Summit Notebook

Exclusive outtakes from industry leaders

Check Out Line: World Cup boost to Europe sales peetering out

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SOCCERCheck out how European retailers are a little downcast now about the ”World Cup” effect.

France had a spectacular flameout, and Germany, Spain and England have been struggling, leading experts to tell the Reuters Global Retail Summit that they were less optimistic about the boost sales could get from the World Cup mania sweeping the Old Continent.

DSG International, Europe’s No.2 electrical goods retailer, said on Thursday it had seen a 50 percent jump in sales of televisions in the run-up to the tournament and that sales volumes were up 30 percent on the last World Cup in 2006.

And Ian Cheshire, chief executive of Kingfisher, Europe’s biggest home improvements retailer, which has been selling garden gnomes dressed in the England team’s kit, said ”The mood effect is the thing that everyone is looking for, and based on the past week, I’m distinctly not counting on it.”

What’s in a Name?

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Mahindra Satyam’s president of global operations, Atul Kunwar, told us the “first instinct” was to drop the Satyam name when the company was acquired in the wake of India’s biggest corporate fraud.

“We all need to have a name; sometimes we like them, sometimes we don’t,” Kunwar said while explaining that the company known as Satyam Computers was also known for its “solidity” and “great delivery.”

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