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Food & grocery retail: someone must have won this Christmas

Due to differences in reporting standards, including the fact that some of 2012's most likely contenders for the top spot do not release the results of their Christmas trading, we may never know which player came off the best this holiday season.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2013
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Forget rates, retailers need a community charge

While the coffee drinkers of affluent southern towns may be horrified at the thought of mistakenly buying a Tesco latte, Harris + Hoole's strategy of at least appearing to be an independent community-based project points the way forward for modern retail chains. Verdict thinks this strategy will work well in food service and could also help combat showrooming in other retail sectors.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2013
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Curtain call for Blockbuster as chain gets put into the bargain bin

The UK arm of video rental chain Blockbuster has become the second entertainment retail casualty on the high street in as many days. Much like HMV, Blockbuster's demise has been a long time coming, with the company slow to react to shifting consumer trends and falling foul of many of the issues that hamstrung its similarly fated high street peer.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jan 2013
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Superdrug should emphasize quality when marketing new B range

Superdrug's premium skincare and makeup brand, B, is pitched as offering premium products with simplified purchasing and accessible prices. Effective communication of its products' impressive test results should boost sales, but B's affiliation to Superdrug, a retailer associated with value ranges, means that non-Superdrug shoppers who want a premium beauty experience will need some convincing.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2013
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HMV will face difficulties finding buyers

HMV's administration is an outcome that has loomed large for some time, principally due to the continued dominance of online, the rise in popularity of streaming services, and unchecked illegal downloading. Administrator Deloitte has confirmed that it will keep the debt-riddled company trading as it looks for a buyer, but it will prove difficult to find a taker for the beleaguered company.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2013
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Smartphones and showrooming seal Jessops' fate

Jessops has fallen into administration in the wake of a rapidly shrinking camera market and the effect of a showrooming onslaught on the high street. With all its stores now closed, there are few viable ways for Jessops to maintain a sizable store portfolio.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2013
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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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Shell strengthens its position in Central and Eastern Europe

Shell's buyout of Neste sites in Poland has emphasized the potential for fuel retailers in Central and Eastern Europe. Poland is a market where fuel retailing has been on the up for the last five years, and is estimated to continue in this vein all the way to 2015.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2012
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Small fuel distributors in Italy should take alternative action to raise profits.

Small fuel distributors in Italy should look at non-fuel options to raise their profits, mirroring the success of this strategy in other markets and mitigating against the negative impact on profits from the high cost of absorbing fuel discounts.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2012
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More brand awareness essential for Superdrug own label products

Over the past three years, Superdrug has been investing across its business to combat increasing competition from grocers and general merchandisers as well as the continuing threat from Boots. Despite this investment, with particular attention paid to its expanding own label range, the retailer still struggles to grow sales.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2012

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