Whitepapers

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Discounting, promotions and sales are now a normal part of retailing practice but their widespread use is detrimental to the health of the sector

Introduction The topic for this white paper was debated by the KPMG /SPSL Retail Think Tank in early 2008 during what is traditionally the main ‘sale season’ of the retailing year.  This was also timely as the Christmas shopping season of 2007 was widely reported as having been heavily reliant on discounting to drive footfall.…

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The ongoing and future roles of the supermarkets in the retail sector

In timely fashion, this White Paper was prepared soon after the Competition Commission’s latest announcement on the progress of its investigation into the UK’s supermarket business. The amount of media coverage generated by what was just an interim announcement highlights how the subject of the supermarkets’ growing influence over the retail sector remains highly contentious.In…

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Is internet retailing all it’s cracked up to be?

If there is one thing guaranteed to get people talking when it comes to retail, it’s the debate over just how big internet retailing could become.Without a doubt, the advent of internet retailing is the biggest thing to happen to the UK retail sector for years. However, the question needs to be asked as to…

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