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Posted by: on May 13, 2008

Interviews with Best Buy execs

The recent press attention on the Best Buy/Carphone Warehouse tie up has led to a couple of insightful interviews with senior management at the US electricals chain. In today’s FT, CEO Brad Anderson gives a fascinating interview about the firm’s customer-centric approach. Read it here. Bob Willett, the British-born Chairman of Best Buy International (and […]

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Posted by: on May 13, 2008


Another day, another branding league table. This time it’s UK retailers only, with Early Learning Centre cited as one to watch.

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Posted by: on May 8, 2008

Carrefour and the Dalai Clique

.. or should it be the Dali clique? So surreal has been the way in which an unanticipated viral effect has spread disinformation about Carrefour’s intentions in China, leading to boycotts of and protests outside Carrefour’s Chinese stores. An interesting article in the Financial Times today tells the story. The great Firewall of China is […]

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Posted by: on April 30, 2008

Competition Commission report published

There is increased regulatory interest worldwide in the retail sector. The most recent manifestation of this is the publication today of the UK Competition Commission inquiry into the competitiveness of the grocery retail sector. Recommendations include a compulsory code of practice between suppliers and retailers and measures to increase competition in local markets. The press […]

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Posted by: on April 29, 2008

Shopping centres hit by funding downturn

Although we do not want to risk being too parochial in our reporting of news stories, it is unusual for a retail development question to make the front page of the FT. In today’s paper, Shopping Centres hit by funding downturn reports on the amount of retail developments being shelved across the UK and, on […]

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