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UK Retail Briefing - August 2015

Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month, however, we break from the norm and review retail sales by UK region.
This review looks at:

  • Retail sales by region and per capita retail sales by region
  • Retail sales growth rates by region
  • People's feelings about their financial stability by region.

We also include Analyst's Comments on Asda's recent financial statement and Amazon Fresh, which is regularly rumoured to be preparing for a UK launch.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst comment

    • Time for a more sophisticated attitude to pricing
      • Moving on from the BOGOF
        • Not alone
          • iBeacon
            • Where next?
            • European Retail Sales

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                  • Figure 1: Major European economies – Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2014-15
                  • Figure 2: Major European economies – Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2014-15
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 3: Major European economies – All items CPI, 2014-15
                  • Figure 4: Major European economies – Food price inflation, 2014-15
              • Headlines for the Month

                • Grocers
                  • Clothing retailing
                    • Multi-sector retailing
                      • Department stores
                        • Electrical retailing
                          • Home shopping
                          • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                            • Convenience Stores
                              • UK: Graze to launch food-to-go range
                                • UK: McColl's revenues rise 3.4%
                                  • UK: Musgrave GB appoints new managing director
                                    • UK: Spar kicks off summer campaign
                                      • Grocers
                                        • Belgium: Carrefour introduces pharmacy concessions
                                          • Belgium: Delhaize revenues grow 18.1%
                                            • France: Auchan’s A2PAS chain expands with store acquisitions
                                              • France: Carrefour
                                                • …sales accelerate in Spain
                                                  • …growth decelerates
                                                    • France: Casino
                                                      • …price cuts impact profits
                                                        • …performance in France improves
                                                          • France: Système U plans to double convenience estate
                                                            • Germany: Edeka’s acquisition of Kaiser’s Tengelmann blocked
                                                              • Germany: Metro Group returns to profit
                                                                • Germany: Migros considers bid for Kaiser’s Tengelmann
                                                                  • Germany: Tengelmann sales grow 5.8%
                                                                    • Netherlands: Albert Heijn to open first organic store
                                                                      • Netherlands: Jumbo launches BBQ help via WhatsApp
                                                                        • Netherlands: Plus and Spar reduce emissions through logistics partnership
                                                                          • Spain: DIA sales grow 15.3%
                                                                            • Spain: Eroski expands through franchising
                                                                              • UK: Aldi plots 130 new UK stores
                                                                                • UK: Asda poised to win back customers at Christmas
                                                                                  • UK: Booths ‘Fair Milk’ sales outperform the market
                                                                                    • UK: CMA finds supermarkets’ misleading prices are not widespread
                                                                                      • UK: Farming unions to meet following growing protests
                                                                                        • UK: Increasing number of food suppliers struggling financially
                                                                                          • UK: Lidl’s sales reach record high
                                                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                              • …announces an end to ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’
                                                                                                • …facing probe by supermarket watchdog
                                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                    • …introduces ready-meals for children
                                                                                                      • …Entertainment on Demand launches digital magazines
                                                                                                        • …forms pharmacy partnership
                                                                                                          • …plans to reinvent its supermarkets
                                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                              • …announces a friendlier self-service machine
                                                                                                                • …abandoning more developments than any other
                                                                                                                  • …increases minimum online spend
                                                                                                                    • UK: The Co-operative…
                                                                                                                      • …boasts of ‘attracting the best talent in Britain’
                                                                                                                        • …grows ahead of grocery market
                                                                                                                          • UK: Waitrose signs for South Bank store
                                                                                                                            • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                                                              • UK: Conviviality Retail
                                                                                                                                • …in talks to buy drinks supplier
                                                                                                                                  • …revenues rise following acquisitions
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Greggs like-for-like sales increase 5.9%
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Majestic Wine
                                                                                                                                        • …to offer free click-and-collect to Naked Wines' customers
                                                                                                                                          • …names new CFO
                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis - Non-food

