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Weekly US and UK Store Openings and Closures Tracker 2019, Week 49: Citi Trends Plans To Open up to 30 Stores Annually

Our Weekly US and UK Store Openings and Closures Tracker reports on store closures, openings and bankruptcies. This week, there are highlights from Forever 21, Lidl and Toys “R” Us in the US and Bonmarché in the UK. In the US, year-to-date announced closures have already exceeded the total we recorded for the full year 2018.

Insights into Belgrade’s Innovation Ecosystem

We discuss the nature and impact of the emerging technology innovation ecosystem of Belgrade in Serbia, which is evolving as a solid community of innovative companies and as a regional hub for the Balkans and Southeast Europe. The Coresight Research team visited Belgrade to talk with notable accelerators and startups, including one that applies blockchain technology in the food supply chain and another that helps retailers with staff training.

Aldi and Lidl Global Update

Aldi and Lidl are growing store numbers, adjusting formats to serve regional markets and moving further into e-commerce. We discuss global developments and growth metrics, with a focus on the US, the UK and China.

Holiday 2019: UK Black Friday Insights

On November 29, Coresight Research’s UK team undertook its fifth annual tour of stores in central London for Black Friday. In this report, we pick out likely outperformers, one apparent underperformer and other stores of note. We also provide a table comparing promotions this year to those of 2018.

Monthly Consumer Update: US, UK and China

Macro economic indicators from the US, UK and China all seem to point to positive – but growth seems unsteady and although positive there remain areas of concern. This report captures the big picture and what it means for retail as we head into the holidays.

Supply Chain Briefing: Four Ways Companies Are Simplifying Their Supply Chains

Supply Chain Briefing: Four Ways Companies Are Using to Approach Supply Chain Simplification Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, prompting global retailers to look for ways to simplify processes to speed operations and cut costs. Companies are streamlining supply chains by consolidating vendors, unifying data systems and streamlining distribution channels by selling directly to consumers.

Luxury Giant LVMH To Buy Tiffany for $16.2 Billion

On November 25, French luxury conglomerate LVMH announced that it will buy Tiffany & Co, an American luxury jewelry retailer, for $135 per share for a total value of $16.2 billion. We discuss how this acquisition jumpstarts LVMH’s global presence in the fine jewelry market at a time when demand for jewelery is resurging.

Key Insights from CEW’s Connected Consumer Conference 2019

We discuss the key insights from the Connected Consumer Conference 2019, with an emphasis on the beauty sector. We cover the changing consumption in China and findings from Singles’ Day this year, the emergence of “harmonized retail” and the growing influence of social media in commerce.

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