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UK Retail Briefing - August 2012

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

    • Walgreens and Boots
      • Merger or takeover?
        • Why?
          • Does it all make sense?
            • So – why the doubts?
              • And Boots?
                • Who benefits?
                • Headlines for the Month

                  • Grocers
                    • Clothing retailing
                      • Mixed goods retailers
                        • Multi-Sector retailing
                          • Miscellaneous specialists
                            • Department Stores
                              • DIY retailing
                                • Music and Video Goods retailing
                                  • Carpet and furniture retailing
                                    • Home Shopping
                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                          • Sports and leisure Goods retailing
                                            • Jewellers
                                              • Economy
                                              • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                                • Key points
                                                  • Retail sales trends
                                                    • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                                  • The BRC data for June
                                                    • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2010-12
                                                  • John Lewis
                                                    • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-Year Growth, 2011-12
                                                  • Inflation and wages
                                                    • Figure 4: RPI vs Average Weekly earnings growth, 2008-2012
                                                  • Inflation
                                                    • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2011-12
                                                  • Looking forward
                                                  • Sector Focus – Food Retailers

                                                      • Mintel’s Tracker
                                                        • Figure 6: Mintel Tracker survey: Agreement with statements on grocery shopping habits, Mar-Jun 2012
                                                        • Figure 7: Mintel Tracker survey: Agreement with statements on grocery shopping habits, by age/affluence, June 2012
                                                      • Retail sales and consumer spending
                                                        • Figure 8: Retail sales, 2007-12
                                                        • Figure 9: Food retailers’ sales as percentage of all retail sales (excl. fuel), 2007-12
                                                        • Figure 10: Consumer spending, 2007-12
                                                      • Inflation
                                                        • Figure 11: Consumer prices index: Year-on-year percentage change, June 2011 – June 2012
                                                        • Figure 12: Primary commodity prices: year-on-year percentage change, Q1 2011 – Q2 2012
                                                      • Leading retailers
                                                          • Figure 13: Leading ten grocery retailers, ranked by 2010/11 revenues, 2010/11 – 2011/12
                                                      • News Analysis

