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One of the biggest challenges our clients face is understanding where to play and how to win across new demographics and new markets. We know that seasonal events like Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Back to School will always anchor our merchandising and marketing plans. Yet these occasions ...

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Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 4 A single theme has emerged in my ‘start of the year’ conversations with retailers, investors and suppliers. That is ‘Long-Term Planning’. This is happening because there is a strong desire within the retail industry to escape the short-term ...

 
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One of the biggest challenges our clients face is understanding where to play and how to win across new demographics and new markets. We know that seasonal events like Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Back to School will always anchor our merchandising and marketing plans. Yet these occasions ...

 
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Value fashion retailer Primark has reported good trading results for its Christmas quarter (Q1), with sales 4.5% ahead year-on-year at constant FX (+3% actuals). In the UK, the company delivered 4% sales growth during the 16 weeks to 4 January 2020, albeit with a marginal decline in like-for-likes. ...

 
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2020 brings fresh opportunities and challenges. We’ve cut through the buzzwords and noise to bring you seven things that should be on your strategic agenda this year if you’re to capitalise on the opportunities and mitigate the risks ahead. The seven themes shaping global retail ...

 
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As the world enters a new decade, European retailers and brands face increasingly more complex conversations to sustain growth and remain relevant with shoppers. Brands are under pressure to stay on the pulse with a raft of drivers, from shifts in retailer economics around volume and cash to ...

 
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Youth fashion pureplay Boohoo Group has revealed stellar results for the Christmas period, with revenue ahead by 44% across all geographies for the four months to 31 December. The company, which also owns Pretty Little Thing (PLT) and Nasty Gal following recent acquisitions, saw double-digit ...

 
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The most wonderful time of the year may be behind us, but there are still opportunities to learn from the busiest — and most festive — season, including how shopping behavior changes when preparing holiday meals. Whether it is food shopping for in-laws, distant cousins, immediate ...

 
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It’s no secret that one way Amazon expands its presence is with Alexa. That’s consistent with the company’s strategy to further embed itself into customers’ everyday routines by innovating devices and voice. Now, on the heels of launching an extensive lineup of Echo products ...

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The evolution of Hypercash

13 Jan 2020  By: Ray Gaul

Retailing in the Week Ahead, Week 3 Outside Brazil, few CPG companies are familiar with the Hypercash* format. One day, this might be a problem as you can be fairly certain that Hypercash is coming to a location near you in the not-too-distant future.  So, allow me to acquaint you with ...

 
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Marks & Spencer reported improved performance on the year in its Q3 trading results for thirteen weeks to 28 December 2019. It saw strong trading in its premium food division enabling overall like-for-like growth of 0.2%. However, the retailer’s clothing and home division performance ...

 
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The John Lewis Partnership, comprising both John Lewis and premium grocer Waitrose, posted a gross sales decline of -1.8% YoY for Christmas, to GBP2.17 billion. While Waitrose & Partners’ decline was mostly due to store closures, resulting in an LFL increase of 0.4%, John Lewis & ...

 
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Walgreens Boots Alliance’s first-quarter performance was soft amid weaker-than-expected performance in the Retail Pharmacy USA segment. Total WBA sales grew 1.6% versus a year ago and 2.3% on a constant currency basis to $34.3 billion, but operating income declined, sliding 27.6%. ...

 
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Albertsons Companies reported identical sales growth of 2.7% for Q3 2019, marking the retailer’s eighth consecutive quarter of identical sales growth. In total, sales and other revenue increased 1.9% to $14.1 billion during the quarter with store closures offsetting some of the ID sales ...

 
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The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar show year-on-year supermarket sales grew marginally by 0.2% in the 12 weeks to 29 December. While retailers still took a record GBP29.3 billion through tills in the so-called golden quarter – up GBP50 million on last year – 2019 ...

 
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In the third quarter of 2019, China’s GDP growth rate dipped to 6.0%. But amid the slowing economy, China’s consumers still have a growing appetite for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). In the first three quarters of 2019, total FMCG sales roles by 2.7%, 6.9% and 5.7%, maintaining ...

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