Network guide: Vauxhall

Vauxhall’s 140 business partners who run the franchise’s 337 sales outlets will play a pivotal role in Vauxhall’s campaign to push back against erosion of sales by premium brands during 2017, nominated by chairman and managing director Rory Harvey as a landmark year in terms of a new product offensive and continuing accelerating changes in the car retailing environment.

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Lower volumes and strong demand bolsters values

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ALD Automotive considers direct sales future

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Seat looks to innovative in automotive retail

Seat believes its new retail store within the Lakeside shopping centre – the first Seat Store in the world – will expose the brand to millions of new potential customers, offer lessons on the evolution of automotive retail, and provide incremental business.

Speaking at the official opening of the new store, Seat UK director Richard Harrison said: “This is the most exciting period in our history, a transformation of the brand. We have a clear plan to turn Seat into a real challenger brand in the UK.

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Another poor month for UK auto retail

Fears of a slowdown in the UK auto retail new car market continue to hit investor sentiment in the sector and it was another poor month for auto retail stocks on the London exchange. This despite a broad consensus that the shares have been oversold and there are a number of buying opportunities for those with a medium to long term view.

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Return on effort pays off, but not everyone is smiling

Turnover and return on sales percentages were up for automotive retailers in 2015, but growth was most prevalent among the larger groups while the smaller businesses appear to have struggled.

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Online Christmas sales sparkle but footfall disappoints

The all-important lead-up to the final Christmas bricks-and-mortar retail push lacked sparkle according to an industry report. Boxing Day proved to be particularly disappointing; footfall was down 19.9 percent year-on-year in shopping centres, while high street retailers recorded a 2.2 percent decline compared with 2015. Out of town retail parks recorded a 4.2 percent drop according to retail analysts Springboard.

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Agenda 01 January 2017

Online to offline, and back

As an industry we bang-on about getting a smoother transition for the customer’s online experience to the showroom experience, so I thought I’d share with you a recent online-offline purchase I endured in a different sector.

Pop-ups or cock-ups?

The ever growing trend of automotive “pop-ups” in retail malls is both a good thing and a bad thing. At its best, it shows brands are beginning to think about retailing cars rather than selling them. However, at worst it’s like me putting on a football top and thinking I am a footballer – it’s just window dressing and doesn’t (or shouldn’t) fool anyone.

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