Consumer Products & Retail

Kraft-Heinz/Unilever- A Close Shave

Fram Hansotia Kraft Heinz’s proposed £114bn bid for consumer products giant Unilever has fallen through under alleged pressure from the British Government, with conflicting reports about whether Unilever rejected the bid, or Kraft Heinz “amicably” withdrew it. It would have been the second largest deal in history, creating the world’s largest consumer goods company and…

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Tesco buys food wholesaler Booker

Fram Hansotia Tesco has agreed a £3.7bn deal to buy wholesalers Booker, adding the FTSE 250 company’s network of cash & carry depots, convenience store brands, and food service business to its portfolio. Booker had sales of £5bn and an operating profit of £155m in the year to March 2016.   There are four main…

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AO World, a Future in Europe

Hugh Schofield Founded in 2000 due to a £1 bet between the present CEO, John Roberts and one of this good friends, online retailer of white goods, AO World has become one of the most influential players in the UK and a rising star in Europe. However, like all companies with business links with the…

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De Beers are a Girl’s Best Friend

Fram Hansotia The increasing amount of synthetic diamonds have disrupted a market that is based upon the premise of relative scarcity justifying premium prices. Synthetic diamonds have the same physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds. The only way consumers can distinguish them as man-made is by the disclosures that companies attach, however this is…

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Black Friday brings little cheer for retailers

Fram Hansotia ‘Black Friday’, the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally referred to as the first day of the year when retailers in the US turned profitable, or shifted “into the black”. Over time, online retailers like Amazon have realized the potential of increasing sales by offering one-off discounts to global customers. British retailers have been slower…

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Where do You Want to go on Holiday?

The Brexit effect on the UK tourism and airline industry Hugh Schofield After the vote to leave the EU on the 23rd of June, the pound crashed from a high of $1.50 to about $1.26.  The pound to euro also devalued from just over €1.30 to €1.16. This decrease in the value of the pound…

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M&S – an Uncertain Future

by Fram Hansotia Marks and Spencer Group plc (M&S), established in 1884, is a major British multinational retailer based in the UK that specializes in clothing, home products, and food products. It has over 1,380 stores around the world and is a member of the FTSE 100 Index. In 1998, the company became the first…

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Card Factory: Greeting an inevitable demise?

Jemima Atkins Card Factory Plc (CARD.L) is the UK’s leading retailer of low-value greeting cards and associated gifts. The Group has 814 stores across the UK, as well as two branded websites selling standard and personalised cards and gifts. The company is showing strong performance, with a total sales growth of 8.1% in the 11…

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Chipotle mexican grill profile

Richard Prentice Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. established in 1993 in Colorado by Steve Ells, is an international chain of ‘fast casual’ restaurants supplying a menu of burritos, tacos, salads. Chipotle has seen strong growth since its initial creation. The company’s revenues grew to $4108 million in 2014, 27.80% higher than the year previously. Chipotle’s Business…

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Smartwatches are not calling time on Swiss timepieces

Jemima Atkins Despite its launch back in April, the Apple Watch only recently started to revolutionise the smartwatch industry, with the advent of its partnership with Hermès. The elevation of the genre from tech accessory to fashion accessory has marked the beginning of a new era for the smartwatch industry, which is evolving to appeal…

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