Do you remember who said what, who bought what and who opened what in 2012? Then try Nick Bubb’s Retail Week quiz of the year.
- Who said of what: “It didn’t have enough oomph behind it”?
- Who said “We’re now climbing out of the hole and on track to get positive EBITDA this financial year if current trends continue”?
- Who said “If the economy were to have a weather forecast, the outlook would be overcast”?
- Who said, back in January, “We have some amazing new products in the pipeline”?
- Who said “The traditional high street model is almost completely moribund”?
- Who said Simon Calver’s appointment as CEO of Mothercare was “A radical, decisive and extremely positive choice”?
- Who said “Amazon is a ruthless, money-making devil“?
- Whose operational presentation was entitled “Right Retailers. Right Places. Right Rents”?
- Who said “We’re not in a position as a public company to do these dodgy things like going into liquidation and buying them back the next day. We have to behave honourably.”
- Who said “Bubbles blown large enough inevitably pop”?
- Who said “At the core of this investment is our determination to deliver the best shopping experience for our customers, bar none”?
- Whose investment was described by FT Alphaville as “a deeply unsuccessful punt on washing machine demand in Toulouse”?
- Who said “No one thinks that because we are in a technical recession I won’t go out and buy a new pair of trousers”?
- Which CEO did the Observer call “the most aptly named man on the High Street”?
- Who said “Some High Streets are medieval, some are Victorian. They were designed for a different world”?
- Who said “We are now committed to growing the Group in a controlled and measured way”?
- Which troubled retailer was described by the FT as “like watching a donkey run the Grand National”?
- Clinton Cards
- Fenn Wright Manson
- Bon Marche
- 60% of B&M Bargains
- 25% of Top Shop
- Hawkins Bazaar
- Who opened a bookshop in Kings Cross?
- Who opened a convenience store inside Canterbury cricket ground?
- Who opened a six-floor store in Exeter?
- Who acquired the site of “Oriental City” at 399 Edgware Road?
- Who opened a food shop opposite Waitrose in East Sheen?
- Who opened an upmarket bakery on the Cromwell Road?
- Who opened a distribution warehouse in Moenchengladbach?
- Which retailer changed its year end from March to August, “to align with the buying seasons in the fashion industry”?
- Who came up with the nickname “manapes” for a new easy-to-cook range of canapés?
- Which retailer wrote a book called “10 Management Lessons”?
- Which retailer wrote a book called “Sold Out”?
- Which retailer moved on to join Trinity Mirror?
Send in your answers
Please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3rd Jan 2013. The overall winner will receive a £30 John Lewis voucher.
We will publish the winners on Retail.Week.com in early Jan. Good luck!