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Asda: focus on value drives growth

Asda delivered an impressive 12th successive quarter of market out-performance in Q1 2009, with like-for-like sales increasing by 8.4%. While Asda's strong price proposition is attractive to the current frugal consumer, therefore boosting growth, the retailer must continue to improve its quality perception to ensure that this performance is maintained in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2009
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Game Group: had the gain, now for the pain

Fears of a major slump in the previously buoyant video games market have been realized by a trading update from market leader Game Group. The highly cyclical nature of the sector has been highlighted by the dual release of Game's figures for the 53 weeks to January 31, 2009, in which total UK and Ireland sales were up 25.7%, and for the 11 weeks to April 18, 2009, in which they were down 2.4%.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2009
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Tesco: losing share but riding high

Tesco is comfortably riding out the challenging trading conditions facing UK retailing, recording pre-tax profits of GBP2.95 billion for the 52 weeks to February 28. Although exposure to non-food and the impact of its Discounter brand have dented sales growth, the supermarket's international credentials and ability to diversify into new markets will see it continue to prove a formidable retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Apr 2009
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Australia: Woolworths launches credit card

Woolworths has become the first Australian company to launch a credit card with a sophisticated loyalty program, capable of collating data regarding consumer purchases. This data will eventually be utilized in Woolworths' marketing efforts, and is seen as even more important than the financial aspect of the card.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2008
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Morrison: strategic business review

Morrison has announced the details of its long-awaited strategic review. With Safeway fully integrated and its optimization underway, Morrison can now focus on rebuilding its profitability further and delivering a platform for sustainable sales growth. The retailer's new strategy is sound, but catching up ground lost to rivals remains the short term challenge.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2007
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Alexon: giving itself the boot?

Alexon has lost half of its market value since April, meaning it could be ripe for a takeover bid. Alexon is believed to want a full company sale, but the limited synergies between the footwear and fashion arms of the business is likely to result in the business being split anyway.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2006
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Sainsbury's: Five-a-day, but our way

After refusing to join the Government's scheme, Sainsbury's has decided to introduce its own new logo to help alleviate consumer confusion over what exactly constitutes "five portions" of fruit and vegetables. Retailers want to be seen as responsible, helpful and informative - offering value-added services alongside their food.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2003
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Tesco: looking a bit greedy

Tesco, already the UK's leading supermarket chain, confirmed its interest in bidding for Safeway on Wednesday. However, as Tesco tries to convince the OFT that its increased share would still be fair, it is possible that the whole matter will result in an enquiry into the supermarket sector. Tesco is keen to ensure its position doesn't deteriorate when this happens.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jan 2003
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UK retailing: supermarket wars

UK supermarket group Morrison's, normally as commendably steadfast as its northern roots, has launched a bid for the Safeway chain. The move is a canny one that would launch Morrison's into the big time. However, it is likely to spark a bidding war that could herald major changes for the industry's leading players, with tougher competition meaning that consumers will be the real winners.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jan 2003
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US economy: time to focus on the bare necessities

The gap between incomes and housing costs has grown in every state. With the economy not expected to recover to previous peaks, middle-income households might soon feel the pinch and have to curb spending. CPG manufacturers must respond appropriately, through greater offerings of more affordable goods sold through cheaper channels.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2002

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