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UK Retail Briefing - August 2010

UK Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis thatincludes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & Aactivities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally eachmonth, UK Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific UK retailsector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, makingthis an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the UK retailindustry.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Groceries Code Adjudicator
      • Supplier relations
        • Customers have benefited
          • Will it work?
            • Do we need it?
            • Headlines for the Month

              • Food retailers
                • Clothing retailers
                  • Mixed goods
                    • Multi-sector
                      • Department stores
                        • DIY
                          • Electricals
                            • Carpet retailing
                              • Furniture retailing
                                • Home shopping
                                  • Health and beauty
                                    • Books and stationery
                                      • Sports and leisure
                                        • Miscellaneous
                                        • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                          • Key points
                                            • Retail sales trends
                                              • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                            • BRC and ONS out of line - again
                                              • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2008-10
                                            • John Lewis
                                              • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2009-10
                                            • Inflation and wages
                                              • Figure 4: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2008-10
                                            • The RPI eases back
                                              • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-10
                                            • Looking forward
                                            • Sector Focus – Food Retailers

                                                • Sales trends
                                                  • Figure 6: Food retailers, sales trends, 2001-10
                                                  • Figure 7: Food retailers as % of all retail sales, 2000-10
                                                • Subsectors
                                                  • Figure 8: Breakdown of food retailers’ sales by sub-sector, 2005-10 H1
                                                • Retail price inflation
                                                  • Figure 9: Indices of retail prices for key product categories, 2005-10
                                                • Consumer expenditure
                                                  • Figure 10: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 2005-10 (Q1)
                                                  • Figure 11: Food retailers sales relative to all spending on food and drink, 2000-09
                                                • Leading Food retailers
                                                  • Figure 12: Food retailers: Leading retailers’ share of food retailers’ sales, 2008/09
                                              • News Analysis

                                                • Bakers (retail)
                                                  • Hotel Chocolat raises £3.7 million in chocolate bonds
                                                    • Thorntons suffers further sales woe
                                                      • Grocers
                                                        • Aldi founder Theo Albrecht dies
                                                          • Fidelity buys Ocado stake
                                                            • Ocado hits out at funding claims
                                                              • Government creates new supermarket adjudicator
                                                                • Sainsbury's
                                                                  • …to roll out 'eco-friendly' milk bags
                                                                    • …trials prescription vending machines
                                                                      • Tesco launches £140 million Clubcard promotion
                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                          • Alexon appoints commercial director
                                                                            • Arcadia relaunches all of its fashion sites
                                                                              • Aurora
                                                                                • …appoints new MDs at Coast and Oasis
                                                                                  • …posts £23 million profit
                                                                                    • Fly53 to open 26 stores
                                                                                      • Matalan LFLs up 3%
                                                                                        • Primark
                                                                                          • …appoints Lyttle as new COO
                                                                                            • …to open second Oxford Street store
                                                                                              • Select looking to expand
                                                                                                • SuperGroup posts strong results
                                                                                                  • Topshop to open Tokyo flagship store
                                                                                                    • USC uses website to sell overseas
                                                                                                      • Zara returns to profit
                                                                                                        • LK Bennett to launch in the US
                                                                                                          • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                            • Jones Bootmaker up for sale
                                                                                                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                • Argos trials same day delivery
                                                                                                                  • Mothercare
                                                                                                                    • …buys 25% stake in franchisee
                                                                                                                      • …UK sales down 2.6%
                                                                                                                        • Wilkinson profits soar 120%
                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                            • Alliance Boots takes stake in Turkish company
                                                                                                                              • Fopp to open store in Waterstone's outlet
                                                                                                                                • HMV launches digital music service
                                                                                                                                  • M&S
                                                                                                                                    • …appoints new CFO
                                                                                                                                      • …sells school uniforms for overweight kids
                                                                                                                                        • …starts student initiative
                                                                                                                                          • Next
                                                                                                                                            • …brand Lipsy to broaden offer
                                                                                                                                              • …sales rise 1.3%
                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                  • Beales buys new department store
                                                                                                                                                    • Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                      • …completes refinancing
                                                                                                                                                        • …mulls sale and leaseback deals
                                                                                                                                                          • Harvey Nichols profit increases
                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • Kingfisher cost cuts aid results
                                                                                                                                                                • Robert Dyas back in black
                                                                                                                                                                  • Topps Tiles sales decline slows
                                                                                                                                                                    • Travis Perkins profits up 18.6%
                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • BrightHouse LFLs up 10.7%
                                                                                                                                                                          • Carphone Warehouse posts sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                            • Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                              • …scraps some own brands to streamline offer
                                                                                                                                                                                • …and Phones 4U form partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpetright Q1 sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                      • United Carpets FY profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • DFS appoints new chief
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Habitat hires Waldron as retail director
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mark Elliot rescued from administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dunelm FY revenue climbs 18.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Asos sales surge 54%
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Findel
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …losses widen
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sells CWIO division
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Flying Brands profit down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Shop Direct losses narrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Superdrug plots new TV ad campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Body Shop posts steady results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fragrance Shop posts LFLs increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Perfume Shop trials Superdrug link-up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Borders sells Paperchase for $31 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Works to be sold for £80 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Blacks LFLs down 7.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • JJB shareholder ups stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct posts strong results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Trespass plans major expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Burberry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …buys 50 stores for £70 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sales up 24%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Dobbies posts FY profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Halfords posts mixed results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jessops targets return to profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • BRC: July retail sales hit by economic uncertainty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • CBI: Retail sales up in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • London retail sales climb 14.4% in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Retail sales improve in June, says ONS

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