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Retail Insights ‐ Wal‐Mart’s takeover of Asda

Amanda Kirby (Guest Editor)

International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

ISSN: 0959-0552

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



The takeover of Asda by US retail giant Wal‐Mart has created a great deal of speculation by business analysts and the media. Wal‐Mart is recognized as the world’s largest retailer and its move into the UK is creating interest in its future plans for Europe. Some consider that the move will cause a complete realignment of grocery chains across Europe and that the move will be revolutionary. Others consider that the move will simply augment and accelerate current retailing trends but will not completely change the face of supermarket retailing. This issue brings together a variety of viewpoints. First, Paul Whysall reviews and analyses the press coverage. He provides insights into the possible outcomes of the deal. The second piece is an industry insight prepared by Retail Intelligence, which is followed by an overview of the Institute of Grocery Distribution’s research document Wal‐Mart in the UK. Finally, we present a number of abstracts that offer further thoughts on the subject.


Kirby, A. (2000), "Retail Insights ‐ Wal‐Mart’s takeover of Asda", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 1-22.




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