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Arcandor facing a merger with Metro

German group Arcandor's financial struggles have led to talks with Berlin regarding a state bailout, resulting in strong criticism from both politicians and retailers. As an alternative, rival Metro is proposing a takeover of Arcandor's Karstadt department store chain. Although both solutions could undermine competition in the market, the latter may rescue the struggling retailer in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2009
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Arcandor under threat of insolvency

While unconfirmed at present, it looks increasingly likely that Arcandor will not receive the necessary state guarantees for its outstanding debt. The company needs to raise E960m for 2009, with up to E900m to follow over the next five years. By June 12, when outstanding credit has to be renewed, Arcandor, the holding company of Karstadt, Thomas Cook and Quelle, could enter insolvency.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2009
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Arcandor: sliding deeper into the red

Germany-based retail and travel company Arcandor saw its financial position deteriorate in the quarter to December 31, 2008 as costs accumulated due to restructuring work at Thomas Cook and its mail order arm saw losses of E58m (group EBIT). Although the sales performance of department store Karstadt has stabilized, Verdict Research is skeptical as to whether this signals a sustainable turnaround.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2009
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Are UK consumers fully convinced by forecourt shops?

Given the rising top-up shopping trend, the UK's convenience retail industry is expanding rapidly. However, fuel retailers have not been able to fully exploit the opportunity, and their efforts thus far have been inadequate in changing consumers' unfavorable perceptions of forecourt shops.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2011
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Argos knocks MFI off top spot to become furniture market leader

A new report published this week by retail analysts Verdict Research, part of the Datamonitor Group, reveals that catalogue retailer Argos is set to become furniture market leader, taking the top spot from MFI, which has reigned over the market for more than 20 years. Furthermore, Verdict expects that MFI - which came under new ownership in 2006 - will also fall behind DFS and Ikea.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Dec 2006
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Argos: expanding into small store format

Argos' announcement that it is to open its first smaller convenience store in Cricklewood later this month, with plans for up to 35 outlets, further demonstrates the flexibility which has underpinned the retailer's successful multi-channel, multi-format strategy. But, with competition from the likes of Tesco and Asda heating up, Argos faces a more challenging future.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Oct 2006
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Argos: setting up shop in India

Argos will develop its Indian operation through a franchise agreement with a joint venture company formed by K Raheja Corporation's Shopper's Stop and HyperCITY retail divisions. Moving into overseas markets could not come at a better time for the retailer as it reaches saturation point and faces stiff competition from grocers in the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Feb 2007
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Armani: boosted by brand extension

With consolidated sales growing 9% Armani's results confirm the business' achievements in brand extension. However, some doubts remain over whether the company's independent status positions it well to exploit opportunities in new growth markets as successfully as it has exploited opportunities in new product categories.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2007
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Armani: new e-store marks another missed opportunity in luxury e-commerce

Giorgio Armani has launched an e-shop at Armani.com, offering delivery to 27 countries in Europe, plus Hong Kong, China, Japan, the US, and Canada. Having developed the e-shop with third-party provider Yoox, the Italian fashion retailer has revealed a rather unimpressive proposition, and becomes the latest entry to a long list of luxury houses taking a rather half-hearted approach to e-commerce.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2011
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Armani: still going it alone

Giorgio Armani denies he is considering selling his eponymous business. The question of succession comes to any fashion company closely associated with its designer, however at Armani, the creative force, Mr Armani himself, is also the business force. Having built up a global operation worth over E4.0 billion in worldwide retail sales, the question of who will succeed him becomes pressing.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2007

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