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Oil companies will be hurt by price-fixing claims even if judged to be innocent

The EC has raided several oil companies in response to claims that they have been fixing prices for fuel. If they are found guilty, motorists and independents will welcome future pricing transparency of fuel, while the oil companies will feel the financial strain on their downstream businesses regardless of whether they are held responsible or not.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2013
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M&S turns on style, but can it turn on customers?

Last night M&S hosted its much-anticipated autumn/winter clothing preview, the first ranges designed under the direction of the new clothing team, and perhaps Marc Bolland's last attempt at turning its general merchandise arm of the business back to growth after seven consecutive quarters of sales decline.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2013
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007 comes to physical video's rescue

The British Video Association has revealed that total video sales were up 10.1% in Q1 2013, with physical increasing by 7.2%. This goes against the trend of continued decline, but should only be seen as a minor - and artificially inflated - fillip rather than a recovery, with digital (including streaming) continuing to gain ground at a rapid rate (55.1% over the same quarter a year ago).

Published By Datamonitor
14 May 2013
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Game retailers need to react to app risk for new consoles

The temporary price drop of Nintendo's next-generation games console, the Wii U, at the start of May to just GBP149 for the basic model at Asda and Amazon signals its failure to prise casual gamers away from smartphone and tablet apps in what is a very worrying start to the console cycle for video game retailers.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2013
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The Morrisons message is being drowned out by rivals

Morrisons reported yet another declining quarter of like-for-like sales this morning, its fifth back-to-back decline excluding fuel. The grocer, while having its strengths in a vertically integrated supply chain, is continuing to lose customers to its competitors.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2013
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Qatari investment could be the solution to secure House of Fraser's future

The Qatari Investment Authority, owner of Harrods, is the latest party to consider acquiring UK department store chain House of Fraser, a deal that would provide the retailer with the investment that its outdated stores and brands desperately need.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2013
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UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2013: why the sector winners stand out

John Lewis may have been the leading name in the roll call of winners at last week's Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards, but the Verdict poll of 5,900 consumers also revealed the winning retailers within individual sectors. Verdict's analysts give their insight into why these retailers stood out to their customers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2013
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Record liquefied natural gas production, but downstream activities are being neglected

LNG production and exploration has increased significantly since 2010, with the top five global fuel retailers making it a major part of their future strategies. These companies have focused on upstream production of LNG, but are neglecting the retail distribution infrastructure and the relative lack of vehicle manufacturers that make natural-gas-powered vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2013
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Oil companies can tackle supermarkets by making investments in alternative fuels

The regular fuel price cuts from UK supermarkets over the past fortnight highlight the concern that the current fuel retailing strategy of supermarket retailers is unsustainable in the long term. As demand grows for alternative fuels, oil companies will have an enduring competitive advantage as innovators and producers of fuel.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2013
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Marks & Spencer: two heads are better than one

Yet again, Marks & Spencer's food arm has exceeded general merchandise. The innovative and unique food offer is far from replicated by GM, and the retailer's current management structure is doing little to help. What M&S needs is stronger direction in GM from a product-focused professional.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2013

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