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28 June 2012

Retail sector drives growth in private equity buyoutsp

The UK private equity buyout market saw a strong first half of 2012, with £8bn in buyouts - including £2bn from an active retail sector.

9 January 2007

US food & restaurant industries outlook is stable, but cost pressures are loomingp

With the exception of the protein processors, whose demand and production cycles have been destabilised by the market impact of animal diseases, the operating performance of the food and restaurant industries was generally stable throughout 2006 says Fitch. Many firms absorbed higher energy and packaging costs, which moderated during the latter half of the year, but still remain relatively high and are expected to stay in that range in the near-term.

31 March 2003

Retail – Boom or Bust in 2003p

A buoyant and investor friendly UK retail sector looks set to repeat last year's robust performance says Rhys Williams of Seymour Pierce. But there are a few storm clouds on the horizon. Personal debt levels have risen in the UK, the housing market has softened and the war in Iraq will all serve to dampen consumer confidence.

28 March 2003

Retail – Boom or Bust in 2003p

A buoyant and investor friendly UK retail sector looks set to repeat last year's robust performance says Rhys Willaims of Seymour Pierce. But there are a few storm clouds on the horizon. Personal debt levels have risen in the UK, the housing market has softened and the war in Iraq, will all serve to dampen consumer confidence.

17 December 2002

UK Retailingp

The UK retail sector is highly fragmented, with about 200,000 retailing enterprises registered for VAT, according to Barclays Bank plc. The players have been operating in an increasingly competitive environment, although the sector remains healthy – the industry's output has risen at a much faster rate than total GDP growth over the last ten years.

24 September 2002

Retail and venture capitalp

Retail can present important opportunities for private equity firms, says Sarah Whitney of PwC. The increasing fragmentation of the sector will lead to more and more M&A activity in the future. Large UK retailers, like other large corporations, have been divesting themselves of non-core operations in recent months, and private equity firms can benefit from this.

27 August 2002

Time to reconsider the retail sectorp

Private equity investors are cautious of the retail sector as many regard it as inherently volatile, impossible to analyse, depe.dent on the flair of maverick entrepreneurs and difficult to influence if things go wrong. Michael Jary and James George of OC&C Strategy Consultants argue, however, that the sector remains sound for private equity investment as it continues to be susceptible to the disciplines of good management like any ‘industrial' business.


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