European Retail Correspondent, Zurich
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Dec 16, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
Dec 16, 2013

Analysis: H&M could do more to catch a lift from designer collaborations

BERLIN (Reuters) – Designer collaborations are helping Hennes & Mauritz (HMb.ST: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rise above a reputation for cheap chic, but the world’s second-biggest clothing retailer could do more to entrench that upmarket lift and defend its shrinking margins.

Fired up by blanket billboard advertising and a social media blitz, shoppers stormed H&M stores and websites on November 14 for the launch of a limited-edition collection by Parisian Isabel Marant, famed for her edgy bohemian designs.

Dec 16, 2013

H&M could do more to catch a lift from designer collaborations

BERLIN, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Designer collaborations are
helping Hennes & Mauritz rise above a reputation for
cheap chic, but the world’s second-biggest clothing retailer
could do more to entrench that upmarket lift and defend its
shrinking margins.

Fired up by blanket billboard advertising and a social media
blitz, shoppers stormed H&M stores and websites on Nov. 14 for
the launch of a limited-edition collection by Parisian Isabel
Marant, famed for her edgy bohemian designs.

Dec 12, 2013

Metro targets ‘marked’ profit rise after dividend scrapped

COLOGNE, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Metro, Europe’s
fourth-biggest retailer, is aiming for a significant improvement
in profitability next year when it will launch a campaign to
update its global image after it reported a net loss and
cancelled its dividend.

The sprawling German group, which runs cash and carries,
supermarkets, department stores and Europe’s top consumer
electronics chain, is in the midst of slimming down its
portfolio and cutting costs to try to revive its fortunes.

Dec 10, 2013
Nov 29, 2013

Amazon Germany says more worried about snow than strikes

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has no intention of bowing to pressure from striking workers in Germany, its second biggest market behind the United States, and is more worried about bad weather hurting Christmas deliveries, its country head said.

“We are talking about a minority who take part in actions brought on by the union,” Ralf Kleber told Reuters in an interview.

Nov 27, 2013

Analysis: No checkouts, no chocolate: Online shopping hits impulse buys

LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) – For consumers, one of the great things about shopping online is bypassing the queue to check out. For producers of the candy, magazines and drinks often sold there, it’s a problem.

In Britain, the country where e-commerce is most popular, about 13 percent of people do all or most of their grocery shopping online. Yet this only accounts for 5 percent of overall spending, suggesting consumers spend more when they visit a store.

Nov 27, 2013

No checkouts, no chocolate: Online shopping hits impulse buys

LONDON/BERLIN, Nov 27 (Reuters) – For consumers, one of the
great things about shopping online is bypassing the queue to
check out. For producers of the candy, magazines and drinks
often sold there, it’s a problem.

In Britain, the country where e-commerce is most popular,
about 13 percent of people do all or most of their grocery
shopping online. Yet this only accounts for 5 percent of overall
spending, suggesting consumers spend more when they visit a
store.

Nov 25, 2013