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Woolworths: breaking up under pressure

Woolworths is under immense pressure from supermarkets, online retailers and more focused specialists. A radical proposal from parent Baugur to break up the business by spinning off the entertainment and publishing divisions and rationalizing its high street store estate could help to save the beleaguered retailer from the intense competition it faces.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Sep 2006
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Woolworths: back to basics

Woolworths' new CEO, Steve Johnson, has outlined a strategy for turning the ailing retailer's fortunes around by focusing on the customer, store disciplines, product availability and value perceptions, while also simplifying the business. While these initiatives are essential to put the business on a stable footing, they may only prolong Woolworths' survival, rather than ensure its future.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Sep 2008
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Woolworths: another disappointing performance

There is little positive in this trading update from the UK's leading variety store operator. While Woolworths has many initiatives underway designed to restore its fortunes, doubts remain as to whether these will produce the sales growth needed to ensure its long term viability.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jul 2006
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Woolworths' Masters Home Improvement aims to teach Bunnings a lesson

Competition between two of Australia's largest retailers, Woolworths and Wesfarmers, is set to focus on the DIY sector with the launch of Woolworths' big box chain Masters Home Improvement later this year. Woolworths' impact on the DIY market will depend on its ability to differentiate itself from market leader Bunnings, which has already adapted its strategy in preparation for the showdown.

Published By Datamonitor
06 May 2011
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Woolworths Holdings: South African success lies ahead

A day after rival Pick 'n Pay, Woolworths Holdings has reported robust figures. The retailer has introduced a number of initiatives to strengthen its core grocery lines alongside a move to more low cost sourcing in clothing and homewares - initiatives which should enable the retailer to benefit in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2006
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Woolworths faces fundamental challenges despite return to profit

After disastrous results a year ago, it was imperative that Woolworths returned its core retail business to profit. However, while Woolworths met this target; it did so by the narrowest of margins. Looking ahead, there is considerable scope for Woolworths to improve margins further, although turnover is set to shrink as the retailer downsizes and relocates stores.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2008
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Woolworths and IGA: supermarkets go local

Independent grocery network IGA recently launched an advertising campaign emphasizing the local individualism of each of its 1,000 independent stores. The launch came days after Woolworths announced it would clearly label its range of Tasmanian produce. Supermarkets are increasingly tapping into the 'local' trend, driven by consumers' desire to support and feel part of their community.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2010
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Woolworth: brighter future beckons upon buyout talks

Germany's Woolworth is set to change hands yet again. PE investor Cerberus is reportedly interested in both the retailer's real estate and taking over the operating business as a going concern. However, the company will have a job on its hands if it is to successfully turn around the underperforming chain in Germany's tough retail climate.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2007
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Womenswear: UK market enters new cycle

The UK womenswear market is entering a new cycle following the shakeout of weaker operators. The ubiquity of the leading operators on the high street and women's appetite for more aspirational and exclusive product is leading to greater opportunities for new entrants.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Aug 2007
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Women switch to online retailers for larger clothes sizes

Sales of large sizes of women's clothes on the high street dropped 2.8% to 61.6% of total women's clothing sales in the 12 weeks to November 2005 compared to last year, while online and mail-order sales rose 1.2%. As the figures suggest, the high street may be failing to provide everything this demographic seeks.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2006

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