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  • Robert Clark

    Comment: Home Retail Group needs more emphasis on click-and-collectSubscription

    Opinion2 December, 2011

    Home Retail Group is far from the only high-profile retailer facing declining fortunes and Retail Week Knowledge Bank’s profile tracks the detail and analyses the numbers behind the headlines for both Argos and Homebase.

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    Can Somerfield acquisition reverse The Co-op's fortunes?Subscription

    Opinion25 November, 2011

    The Co-operative Group greatly increased its food retailing scale by acquiring Somerfield, hot on the heels of merging with the United Co-op.

  • Robert Clark

    Recovery not yet complete for Sainsbury'sSubscription

    Opinion11 November, 2011

    Sainsbury’s recovery has been an extended affair but is yet to be completed as Retail Week Knowledge Bank’s updated profile demonstrates.

  • Robert Clark

    Hard times for Frozen ValueSubscription

    Opinion4 November, 2011

    Back in May we noted that the four leading frozen food specialists had collectively been outperforming the wider supermarket sector.

  • Robert Clark

    Jack Wills - Britain’s answer to Abercrombie & Fitch?Subscription

    Opinion27 October, 2011

    Is Jack Wills Britain’s answer to Abercrombie & Fitch? Can it successfully challenge the latter in its home territory or, indeed, elsewhere in the world?

  • Robert Clark

    David Wild leads Halfords to successSubscription

    Opinion20 October, 2011

    The continually evolving but highly profitable Halfords is one of the more complex, but certainly most instructive, case studies of recent British retailing.

  • Robert Clark

    Substantial challenge ahead for Waterstone'sSubscription

    Opinion13 October, 2011

    One of the most intriguing conundrums in UK retailing is Alexander Mamut’s prospects for reviving Waterstone’s, which he has entrusted to James Daunt, the highly regarded owner of a much smaller, seven-strong, London-centric competitor.

  • Robert Clark

    Laura Ashley’s impressive revivalSubscription

    Opinion7 October, 2011

    Despite a chequered history, descending from quintessential UK design icon of the 1960s and 1970s, enjoying international acceptance in the 1980s to spending much of the 1990s in deep trouble, Laura Ashley’s originally faltering but impressive 2000s revival is a textbook example of retail really being detail.

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    Fat Face thrives under new managementSubscription

    Opinion30 September, 2011

    Little over a year ago, one wondered whether Fat Face, the lifestyle fashion retailer, had run its course.

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    French Connection is an enigma of UK fashion retailingSubscription

    Opinion26 September, 2011

    It experienced exceptional sales growth from the late 1990s on the back of the controversial FCUK advertising campaign until 2003/04, when it dramatically ran out of steam.

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