                                                        • Grocers
                                                          • Aldi to create 3,000 new jobs
                                                            • Asda
                                                              • …and Lidl increase pay to farmers after milk price protests
                                                                • …George opens first Guernsey store
                                                                  • …Income Tracker: Disposable income stabilises in June
                                                                    • …to launch financial services
                                                                      • Iceland
                                                                        • …and Farmfoods face milk price protests
                                                                          • …plans to launch online grocery site
                                                                            • …to roll-out Bonus Card and coupon initiative
                                                                              • Morrisons
                                                                                • …and Asda in milk price war
                                                                                  • …launches pop-up play parks
                                                                                    • Nisa sees record sales growth
                                                                                      • Sainsbury’s to introduce renewable energy solution to 100 stores
                                                                                        • Tesco
                                                                                          • …Bank adds mortgages to its offering
                                                                                            • …invests in premium coffee shop
                                                                                              • …launched virtual shopping wall at Gatwick Airport
                                                                                                • …opens Olympic pop-up shop
                                                                                                  • …superstore managing director to head Extra division
                                                                                                    • The Co-operative
                                                                                                      • …Group’s CEO to step down
                                                                                                        • …looks set for further acquisitions
                                                                                                          • …secures £950m refinancing deal
                                                                                                            • Other Food Specialists
                                                                                                              • Greggs' like-for-likes drop due to wet weather and store growth
                                                                                                                • Thorntons reports like-for-like rise in Q4
                                                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                                                    • Bargain Booze to appoint new chief executive
                                                                                                                      • Oddbins launches campaign to oppose 'perverse' Olympic rules
                                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                          • All Saints returns to profit and considers expansion trail
                                                                                                                            • Ann Summers sales up 78%
                                                                                                                              • Burberry
                                                                                                                                • …reports 11% revenue boost
                                                                                                                                  • …to end fragrance licence agreement with InterParfums
                                                                                                                                    • Ethel Austin
                                                                                                                                      • …bought out of administration by Liric
                                                                                                                                        • …falls into administration
                                                                                                                                          • Evans to open new store on Oxford Street
                                                                                                                                            • French Connection
                                                                                                                                              • …kidswear set for international expansion
                                                                                                                                                • …reports falling revenues and issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                  • Jigsaw parent reports £10m loss
                                                                                                                                                    • Next reports strong online growth and ups profit target
                                                                                                                                                      • Primark
                                                                                                                                                        • …plans Milton Keynes flagship
                                                                                                                                                          • …sales rise despite bad weather
                                                                                                                                                            • Rag & Bone opens first London store
                                                                                                                                                              • Republic
                                                                                                                                                                • …attracts premium menswear brands in upmarket repositioning move
                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches three new womenswear brands amid major growth strategy
                                                                                                                                                                    • Stella McCartney to launch new childrenswear range
                                                                                                                                                                      • SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports falling underlying profits
                                                                                                                                                                          • …to expand categories
                                                                                                                                                                            • Tom Ford to open first UK standalone store
                                                                                                                                                                              • Urban Outfitters to open in Trinity Leeds
                                                                                                                                                                                • Victoria's Secret delays UK launch
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Vivienne Westwood
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to open store in Wales
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mixed Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • 99p Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports profit surge, but slowing growth
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to extend food offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Wilkinson reveals new store format
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Poundland appoints Tesco director as chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Original Factory Shop reports rising EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Wellchester to close down
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-Sector Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Argos launches Habitat range
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …announces new Per Una head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …confirms Bostock's departure and reports sales down in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …first bank to offer fee-only service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …introduces contactless payment in London stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …shares rise amid speculation of a takeover bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous Specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …chief executive resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to offer practical driving tests in Government tie up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hobbycraft looks to improve multichannel offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mothercare UK like-for-like sales fall 6.7% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Allders purchase considered by former owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Debenhams expands footwear range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Harrods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …opens revamped toy department
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports profits up 15%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …director departs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches its biggest own brand yet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to open first ever pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports strong first half revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kingfisher reports flat like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Robert Dyas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …back to growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sold to Paphitis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Travis Perkins’ retail division reports 8.8% fall in like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carphone Warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …may takeover European venture after Best Buy bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports 2% decline in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Comet on track to return to black with new owners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dixons increases Pixmania stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Maplin managing director exits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and Video Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Games Workshop reports rise in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …boss Simon Fox departs and Jessops' boss takes over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …Hammersmith Apollo deal complete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports full-year loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sales rise on back of Olympic ceremony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Musicroom reports 2.3% growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpet and Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • BrightHouse looks to boost online offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpetright receives boost from wet weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dreams' owner plans restructuring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Achica to launch own brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …retains top market share spot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to open new digital media development centre in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …denies director to exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales up 31% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Brand Alley reports sales up 20% in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • eBay partners with the British Fashion Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Farepak customers to receive half their money back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Findel reports 8% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ocado launches pop-up virtual wall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shop Direct reports 36% boost in EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Hut considers Sir Terry Leahy as new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health & Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Chanel to open pop-up fragrance and beauty store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lloydspharmacy set to make redundancies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Perfume Shop to launch private-label collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • American Greetings' Clinton Cards acquisition to be investigated by OFT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Clintons unveils its rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …appoints La Senza director as new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …chief executive to step down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …investors consider turnaround strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …looks for further funding after sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …acquires stake in Flannels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports rising profits in "record" year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Boodles reports profit boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pandora profits fall due to stock swap plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Signet Jewellers to cut 99 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bluewater to become UK's largest shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …July retail sales up 0.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …June retail sales boosted by Jubilee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports 0.5% fall in number of retail outlets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Capital Shopping Centres shows resilience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Consumer confidence still low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Food inflation for July reaches two-year low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Food is fastest growing sector for mobile searches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Kantar: Discount grocers report strong growth in market share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • London sees increase in footfall despite concerns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • London Waterloo station opens new balcony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • ONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Inflation falls to 2.4% in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …Retail sales volumes and values up in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Portas pilots round two revealed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sales soar at convenience stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Scottish retail sales poor in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop vacancy levels rise to record
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • West End suffers during Olympics, but etail grows

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