For the second consecutive year since 2011, multiple retailers are closing more stores. In 2012, 20 stores a day closed on average - compared to 14 a day in 2011.
A review of the 2012 Christmas trading results and our outlook for 2013.
Annual review of M&A activity in consumer goods in 2012 and a look forward to the likely trends in 2013.
The Indian Government has relaxed restrictions on foreign direct investment allowing 100% foreign ownership for single brand retailers enabling them to harness growth opportunities.
Christmas trading performance in 2011 underlined tough consumer spending conditions. In the run up to Christmas, like for like sales were down, but December results were positive. Winning retailers have the right proposition and understand the customer journey.
2011 turned out to be a more difficult year than expected for the consumer. The pace of recovery slowed down due to tough market conditions. 2012 is likely to continue as 2011 left off. But there are reasons for optimism including; the strength of large corporate balance sheets and the interest from sovereign wealth funds and Private Equity, particularly in emerging markets and for niche sectors and brands.
Our first global survey of online shoppers reveals a world rife with online "experts" who shop across all product categories, not just music or books. This online savvy comes with increased demands for faster service, more selection, and more transparent information in shipping and tracking of goods.
Emerging developments for retail and consumer goods companies - Meeting the demands of the new multi channel shopper
New figures from PwC and the Local Data Company show that 20 retail stores a day have closed in the UK in 2011. How do you protect your retail property portfolio against this?