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UK Retail Briefing - August 2009

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. Analyst’s Comment

    • The man (or woman) at the top
      • A shining example
        • The importance of leadership
          • And who got it right?
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Food retailing
              • Clothing
                • Mixed goods
                  • DIY
                    • Homewares
                      • Health and beauty
                        • Miscellaneous
                        • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                            • Retail sales trends
                              • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                            • Fed up with austerity?
                              • Early indications for July
                                • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2007/09
                                • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2008-09
                              • Inflation and wages
                                • Figure 4: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2007-09
                              • The RPI at the bottom
                                • Figure 5: Sterling - Euro exchange rate, June 08-Aug 09
                                • Figure 6: Sterling – US Dollar exchange rate, June 08-Aug 09
                                • Figure 7: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
                              • Looking forward
                              • Sector Focus – Food Retailers

                                  • Sales trends
                                    • Figure 8: Food retailers, sales trends, 1998-2008
                                    • Figure 9: Food retailers as % of all retail sales, 1998-2009
                                  • Subsectors
                                    • Figure 10: Breakdown of Food retailers’ sales, by sub-sector, 2004-08
                                    • Figure 11: Food retailers: Subsector performance H1 2009 vs H1 2008
                                  • Retail price inflation
                                    • Figure 12: Indices of retail prices for key product categories, 2005-09
                                  • Consumer expenditure
                                    • Figure 13: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 2004-08
                                    • Figure 14: Food retailers sales relative to all spending on food and drink, 2000-08
                                  • Food retailers
                                    • Figure 15: Food Retailers: Leading retailers’ share of food retailers’ sales, 2008/09
                                • Advertising News

                                  • New campaigns
                                    • Co-op starts £18 million advertising review
                                      • Accounts gains and losses
                                        • B&Q £40m account handed to McCann Erickson
                                          • Clarks hires MPG to handle £12 million media business
                                            • H&M signs up with Clear Channel
                                              • Littlewoods appoint Leo Burnett to £12 million creative account
                                              • Executive Appointments

                                                • Former MFI and Woolworths chiefs appointed to Allied Carpets
                                                  • Wheway appointed as new Best Buy Europe chief
                                                    • Primark founder stands down as MD
                                                      • Thorntons appoints Robson as new finance director
                                                      • Advertising Expenditure

                                                          • Figure 16: Total advertising expenditure, by all advertisers (£m), May 2005-May 2009
                                                          • Figure 17: Total advertising expenditure, by all retail advertisers (£m), May 2005-May 2009
                                                        • Use of media
                                                          • Figure 18: Use of media, by retail and all advertisers (£m), May 2008-May 2009
                                                          • Figure 19: Use of media, by retail and all advertisers (%), May 2008-May 2009
                                                        • Top 25 retail advertisers
                                                          • Figure 20: Top 25 retailers, by adspend (£), Apr 2009-May 2009
                                                      • The Month in UK Retailing

                                                        • Bakers (retail)
                                                          • Thorntons
                                                            • …H2 sales up 6.6%
                                                              • …plans overseas expansion
                                                                • Grocers
                                                                  • Asda
                                                                    • …to trial refill-stations to reduce packaging
                                                                      • …to launch social networking site
                                                                        • Morrisons raises profit forecast
                                                                          • Ocado close to completing £40 million fund-raising
                                                                            • Sainsbury's
                                                                              • …launches online non-food service
                                                                                • …announces Scottish expansion plans
                                                                                  • Tesco plans further banking assault
                                                                                    • Waitrose
                                                                                      • …eyes Scottish expansion
                                                                                        • …in talks to integrate Duchy Originals
                                                                                          • …to sell John Lewis homewares
                                                                                            • Other food specialists
                                                                                              • Holland & Barrett gets green light for Julian Graves merger
                                                                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                  • Burberry posts 8% revenue boost
                                                                                                    • Jaeger announces Hong Kong entry
                                                                                                      • Mackays sees profit fall
                                                                                                        • Moss Bros reveals bullish expansion plans
                                                                                                          • New Look to buy five Borders UK stores
                                                                                                            • River Island posts records results
                                                                                                              • Ted Baker launches Born
                                                                                                                • Next posts sales improvement
                                                                                                                  • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                    • Argos to counter weak pound with 5% price hike
                                                                                                                      • Mothercare enjoys sales surge
                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                          • Focus
                                                                                                                            • …faces tough business review
                                                                                                                              • …set to unveil CVA
                                                                                                                                • Kingfisher
                                                                                                                                  • …buoyed by B&Q results
                                                                                                                                    • …mulls franchise move to broaden horizons
                                                                                                                                      • Topps Tiles posts LFLs fall
                                                                                                                                        • Travis Perkins posts H1 profit dip
                                                                                                                                          • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                            • Currys opens in "death store"
                                                                                                                                              • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                • Allied Carpets falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                  • Carpetright
                                                                                                                                                    • …in talks to buy Allied's insurance division
                                                                                                                                                      • …LFLs rise 1.4%
                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                          • Dunelm sees LFLs climb 5%
                                                                                                                                                            • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                              • Flying Brands performance improves
                                                                                                                                                                • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • Superdrug records FY loss
                                                                                                                                                                    • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • Borders
                                                                                                                                                                        • …enters sale talks with Hilco
                                                                                                                                                                          • …auditors raise doubts over future
                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • Blacks Leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                • …posts LFLs drop
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …secures funding for a further year
                                                                                                                                                                                    • JD Sports acquires Canterbury Europe for £6.5 million
                                                                                                                                                                                      • JJB threatens legal action against Ashley
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …suffers 91% profit plunge
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …store purchase faces probe
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Signet suffers Q2 LFLs drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dobbies aims to rent out allotments
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Garden Centre Group LFLs grow in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Game agrees £175 million refinancing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Halfords posts quarterly sales rise

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