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Foot Locker: Share price slides on disappointing results

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On Friday August 18, Foot Locker announced financial results for its second quarter ended July 29 and they were not what the markets had expected. In fact, they were way short of what the markets anticipated and consequently, the company’s share price plunged. There is a suggestion that product may be at least partly to blame and as Foot Locker is reliant on the goods manufactured by the likes of Nike and Under Armour, the news had a detrimental impact on their share prices too. High-priced products that have failed… Read more

Selfie generation: Refashioning make-up market

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The global make-up industry grew by a record 8.4% in 2016 and was the main growth driver for the cosmetics market worldwide. The range of make-up products is endless, and some product categories, in particular those highly popular with the generation of Millennials, (i.e. concealers, illuminating highlighters, lipsticks) are booming. These hyper-connected customers are young, have a strong purchasing power, new ideas about beauty, and are also very keen to spend money on beauty products. While clothing and department stores are increasingly closing their physical locations, not being able to… Read more

Beckham’s Target: Posh on a budget

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As common household names, celebrities are always being discussed; especially in modern society. The Beckham family is no different, although their fame has stems from football and music to the latest venture of fashion. Victoria Beckham has recently partnered with Target, a US retailer to sell her range of cheap designer clothes for all age ranges and all sizes. Whilst this range is extensive, it is set to only be available for a limited period of time, with online access as well through victoriabeckham.com creating a global customer base. The… Read more

Primark expansion: The impact of Brexit on its profit margins

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Primark, first established as Penneys in 1969 now has over 290 stores in Europe and the US collectively. In 2017, AB Foods the parent company of Primark has stated a further 16 Primark stores are to open across Europe and the US. Following the loss of BHS in 2016, a niche in the market was identified, a niche which Primark intends to capitalize on. Primark has been identified as the leading low-cost clothing retailer in recent years competing against the likes of ASDA and H&M. The branches in Europe were… Read more

Nude Makeup: Makeup is the new natural look

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Historically, makeup was seen as a thing only used by grownups, however makeup being used by younger demographics is a growing trend. Trends now focus on teaching younger individuals how to use makeup with a recent quote suggesting that ‘nude makeup is the new natural’. Children are now being brought up to believe that makeup is natural and needed in order for them to look good. TV shows such as Toddlers and Tiaras further glamorize the use of makeup on children. Younger individuals using makeup has stimulated the appearance of… Read more

Next alone in its Christmas disappointment

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The Christmas trading period is the most important time of the year for retailers, accounting for a significant proportion of a company’s sales and profit. In January 2017, numerous UK retailers revealed their Christmas 2016 trading results, with many high street retailers hailing the festive period a success. A notable exception to this was Next PLC, which revealed it had faced a difficult Christmas trading period and warned of a problematic retail environment in the UK as a whole. On 4th January 2017, Next was the first high street retailer… Read more

The dichotomy between H&M’s fast fashion business model and sustainable cotton

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H&M is a fashion retailer with over 4,000 stores in 61 markets worldwide. The adoption of the fast fashion business model has been key to the company’s huge expansion since 2000. Fast fashion has a four to six week turnaround, much quicker than traditional collections which were released two to four times per year. As a result, clothing is more on-trend but it also more throwaway. The production of clothing has a huge environmental impact, particularly in the case of cotton. Cotton uses a huge amount of fertilizers and pesticides… Read more

UK High Street’s worst summer for six years

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The UK high street has suffered its worst summer since 2009 amid concerns over a potential interest rate rise and unseasonably cold weather. According to BDO’s High Street Sales Tracker, like-for like sales fell 1.1% in July, marking the third consecutive month of decline, the first time such a streak has been seen since the summer of 2009. Fashion retail was hardest hit in July, down 1.4% year-on-year, while lifestyle goods and homewares saw drops of 0.5% and 1.1% respectively. As analyzed in the MarketLine case study The UK High… Read more

