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Kingfisher: Ireland rescued but for how long?

A new business plan from parent company Kingfisher has enabled B&Q Ireland to exit examinership while retaining eight stores. Under its new investment plan, Kingfisher will invest E2.4m, and new rents have been agreed to help profitability. However, given the challenging market conditions and the comparative size of market leader Woodies, the retailer still faces an uncertain future.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2013
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HMV gives gaming an extra life, but won't level up with new hardware alone

With two next-gen consoles on the horizon, and in light of continually falling music and video sales, HMV is right to re-include gaming in its long-term strategy. However, it should not expect to record the same kind of sales seen historically for the PS3 or Xbox 360; and, no matter how it overhauls its instore offer, it will still face the same old problem of price competition from the pureplays.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2013
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Waitrose must develop a more active online strategy

Waitrose managing director Mark Price has taken a pragmatic prudent approach to online, but the retailer can't rest as online grocery rival Ocado continues to expand. While Waitrose continues to put its existing customers at the heart of everything it does, it needs to become more active in order to protect itself from becoming over-reliant on Ocado.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jul 2013
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John Lewis's famed service will help it win a greater share of GBP9.7bn spend from overseas visitors

John Lewis's move into airport retailing will provide it with a huge opportunity to raise its brand profile among international shoppers, making it as much a destination as Selfridges or Harrods. With Verdict forecasting that retail spend from overseas visitors will rise by 71.2% by 2018, John Lewis is right to fight for its share by promoting its brand credentials in a major travel hotspot.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2013
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Amazon groceries grab headlines, but shoppers won't be swayed

Amazon is reportedly planning to expand its online grocery service to Los Angeles this month, but will it be a success? The current state of the market dictates no, with limited demand for online grocery and high set-up costs a significant barrier to entry.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2013
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Future-proofing key for Debenhams flagship renovation

Debenhams' refurbishment of its Oxford Street flagship store, at a cost of GBP25m over three years, aims to redefine the brand. The flagship has suffered from underinvestment, and sits below par in terms of customer experience. Verdict believes the revamp will bring the store in line with rivals; however, Debenhams should be future-proofing the store to maintain its relevance in the next decade.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2013
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Primark trials online offer at ASOS

On June 3, Primark finally took a cautious step into online retailing by trialling a small range of 20 womenswear products on fashion etailer ASOS's website. The trial will allow Primark to gauge online demand for its products, and with intensifying competition at the value end of the high street, Primark will be able to see if it can gain an advantage virtually.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2013
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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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Ocado and Morrisons end the speculation and seal the deal

Big Four grocer Morrisons has finally confirmed its entry to the UK online grocery market, signing a deal that will see it share technology, space and intellectual property with pureplay grocer Ocado. What does this mean for Ocado, Morrisons, Waitrose and the rest of the UK grocery market?

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2013

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