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    Apparel and Footwear Specialist Retailers in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    UK high street retailers are suffering a tough time, squeezed by high rents, online competition and lower consumer spending. From rethinking the retail space to stimulating curiosity, several trends emerged in 2018. To fuel conversation across social...

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    Convenience Stores in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    Whilst in the past, consumers shopped for groceries once or twice a week, typically sacrificing some of their free time, the trend has radically changed, and this is expected to continue in the forecast period. The typical consumers of convenience ...

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    Department Stores in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    The high levels of debt that mid-range department stores are accumulating, due to paying high rents and the rising wages of staff, will deprive them of the funds necessary to innovate in their physical stores and in terms of product ranges. Clothing ...

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    Direct Selling in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    In the face of the growing consumer preference for online shopping, direct selling struggled to remain relevant in the changing market conditions over the review period. Most of the key players within the category now also offer online shopping, but ...

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    Discounters in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    As consumers continue to keep an eye on their spending in a climate of general economic uncertainty caused by Brexit, discounters in the UK are offering low prices and private label products that can tap into the desire for lower-value purchases. ...

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    Electronics and Appliance Specialist Retailers in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    Sales of smartphones in the UK continued to experience a slowdown in growth in 2018. Given the high level of penetration of these products in the market, this trend is expected to continue in the forecast period, with growth rates even falling into ...

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    Food and Drink Internet Retailing in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    Whilst there has been an ongoing consumer shift, with many preferring to do their bigger weekly shop online instead of in-store, there are still obstacles to food and drink internet retailing achieving its high potential. These have mainly to do with...

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    Health and Beauty Specialist Retailers in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    More and more fashion brands launched private label beauty products in 2018. Asos, Boohoo, Missguided, Skinnydip, Pull & Bear and Millie Mackintosh were amongst the young, overwhelmingly digital fashion businesses to recently launch their own ...

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    Home and Garden Specialist Retailers in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    Economic uncertainty in the UK has strongly impacted the housing market in the country, with house prices rapidly surging across the UK. Moreover, the increase in the interest rate by the Bank of England in August 2018 contributed to making mortgages...

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    Homeshopping in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    The main reason for the decline in home shopping is the fact that many home shopping retailers are seeing a shift in where consumer orders take place – most players’ sales are in fact now via internet retailing. For example, taking one of the key ...

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    Hypermarkets in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    J Sainsbury and Asda Stores agreed a GBP51.0 billion merger in May 2018. The deal is currently under scrutiny by the Competition and Markets Authority, because it would provide the two companies with an aggregate share of more than 30% in grocery ...

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    Internet Retailing in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    As UK consumers increasingly gravitate towards making purchases online, it is now clear that retailers need to embrace e-commerce if they want to survive and thrive in the much more complex and competitive UK retail environment. Yet, as product sales...

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    Mobile Internet Retailing in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    The anticipated strong growth of internet retailing in the forecast period will be linked to the increasing amount of time consumers spend on their smartphones, as they are used on a variety of occasions, such as when socialising or watching ...

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    Retailing in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    2018 was a critical year for non-grocery retailers, as seven high street players either entered a Company Voluntary Arrangement or underwent administration. The electronics and appliance specialist retailer Maplin closed all its stores in February ...

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    Supermarkets in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    2018 was a positive year for supermarkets, registering growth after years of decline in the review period. The efforts of the largest supermarket players to lower their prices, together with the improvement of the product offer, helped the channel to...

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    Traditional Grocery Retailers in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    Independent small grocers faced a decline in sales in the review period, because of the rapid growth of convenience stores. The recent acquisitions by Tesco and The Co-operative Group in convenience stores will pose an additional threat to the ...

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    Variety Stores in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    During the review period, the number of outlets of variety stores experienced sustained growth. However, the period of economic uncertainty in the UK generated an increase in rental costs for retail properties. As variety stores operate based on a ...

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    Vending in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    Vending machines located in convenience stores became increasingly popular over the review period. However, to attribute this positive performance to location alone would be misleading. Whilst brands that operate within hot drinks vending in ...

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    Warehouse Clubs in the United Kingdom

    Jan 2019

    Warehouse clubs are generally in large, cost-effective out-of-town locations, as their operational model is based on the generation of low margins, whilst carrying bulk supplies of SKUs. The tendency of shoppers to visit stores in the city centres to...

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    Business Dynamics in Western Europe

    Jan 2019

    Western Europe offers one of the best business environments in the world with an extremely sophisticated IT infrastructure. Yet, increasing divisiveness due to growing income inequality, further escalated by an increased flow of migrants and rising ...

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