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Several factors are conspiring to push shoppers against the ropes in early 2017. The combined effect of delayed tax refund checks, renewed gasoline inflation, and higher healthcare costs will cause consumer demand to stumble a bit in the first few months of the year, especially among low- ...

 
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Holiday retail sales growth matched last year’s moderate pace as steep price cuts once again hindered topline growth. For the second straight year, though, holiday demand was strong as shoppers took advantage of falling prices in most categories, including food. In August, Kantar ...

 
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The Power of Six

19 Dec 2016  By: Ray Gaul

European Retailing in the Week Ahead – Week 52, 2016 Retail prices in today’s environment are anything but predictable. Geopolitical turmoil has created volatility in commodity markets. Fiscal policies have created exaggerated swings in foreign exchange rates. On top of this, consumer ...

 
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The regional job market has been sharply divided in 2016 by industry trends — energy jobs are dragging down the South Central region, while housing construction and services jobs are boosting the Western and Southeastern regions. Well, retailers and suppliers should be aware of another ...

 
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It’s only August, but here at Kantar Retail we’ve already been in our holiday workshop putting together our 2016 holiday forecast. Too soon some of you say? Not for many of our retailer and supplier clients that are already in the late stages of planning for the biggest selling season ...

 
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Hungarian Goulash

31 May 2016  By: Ray Gaul

European Retailing in the Week Ahead – Week 23, 2016 Interested in what’s happening in retail around Europe?  You have arrived on to the right newsletter.  We publish this weekly roundup of what’s happening each Monday, with the exception of bank holidays (UK calendar).  ...

 
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The good news for suppliers and retailers is that Kantar Retail’s latest U.S. category sales forecasts indicate the size of prize for most goods categories will get bigger in the coming years. But competition for shoppers’ dollars will remain fierce and increasingly come from ...

 
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As an independent company, Walmart International would have ended 2015 as the world’s second largest retailer, with USD 123.4 billion in sales. Walmart is one of the few truly global retailers, spanning 27 countries outside its home market. Walmart International’s 25 year run offers ...

 
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Casino Group’s 2015 results reflected a mix of factors dominated by a degradation of its performance in Latin America and Asia, in contrast to its core market which continued to marginally improve. Fig: Casino’s margins have degraded considerably as a result of its price repositioning ...

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