Pinterest: social network drives engagement and sales

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Retailers are increasingly using social media to enhance their brands, boost consumer engagement, and drive traffic and sales. Pinterest is a particular area of focus; the social network, founded in 2010, is fairly new and growing fast. The image-based network has been found to generate sales, and retail giants such as Target and Nordstrom have utilized this. Social media is used globally Billions of people around the world use social media, and retailers are increasingly witnessing the benefits of this. A study found that 89% of marketers reported found increased… Read more

Extensive marketing campaigns do little to improve Marks and Spencer’s sales

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M&S’, one of the leading apparel retailers in the UK; clothing sales have declined for the 10th consecutive quarter.  As discussed in the MarketLine case study, High street fashion retailers: Survival of the fittest, this was partly because of heavy discounting over the Christmas period. 2014 is also proving to be a difficult year for M&S; the company reported underlying pre-tax profits had dropped by 4% to £623m (approx. $973.9m) in the 52 weeks to March 29 2014. The drop in profits was driven by a 1.4% fall in like… Read more

Inglot refuses to play by the rules and wins a share of global make-up market

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Founded over 30 years ago, in the small Polish town of Przemysl, Inglot Cosmetics started as a chemical manufacturer, producing cleaning fluid for cassette players and cheap eye shadows. Within only a few years, taking advantage of the changing political situation in the country, the company became a large cosmetics manufacturer with a presence at all major beauty gatherings and events around the globe, from the runways of Fashion Week to the stages and sets of TV and Broadway musicals. As examined in the MarketLine Case Study ‘Inglot Cosmetics –… Read more

Womenswear – Industry Analysis

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Introduction Clothing is an essential item, with consumer choice being influenced by factors such as fashion and a desire to signal social status. Demand patterns are susceptible to branding and advertising, which, despite the lack of significant switching costs, tends to weaken buyer power. Industry figures The global womenswear market had total revenues of $638.1bn in 2013, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2% between 2009 and 2013. The Asia-Pacific and Middle East and African markets showed particularly strong growth, in comparison to Europe over this period, with… Read more

Targeted products and male grooming to drive Avon’s revenues

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Avon can use the increasing demand for targeted products (products specifically formulated and aimed at certain demographics) in the beauty industry to its advantage and to help drive the company’s revenues. The surge in consumer interest in natural personal care products around the globe has driven outstanding growth in this segment. According to MarketLine data, the global market for natural and organic beauty products was nearly $8bn in 2012, and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 10% during 2012–17. The prime reason for the surge in the popularity… Read more

Avon’s expansion in emerging markets

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Avon’s door to door sales strategy is key to its success and one which sets it apart from its rivals such as L’Oreal, Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden which sell products through department stores and specialty shops.  Door to door sales are particularly popular in Brazil, In fact leading Brazilian manufacturer of beauty and personal care products Natura decided to follow the success of Avon’s Brazilian operations and employed a door to door sales model. Research findings from MarketLine in 2012 found that Avon holds a larger market share than… Read more

Segmented marketing driving Inditex’s growth

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In FY2013 Inditex reported strong like for like sales with an increase of 3%. At the end of FY2013 Inditex had grown its operations to 6,340 stores in 87 markets. Under the company’s segmented marketing strategy, each brand tailors its product offering to separate groups and enables catering for multiple customers, allowing Inditex to maximize its consumer base. Prior to the development of market segmentation, mass marketing was the prevailing method; which meant the same product and marketing mix were offered to all consumers.  Inditex adopted the segmented marketing approach… Read more

Fashion in supermarkets not supermarket fashion

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The UK apparel retail industry has experienced fluctuating levels of low growth in recent years which may potentially make it less attractive to new entrants. During a time of financial crisis and low disposable income, consumers are less likely to buy expensive designer wear. According to British national newspaper, the Telegraph, two-thirds of people reported living on less disposable income than last year (2012), and are trying to stretch out a low monthly expenditure budget of £192 ($304). Supermarkets have been able to establish themselves during the economic downturn by… Read more