Arcadia Group: Retail Analysis June 2017

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Taveta Investments Ltd, the parent company for Arcadia Group, has just (June 7th, 2017) published group accounts for the 12 months to 27 August 2016. The results are not a disaster but saying that the Arcadia Group is suffering is to put it in a positive light.

However, this is not wholly unexpected. Compound revenue growth for the group has not even managed to reach inflation levels. What is worse is that many of its international competitors have capitalised on the groups inability to grow significantly for over a decade. H&M, Primark and Zara had combined revenues of £1.2bn in 2004 and in the same year Taveta posted revenues of £1.7bn. In 2015 the combined revenues of H&M, Zara and Primark were £4.4bn, more than double that of Taveta's £2.1bn.

It is easy to point a finger at Sir Green's famous cost cutting strategy. However, we think there are quite a few reasons for the relative decline of Arcadia brands, in particular the Topshop brand. Using celebrities was a surefire way to grow revenue when Sir Green signed up Kate Moss for the first time. However, since then the world has changed...

Sir Green loves the limelight and is not shying away from a fight. However, fighting public opinion is one bust-up that he is unlikely to win. We suggest he should remove himself as the public face of the company, break-up the group (if he can find willing takers for all non Topshop/Topman/Ivy Park brands) and package all property companies into a separate entity.


This report is a 6-page outline of Styleintelligence ideas on how to return the company to growth.


This is a FREE DOWNLOAD (NO CARD DETAILS REQUIRED) four-page Retail Growth Diagnostic report outlining new revenue stream suggestions.



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