Retail executives to debate top issues at Reuters Summit

Leading names in consumer and retail goods will visit the Reuters’ bureaus in New York and London from 27-28 June 2011 to discuss the outlook for the sector in a series of exclusives interviews.

The stories and videos from the closed on-the-record sessions at the Reuters Consumer and Retail Summit will be posted online at

According to Reuters, retailers and the companies that supply their goods are trying to thrive in a new world where a flood of economic challenges, volatile commodity costs and changing shopping habits are constantly reshaping the industry.

Around the world, shoppers continue to take a cautious approach when buying everything from food to fashion, leaving retailers little wiggle room to raise prices, the global news agency says.

Retailers and consumer goods makers face rivals in stores, online and increasingly in the palms of shoppers’ hands, as mobile phone users quickly compare products and prices with the swipe of a finger. Some companies are looking outside of their main businesses for growth, either by offering new services or debating the merits of an acquisition, said Reuters.

While summer is just getting underway, executives and industry experts speaking with Reuters during closed sessions in London and New York will discuss the crucial holiday season, when retailers ring up the bulk of their sales. Children’s products are a key part of the business, and everyone is wondering whether there will be a hot new item that can spur sales growth, according to Reuters.

Reuters said its Consumer and Retail Summit will generate exclusive stories and investable insights, as well as online videos and blog postings, which can be seen at:

Some live recordings of this Summit will be available exclusively through Reuters Insider. For more information, visit:

Guests speaking at the Reuters Consumer and Retail Summit will include:

* Tesco CEO of retail services Andrew Higginson;
* Asda CFO Judith McKenna;
* Toys R Us chairman and CEO Jerry Storch;
* Hasbro President and CEO Brian Goldner;
* Office Depot chairman and CEO Neil Austrian;
* J Sainsbury CFO John Rogers;
* Lululemon Athletica CFO John Currie;
* LeapFrog CEO John Barbour;
* Children’s Place CEO Jane Elfers;
* Waitrose Managing Director Mark Price;
* Jarden Executive Chairman Martin Franklin;
* Jarden CEO James Lillie;
* GameStop President Tony Bartel;
* Lululemon Athletica Executive VP of General Merchandise Management and Supply Chain Sheree Waterson;
* Halfords CEO David Wild;
* Peter J. Solomon President Kenneth Berliner;
* Peter J. Solomon Managing Director Marc Cooper;
* International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Chief Economist and Director of Research Michael Niemira;
* Experian marketing services general manager of research Bill Tancer;
* AlixPartners managing director and head of global retail practice David Bassuk;
* ULTA Salon, cosmetics & fragrance CEO Chuck Rubin; and
* N Brown finance director Dean Moore