to inflation. Volume growth will be more difficult to achieve, as shoppers are cutting back due to budget constraints and putting an average of one less item in their baskets per visit. Limiting waste and trading down will help savvy shoppers gain better control of their spending.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Mar 2012

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