Senior analyst on the project David Pattison said the majority of companies in this classification are making a loss - and that, in the current economic climate, all companies are facing a difficult trade-off between protecting margins and appeasing price-sensitive customers. Pattison said: "These figures prove the point that a period of consolidation is long overdue. Bit by bit, the weaker players will be removed from the market."
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