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How would a significant decrease in the British rates of interest affect sales for a company like the Dixons Group?

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How would a significant decrease in the British rates of interest affect sales for a company like the Dixons Group? HYPOTHESIS 2 METHODOLOGY 2 FINDINGS 4 INTEREST RATES FOR 1993 - 2001 4 INTERVIEW WITH MANAGER 4 DIXON GROUP (FINANCIAL STATISTICS) 5 INTERVIEW WITH CONSUMERS 5 CONCLUSION / EVALUATION 6 APPENDIX & SOURCES OF DATA 8 APPENDIX 1 - DIXONS HISTORY - TAKEN FROM WWW.DIXON-GROUP-PLC.CO.UK 8 APPENDIX 2 - FROM HEMSCOTT.CO.UK - COMPANY PROFILES AND PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNTS 9 APPENDIX 3 - OTHER SOURCES 10 Hypothesis A considerable decrease in interest rates will lead to an immediate increase in sales for Dixons. Methodology This investigation will be based on how a particular change in the economy would affect a company like Dixon's Group PLC. In this instance I've decided to investigate the effects of change in interest rates. Hence the first thing I will do is to research through the past 10 years to obtain interest rate figures. There is plenty of economical statistics on interest rates widely spread on a variety of sources such as "www.hemscott.com", Financial Times, The UK Economy 1990 - 2000 (Geoff Riley), Economical Trends, "ww.bized.com" and banking websites. Then I'm going to carry out some primary research within the company itself, to find out how change in interest would affect Dixon's. ...read more.

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However for obvious reasons if there's somebody saving money they'd be better off with higher interest rates. Weighting my results I can effectively state that my hypothesis has been proven to be correct. My investigation could have been improved in many ways. Some apparent ones are to have searched for data on Dixons from more than 2 sources to ensure my information to be correct, accurate and not biased. An interview with a director or somebody in a higher status could have been helpful as well. An ideal interview would be with someone involved in Dixon's national finance and economy management. Finally I would like to add to my investigation, that all the graphs and tables were produced or reproduce by myself based on my sources found in my appendix Appendix & Sources Of Data Appendix 1 - Dixons History - Taken from www.dixon-group-plc.co.uk 1996 The Group regained its position in the FTSE-100. Group Chairman Stanley Kalms was awarded a knighthood in the New Year's Honours List in recognition of his services to electrical retailing. In April, Dixons stores became the first to sell the new Advanced Photographic System cameras. The Group wrote off its investment in Fretter Inc. In November, the Group acquired DN Computer Services plc (DNCS), the computer reseller business, which formed part of the PC World division. ...read more.

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2443 2792 3156 3890 pre tax profit �m 102 200 213 231 472 norm earn per share p 6.18 7.57 9.05 9.94 9.29 FRS3 earn per share p 3.93 8.03 8.65 9.55 21.1 div per share p 2.19 2.63 3.18 3.83 4.60 intangibles �m - - - - 443 fixed assets �m 208 269 327 364 501 fixed investments �m 16.7 15.4 1.40 1.90 85.8 stocks �m 411 425 435 427 513 debtors �m 117 214 275 288 358 cash, securities �m 550 550 654 757 893 creditors short �m 493 599 655 663 947 creditors long �m 450 357 396 411 827 prefs, minorities �m 9.30 14.9 15.7 18.7 42.2 ord cap, reserves �m 352 502 626 746 977 mkt capitalisation �m 1986 2196 2488 5763 5004 Appendix 3 - Other Sources * http://www.dixons-group-plc.co.uk/ Dixon's Store 19/20 Western Road BRIGHTON East Sussex BN1 2EA 01273-326311 - Dixons Brighton (Store Manager: David Williams) * www.Biz-ed.co.uk * Riley's UK economy 1990 - 2000 Advanced Level Economics - 1996 Commersial MP3 Instrumentals - 400MB Anti Pop Audio Compositor 3.3d Audio Plugins for Cubase VST (version 5) * AudioCD MP3 Studio 1.1a BPM Studio Professional Cakewalk Paradise: Cakewalk Audio Finder 1.5 Cakewalk Audio FX1 v1.02 Cakewalk Audio FX2 v1.0 Cakewalk Audio FX3 v1.0 Cakewalk Express Gold 6.02 Cakewalk Grove Maker 1.1a Cakewalk Home Studio 9.0 Cakewalk Page 1 of 12 ...read more.

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