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Retailer Viewpoint – Topps Tiles

April 4, 2017

Retailer Viewpoint – Topps Tiles

Topps Tiles recorded a decline in H1 l-f-ls for the first time since FY 2012/13 as the retailer struggled against a stiff comparative and weak consumer confidence throughout the period. Read more.

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Kingfisher buoyed by strong Screwfix sales

March 22, 2017

Kingfisher buoyed by strong Screwfix sales

DIY specialist Kingfisher reported a positive set of results for 2016/17, driven by impressive l-f-l sales from Screwfix (13.8%), which opened 60 new outlets and saw strong growth from its specialist trade desks and online. Kingfisher announced it will prioritise investment in the Screwfix brand as part of its five-year transformation plan, with a target of 700 outlets.

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Cautious optimism from Ocado

March 14, 2017

Cautious optimism from Ocado

Supply chain investment continues to pay dividends for Ocado, as retail sales reach £352.4m in Q1 2016/17. Ocado’s relentless drive for efficiency throughout the fulfilment process has enabled it to combat continued falling basket sizes (down 1.6% to £110.84), as UK consumers undertake smaller, more regular shopping missions. Read more...

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Physical sales down 1.0% at John Lewis

March 9, 2017

Physical sales down 1.0% at John Lewis

The total UK non-food offline (stores and mail order) market declined 0.3% in 2016. While DIY & gardening and essential health & beauty items propped this up from falling further – both sectors John Lewis is less exposed to – a 1.0% decline in physical store sales signals a widespread issue for UK retailers, particularly since John Lewis opened two new shops during the year.

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Travis Perkins buoyed by strong consumer sales

March 2, 2017

Travis Perkins buoyed by strong consumer sales

Building supplier specialist Travis Perkins reported a strong set of results for its consumer division for 2015/2016, with positive l-f-l sales on 2015. However, the retailer reported a 1% fall in group profits owing to a decline in its plumbing & heating division.

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BHETA retailer campaign starts on a high

February 13, 2017

BHETA retailer campaign starts on a high

BHETA has kicked off its 2017 retail engagement campaign with an international direct marketing initiative aimed at 600 of the top buyers from across the home and garden improvement sector in markets.

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Dunelm half year profits tumble

February 9, 2017

Dunelm half year profits tumble

Homewares specialist Dunelm reported disappointing H1 results, with profits falling 26%, as the retailer struggled to strike a chord with consumers in-store and started the integration process with Worldstores.

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John Lewis fashion outshines rivals this Christmas

January 12, 2017

John Lewis fashion outshines rivals this Christmas

Fashion at John Lewis has had a tremendous Christmas, with sales up 7.2% - far exceeding its competitors, even those that have reported robust performances such as Debenhams, M&S and House of Fraser. Own brand collections continued to strengthen throughout 2016, with the inclusion of Modern Rarity filling a gap in its private label brand portfolio by appealing to a stylish, design-led shopper and taking Cos on as a direct rival.

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In light of a poor trading year, Robert Dyas shows promising Christmas sales results

January 11, 2017

In light of a poor trading year, Robert Dyas shows promising Christmas sales results

Robert Dyas showed a recovery in Christmas sales relative to its weak performance during last year’s December trading period.

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Improving premium offer drives Aldi’s strong Christmas

January 11, 2017

Improving premium offer drives Aldi’s strong Christmas

Aldi has set the bar high in the opening salvo of grocery results this week, with sales driven by its recently expanded Specially Selected premium range and Super 6 promotion on festive fruit and vegetables in the two weeks before Christmas.

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