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UK Retail Briefing - August 2011

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 Comment

      • Small supermarkets
        • So why?
          • Not a C-store
            • Rethinking the supply chain
              • Beating expectations
                • Going full circle
                • Headlines for the Month

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

                                                • Key points
                                                  • Retail sales trends
                                                      • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                                    • June – the indications are poor
                                                      • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2010-11
                                                    • John Lewis
                                                      • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2010-11
                                                      • Figure 4: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2010-11
                                                    • Inflation and wages
                                                      • Figure 5: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2008-11
                                                    • Inflation remains uncomfortably high
                                                      • Figure 6: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2010-11
                                                    • Looking forward
                                                    • Sector Focus – Food Retailers

                                                        • Sector relatives
                                                          • Figure 7: Food retailers’ sales as % of all retail sales, 2006-Q2 2011
                                                        • Retail sales data
                                                          • Figure 8: Food retailers’ sales, 2006-11
                                                          • Figure 9: Food retailers’ sales: annual % change, Jan-Jun 2011 (current prices)
                                                          • Figure 10: Food retailers’ sales: annual % change, Jan-Jun 2011 (constant prices)
                                                        • Consumer prices inflation
                                                          • Figure 11: CPI, selected categories, Jan 2010-Jun 2011
                                                          • Figure 12: CPI, selected categories, Jan 2010-Jun 2011
                                                        • Mintel’s tracker survey
                                                            • Figure 13: Mintel Tracker Survey extracts: Agreement with statements on grocery shopping, Aug 2010-Jul 2011
                                                          • Consumer expenditure
                                                            • Leading retailers
                                                                • Figure 16: Leading food retailers in the UK, 2009/10-2010/11
                                                                • Figure 17: Leading food retailers’ non-retail share of sales, 2010/11
                                                            • News Analysis

                                                              • Grocers
                                                                • Co-operative Food launches new Free From and Wholefoods ranges
                                                                  • Iceland founder hires Rothschild
                                                                    • Morrisons
                                                                      • …hopes to acquire Iceland stores
                                                                        • …is fastest growing of the big four retailers
                                                                          • Nisa-Today to pay £5m to members following record performance
                                                                            • Sainsbury's
                                                                              • …and Jamie Oliver split after 11 years
                                                                                • …launches non-food app
                                                                                  • Tesco
                                                                                    • …struggling to find partners in online venture
                                                                                      • …superstore and retail park approved
                                                                                        • …to offer customers free WiFi internet service
                                                                                          • Waitrose
                                                                                            • …plots clothing launch
                                                                                              • …sales grow in first half
                                                                                                • Whole Foods Market to expand north of the UK border
                                                                                                  • Food specialists
                                                                                                    • Greggs reports profits fall but sales rise
                                                                                                      • Thorntons’ like-for-like sales fall
                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                          • H&M teams up with David Beckham
                                                                                                            • Aquascutum receives £8m loan
                                                                                                              • Arcadia expects profits fall
                                                                                                                • Bond Street Association campaign to smarten area up
                                                                                                                  • Burberry like-for-like up 15%
                                                                                                                    • Forever 21 opens in Oxford Street
                                                                                                                      • French Connection reports as expected first half results
                                                                                                                        • Hobbs aims to expand stores as range grows
                                                                                                                          • Jack Wills eyes sale or float next year
                                                                                                                            • Lipsy to open 40 international stores
                                                                                                                              • Matalan reports quarterly sales drop
                                                                                                                                • Next reports solid first half sales
                                                                                                                                  • Nicole Farhi relocates London flagship store
                                                                                                                                    • Primark sees strong sales growth but margins down
                                                                                                                                      • River Island returns to print ads
                                                                                                                                        • SuperGroup more than doubles full-year profits
                                                                                                                                          • Zara UK sees increase in sales and profits
                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                              • Marks & Spencer sales rise and group increases market share
                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                  • Allders launches transactional website
                                                                                                                                                    • Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                      • …completes £650m refinancing
                                                                                                                                                        • …terminate Jane Norman concessions
                                                                                                                                                          • House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                            • …opening click-and-collect store
                                                                                                                                                              • …sales up
                                                                                                                                                                • John Lewis to open 10 smaller stores
                                                                                                                                                                  • Liberty to launch kidswear
                                                                                                                                                                    • TJ Hughes
                                                                                                                                                                      • …begins store closures
                                                                                                                                                                        • …stores bought by Lewis's Home Retail
                                                                                                                                                                          • Mixed goods retailers
                                                                                                                                                                            • Original Factory Shop posts fall in profits
                                                                                                                                                                              • Poundland expands into Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • B&Q plans to lease products
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kingfisher sales harmed by Focus collapse
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Robert Dyas could be sold
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topps Tiles sees Q3 sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Travis Perkins reports 54% revenue increase
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                              • United Carpets reports level profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpetright reports 1.5% drop in group sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mothercare UK sales hit by tough conditions
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Halfords like-for-like sales drop by 1.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Best Buy to launch customer magazine
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Carphone Warehouse sees mixed quarter one results
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …bidders exit battle for store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sets first-round bids deadline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dixons to open in Harrods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jessops post sales growth in first half of 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dreams' supplier cover cut by credit insurer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lombok closes half its estate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Achica receives investment from Balderton Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cath Kidston hires Claire's Stores boss as CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Garden Centre Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …acquires Country Homes & Gardens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales up 8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The White Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …EBITDA rises as boss plans exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …opens second lifestyle store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon to open new UK fulfilment centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Asos sales rise 69%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BrandAlley launches TV channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Findel group reports sales up 1.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Flying Brands enters personalised cards market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • N Brown signs Flintoff as new face of Jacamo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ocado to open new distribution centre in Oxford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Photobox buys Moonpig for £120m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Wiggle sees increase in performances and expands into Holland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Superdrug's Beautycard sees 4m sign up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Fragrance Shop reports rising profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Card Factory acquires online rival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Clintons gets new CEO from October 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • HobbyCraft reports 13% sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Paperchase profits hit by Borders fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Works targets online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Blacks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …potentially taken over by Mike Ashley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …makes "good progress" in turnaround plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …saves itself from administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports Direct profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Aurum continues sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pandora sales fall and CEO exits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Game to sell digital games in-store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Games Workshop sees revenues and profits slip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hamleys reports operating profit increase of over 40%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BAA increases net retail income per passenger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • BRC: June retail sales better than expected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BRC: Retail growth is modest in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Capital Shopping Centres reports rising retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • CSL and Mamas & Papas sign up to Lakeside extension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • E-commerce growth slows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Fewer trips made to non-food stores in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Food inflation slows in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Government to cut red tape for retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Grocers fined for price fixing on dairy products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • June inflation falls back to 4.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • London to see world's first pop-up mall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mobile retail searches rise 216% in second quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • OFT call for return of RRP on electrical items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Retail administrations increase 8% year-on-year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Retail employment falls by 0.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sales volumes rise 0.8% month-on-month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shop vacancy rates fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shoppers spent £5.3bn online in June 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shopping centres in Wales and Scotland purchased

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