CROWDED MARKET: Wesfarmers faces a challenge to embed its successful Bunnings business into the UK. Photos: Attila Csaszar

Wesfarmers fighting on two fronts with Homebase in far-flung Britain

ANALYSIS: No-one knows how long it might take for Wesfarmers’ foreign foray to bear fruit, and at what cost.


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The above article gives a good insight into the situation. However similar comments were made, when Wesfarmers bought the Coles Group. Positive thinking is 90% of success, whilst negative knocking can destroy an enterprise. Wesfarmers' track record needs no proof of success. Even with a change of Directors, as has been mentioned above, the next 'crop' will have been well trained, to continue the successful business into the future!

Bittern, Victoria
Wesfarmers strength is the quality of the executives running the individuals running each business. John Gillam, Peter Davis and Guy Russo have great retail instincts and understand how to leverage assets and develop people. With Homebase Bunnings is following a careful plan that has every chance of working. B&Q and Wickes have incumbency but no momentum.

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