SHOP TALK 

Welcome to Shop Talk, Conlumino’s analysis and commentary on all things retail. Our latest pieces are below. You can use the search function to look for specific posts. Alternatively you can use the filter options at the bottom of the page.

  • APPLE: THE ONE TO WATCH
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    anemptytextlline
    July 22, 2015
    Apple, Apple Store, Apple Watch, Electricals, iPhone
    Another quarter, another strong performance from Apple. But the pattern of growth is changing and the Apple Watch presented challenges. So how did the company do? Apple is one of those companies about which astonishing statistics are calculated. It’s hardly surp...
  • AVON: FADED BEAUTY QUEEN
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    anemptytextlline
    July 13, 2015
    Avon, Beauty, Cosmetics, Ulta
    With a constant stream of negative sales results Avon, once a powerhouse of American beauty retail, is seemingly in terminal decline. Can it ever make up all of the ground it has lost?   Avon’s latest results, which it posted at the end of April, and ...
  • BREAKING OUT OF THE BOX
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    anemptytextlline
    July 9, 2015
    Container Store, Home, Storage
    Despite some new store expansion, Container Store’s first quarter sales were down by 2.1% on last year. With a relatively narrow focus on home storage, does it need to think outside of the box to generate future growth? The first quarter of each trading ye...
  • FAO SCHWARZ WAS OUT OF TUNE
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    anemptytextlline
    July 20, 2015
    Apple Store, FAO Schwarz, Fifth Avenue, Games, New York, Toys, Toys R Us
    Last Wednesday, America’s oldest toy retailer, F.A.O. Schwarz, pulled down the shutters on its Fifth Avenue at 58th Street location for the last time. We take a look at how the retailer got out of tune. They ran excitedly from department to department, ea...
  • RETAIL SALES: GAS PRICES TO THE RESCUE
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    anemptytextlline
    October 14, 2015
    Economy, Electricals, Gasoline, Holiday Retail, Retail sales
    Lower gas prices came to the rescue of the retail sector in September, but will the benefit last into the holiday season? While September cannot be described as a stellar month for retail, it is encouraging to see growth picking up after a very weak August. Across ...
  • UNRAVELING RETAIL SALES
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    anemptytextlline
    July 17, 2015
    Considered Consumption, Consumers, Retail sales
    Retail sales numbers have a story to tell – a story that can often get lost in the complexity of the figures. June’s results are a case in point. Do they indicate a slowing consumer economy, or is the message more positive? Of all the economic numbers,...
  • WALGREENS: THE NEW ALLIANCE
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    anemptytextlline
    July 13, 2015
    Avon, Boots, Drugstores, Liz Earle, Pharmacy, Walgreens
    In the three months to May 31, Walgreen’s total net sales rose by 48.4%. Retail pharmacy sales within the USA were up by 5.3% in total and by 6.3% on a comparable basis. We take a look at the numbers. As its new longer official name suggests, Walgreens Boots...
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