                                                                                                                                            • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                              • Ireland: Best Menswear Group enters examinership
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ben Sherman sold to Marquee Brands
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bonmarché suffers like-for-like decline
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Burberry posts 8% sales growth
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Crew Clothing makes a full year loss
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: H&M launches National Fashion Recycling Week
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hobbs sales stall as losses widen
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare suffers slowdown in sales
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Reiss founder explores minority stake sale
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: River Island
                                                                                                                                                                  • …looks to grow menswear share with updated range
                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches Swedish website
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Supertrash fashion brand to open second UK store
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: White Stuff growth driven by online
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Wolf & Badger acquires online marketplace Boticca
                                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Monoprix to continue French expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Hema opens third discount format
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …backs Governmental plans to reinvigorate the high street
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches electrical trade-in service
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …mobile sales hit £1bn mark
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: B&M reports slowing like-for-like growth
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Findel sales grow 1.9% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Matalan
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …enters the bathroom market
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …hires second Tesco director
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …scraps Sporting Pro fascia
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: M&S director of general merchandise exits
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Next raises profit guidance after stronger first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundworld eyes expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Spain: El Corte Inglés sells stake to Qatari investor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Brown Thomas flagship undergoes €1.5m revamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Harrods hosts A Pea in the Pod concession
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …announces in-store spa concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches FOUND womenswear concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …Liverpool store to receive updated fashion and beauty offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …overhauls homeware division
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Selfridges first to launch 2015 Christmas shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Fnac’s sales fall in promotionally-driven market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Media-Saturn opens 1,000th European store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Portugal: Dixons Carphone sell The Phone House Portugal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carphone Warehouse suffers a cyber-attack
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons Carphone hails 'excellent' year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: HMV eyes Middle Eastern expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture and DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bensons for Beds rolls out mattress-testing technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carpetright begins new concept roll-out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: DFS in a strong position to deliver growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dreams ramps up the marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ikea becomes first retailer to pay the living wage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kingfisher performs well against soft comparatives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Primrose launches social network for gardeners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Travis Perkins sales grow 7.8% in first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Victoria Plumb rebrands ready for bedroom launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Zalando triples revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: HelloFresh prepares for IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: AmazonFresh rumoured for September launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Amazon Prime Now arrives in Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: AO World’s sales growth is dented in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Asos unveils weekly podcast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Boohoo extends its plus-size range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Doddle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …‘runners’ will help with customer returns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …halves the number of planned new outlets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Net-a-Porter and Yoox merger to be investigated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Royal Mail invests in tinder-style shopping app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Secretsales.com sales jump 37%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Very launches entirely shoppable new advert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: LloydsPharmacy owner drives 25% increase in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Well appoints new commercial director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kikki.K gears up for UK launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Paperchase not for sale after turning down offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …opens online marketplace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …premium bikes sales drive up revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JD Sports raises profit guidance following sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct revenues rise 4.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Pets at Home revenues rise 6.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Italy: Pop-up initiative for Etsy sellers launches in Italy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: App connects retailers in London’s West End
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Government launches consultation on Sunday trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Intu rental income rises 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Leeds shopping centre's innovative customer loyalty programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Regent Street hosts new drop-off shopping bag service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Retail sales grow 2.9% in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Retail sales rise 1.9% in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop prices fall 1.4% in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Luxury Goods Retailing – International – Tiffany

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • New couture jewellery collection aimed at the ultra-wealthy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Re-establishing itself in the luxury watch market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Targeting the self-gifting financially independent female consumer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Same-sex campaign broadens appeal of its engagement rings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • European store expansion on back of sales growth in the region
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Authentic shopping experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 5: Tiffany & Co. – Group financial performance, 2010/11-2014/15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 6: Tiffany & Co: Sales growth, by region, 2014/15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 7: Tiffany & Co.: Outlet data, 2010/11-2014/15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • E-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Système U (U express)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alliance Boots UK Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Argosy Gaming Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ben Sherman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bensons Bed Centres Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Booker Cash & Carry Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Budgens Stores Ltd - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carrefour Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Celesio Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Costa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • EH Booth & Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Etsy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Franprix/Leader Price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Géant Hypermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Graze - Nature Delivered Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kitbag
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Little Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lloyds Pharmacy (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Londis (Holdings) Ltd - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Longchamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Migros (Switzerland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Musgrave UK - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Naked Wines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nectar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Oxford Industries, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Paperchase Products Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • River Island Clothing Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sainsbury's Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sainsbury's Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Saturn Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spar (Netherlands)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spar UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tegut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toolstation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Victoria Plumb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • White Stuff Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wickes Building Supplies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wm Morrison Supermarkets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UK Retail Briefing - August 2015

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