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UK Retail Briefing - April 2010

UK Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis that includes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & A activities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally each month, UK Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific UK retail sector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, making this an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the UK retail industry.

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Table of contents

  1. The Impending Scrap in the Electricals Market

    • Best Buy won’t find the UK market a push over
      • Why the Fuss?
        • Weak local players
          • Now all that has changed
            • And PC World?
              • Competition is good for the sector
              • Headlines of the Month

                • Food retailers
                  • Clothing
                    • Mixed goods
                      • Multi-sector
                        • Department stores
                          • DIY
                            • Electricals
                              • Carpet retailers
                                • Home shopping
                                  • Miscellaneous
                                  • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                      • Retail sales trends
                                        • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                        • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2008-10
                                      • John Lewis
                                        • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2008-10
                                      • Inflation and wages
                                        • Figure 4: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2008-10
                                      • The RPI up again
                                        • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-10
                                      • Looking forward
                                      • Sector Focus – Mixed Goods

                                          • Sales trends
                                            • Figure 6: Mixed goods retailers relative to all retail sales, 1999-2009
                                            • Figure 7: Mixed goods retailers, sales trends, 2000-09
                                          • Retail price inflation
                                            • Consumer expenditure
                                              • Figure 8: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories (£m), 2005-09
                                            • Leading retailers
                                              • Figure 9: Mixed goods retailers – Leading players, 2008/09
                                          • News Analysis

                                            • Co-ops (retail)
                                              • Co-operative Group profits boosted by acquisitions
                                                • Grocers
                                                  • Asda offers top executives early pay to avoid 50% tax
                                                    • Bond stands down as Asda chief executive
                                                      • Sainsbury's
                                                        • …sales up 4.4% in Q4
                                                          • …launches Nectar credit cards
                                                            • Tesco launches Couture clothing range
                                                              • Waitrose circles EAT
                                                                • Off-licences
                                                                  • Oddbins reports strong sales
                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                      • Tommy Hilfiger sold for $3 billion
                                                                        • Alexon raises £20.3 million through capital raising
                                                                          • Ann Summers to expand its brand
                                                                            • Ben Sherman posts FY loss
                                                                              • French Connection losses widen
                                                                                • Matalan completes refinancing
                                                                                  • Monsoon sees profits rise eight-fold
                                                                                    • Moss Bros chairman steps down
                                                                                      • Phase Eight receives bid approaches
                                                                                        • River Island chief steps down
                                                                                          • Ted Baker profits rise 3.6%
                                                                                            • Footwear retailing
                                                                                              • LK Bennett sees sales surge
                                                                                                • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                  • Mothercare sales dented by bad weather
                                                                                                    • Poundland announces bullish expansion plans
                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                        • Laura Ashley profit up 7.8%
                                                                                                          • M&S
                                                                                                            • …Q4 LFLs up 5.1%
                                                                                                              • …unveils new ad strategy
                                                                                                                • Next profits climb 18%
                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                    • Stockmann unaware of Debenhams bid rumours
                                                                                                                      • Debenhams
                                                                                                                        • …posts £114.5 million profit
                                                                                                                          • Harrods not for sale, says Fayed
                                                                                                                            • House of Fraser outlines expansion plans
                                                                                                                              • John Lewis launches new department to tempt international shoppers
                                                                                                                                • Liberty posts EBITDA increase
                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                    • Kingfisher FY profits surge 49%
                                                                                                                                      • Wickes to trial new format
                                                                                                                                        • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                          • Best Buy to open first UK store in May
                                                                                                                                            • DSG plans massive megastore roll-out
                                                                                                                                              • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                • Carpetright issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • DFS founder considers refinancing options
                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                        • Findel chairman steps down
                                                                                                                                                          • Ideal Shopping posts profit after turnaround
                                                                                                                                                            • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                              • …FY sales up
                                                                                                                                                                • …to float after general election
                                                                                                                                                                  • Play.com appoints new chief
                                                                                                                                                                    • Richemont completes Net-a-Porter acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • Lush profits fall in 2009
                                                                                                                                                                          • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                            • Clinton Cards profits jump 29% in H1
                                                                                                                                                                              • Card Factory to be sold to Charterhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                • Music and DVD retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • HMV to extend product offering
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ashley could raise £26 millions Blacks bid
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blacks snubs Sports Direct takeover offer
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct makes offer for Faith
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Signet records solid FY results
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Halfords to close central Europe businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • CBI: retail sales grow for second consecutive month
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • London retail LFLs up 9.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ONS: Retail sales rebound in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Scottish retail sales worst for 11 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK retail sales up 6.6% in March

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ann Summers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Apax Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ben Sherman
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Birthdays Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Blacks Outdoor Division Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Brico Depôt (France)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Britannia Building Society
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Calvin Klein, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cinven Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Clinton Cards Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Faith Footwear Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ideal Shopping Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jane Norman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Liberty International
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • LK Bennett Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lush Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • MFI Furniture Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Monsoon Accessorize Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Nectar
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Newcastle United PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Oddbins Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Phase Eight Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Philips Van Heusen
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Phoenix Equity Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Rakuten
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Richemont Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • River Island Clothing Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sainsbury's Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Screwfix UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Stockmann Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Carphone Warehouse Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The North Face Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Tommy Hilfiger Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Waterstones Booksellers

                                                                                                                                                                                                              UK Retail Briefing - April 2010

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