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UK Retail Briefing - August 2016

Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month, we look at Electricals retailing.

This review looks at:

  • Trends in spending on electrical goods
  • Relative performance of spending on different electricals categories
  • Electreicals specialists' sales performance
  • Inflation in the category
  • The impact of Black Friday, including consumer research looking at the main reasons why consumers choose to purchase during this period.

We also include an Analyst Comment on the future of the high street.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • The future of the high street
      • A little perspective
        • Short term – a poor year
          • Online
            • Structural changes
              • Discounters
                • Not all good news
                  • Free market economics in action
                    • Where next for high streets?
                    • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                      • Key points
                        • Retail sales
                            • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2015/16
                            • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, July 2014- July 2016
                          • John Lewis
                            • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-Year Growth, 2015-16
                          • Inflation and wages
                            • Figure 4: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, 2010-2016
                          • Inflation
                            • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2015-16
                          • Looking forward
                          • Sector Focus – Electricals Retailing

                              • Consumer spending on electrical goods
                                • Figure 6: Annual % change in consumer spending on all electrical products (inc. VAT), Q1 2014 – Q1 2016
                                • Figure 7: Annual % change in consumer spending on core electrical goods categories (Incl. VAT), Q1 2014 – Q1 2016.
                              • Specialist sector sales
                                • Figure 8: Annual % change in the value of retail sales in core electricals categories, non-seasonally adjusted, Jan 2014-Jan 2016
                              • Consumer price inflation
                                • Figure 9: Annual % change in the price of electrical goods categories, July 2015- July 2016
                              • Black Friday: Why Buy?
                                • Figure 10: Reasons for buying electrical items during Black Friday 2015, December 2015
                            • Headlines for the Month

                              • Grocers
                                • Other food and drink specialists
                                  • Clothing retailers
                                    • Department stores
                                      • Multi-sector retailers
                                        • Home shopping
                                          • DIY retailing
                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                              • Shopping Locations
                                                • Economy
                                                • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                  • Convenience Stores
                                                    • UK: McColl's
                                                      • …like-for-like sales fall 2.2%
                                                        • …to purchase 298 stores from The Co-op
                                                          • UK: Spar takes on a handful of My Local stores
                                                            • UK: The Co-op faces investigation by CMA over My Local deal
                                                              • Grocers
                                                                • UK: Grocery sales remain stable following Brexit vote
                                                                  • UK: Lidl to trial baby range
                                                                    • UK: Morrisons
                                                                      • …agrees new terms in Ocado warehouse deal
                                                                        • …beats rivals with 200-day school uniform guarantee
                                                                          • …launches new round of price cuts
                                                                            • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                              • …ends multi-buy promotions ahead of schedule
                                                                                • ..expands athleisure range
                                                                                  • …expands offering on Tmall
                                                                                    • …and Home Retail merger gains CMA approval
                                                                                      • …extends same day delivery following trial
                                                                                        • …thought to be planning new food-to-go range
                                                                                          • …trials new taste-test technology
                                                                                            • UK: Sicilian supermarket opens first shop in London
                                                                                              • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                • …launches free fruit initiative for kids
                                                                                                  • …opens first Holland & Barrett shop-in-shop
                                                                                                    • …to roll out 900 in-store food demonstration areas
                                                                                                      • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                                        • UK: Conviviality Retail reports strong sales and profits
                                                                                                          • UK: Greggs sales rise 6.0%
                                                                                                            • UK: Holland & Barrett extends click-and-collect nationwide
                                                                                                              • UK: Hotel Chocolat
                                                                                                                • …reports 12% growth
                                                                                                                  • …to open cafe retail concept in Worcester
                                                                                                                    • UK: Majestic Wine
                                                                                                                      • …boss offers up bonus to staff
                                                                                                                        • …teams up with Deliveroo for on-demand wine service
                                                                                                                        • News Analysis - Non-food

                                                                                                                          • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                            • UK: Arcadia may object to second Bhs administrator
                                                                                                                              • UK: Bhs store estate to close down next month
                                                                                                                                • UK: Bonmarché suffers 3.6% fall in sales
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                                    • …announces new leadership roles
                                                                                                                                      • …like-for-like sales decline 3%
                                                                                                                                        • UK: H&M to anchor new shopping centre in Barnet
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hobbs returns to a full year profit
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Lipsy sees sales and profits slide
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Lululemon
                                                                                                                                                • …to open Regent Street flagship
                                                                                                                                                  • …to open shop in Harrods
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: New Look sales fall 4.2% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next full price sales return to growth in Q2
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mothercare UK like-for-likes up by 1.2%
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: River Island appoints new head of buying
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Seasalt campaign celebrates similarities with Brittany
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Store Twenty One announces store closures as CVA gains approval
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Supergroup ends full year with revenues up 21.3%
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Idle Man secures £1.4m investment
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Victoria Gate shopping centre confirms opening date
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: White Stuff delivers strong international growth
                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-Sector Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: B&M delivers continued strong growth
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: M&S boss warns of potential pay cuts
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sainsbury’s and Home Retail merger gains CMA approval
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundland board recommends Steinhoff takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Steinhoff could face pressure to up Poundland offer
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams Ireland to come out of Examinership
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Harrods' boss Michael Ward to remain in his role
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: House of Fraser launches its own premium label
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …expands into Australia through Myers deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …extends third-party click-and-collect network
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …targets £1bn Home own brand revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Lululemon to open shop in Harrods
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Selfridges
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …completes third floor overhaul with new Designer Studio
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …launches social media friendly shopping app
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Travis Perkins revenues grow despite Brexit “uncertainty”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Currys PC World launches campaign to improve customer experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dixons Carphone launches super sale to compete with Prime Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: ScS like-for-like sales rise 14.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Cath Kidston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …partners with Box Technologies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …prepares for launch into India
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …expands Dash ordering across London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …pushes ahead with UK drone testing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …trials FLEX delivery scheme in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: AO World growth driven by improved brand recognition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Asos retail sales soar 30%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Boohoo increases sales guidance as momentum continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: eBay targets home buyers with Advance Targeting advertising technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Figleaves upgrades website to meet mobile demand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Gear4Music sales climb 66%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado and Marie Claire open physical store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Online searches for British brands remain strong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health & Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: LloydsPharmacy gains approval for Sainsbury's pharmacy takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Superdrug's budget skincare lines drive sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book, stationery and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Game GTV falls 5.0%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Paperchase to launch concessions in Next shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …debuts in Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …promises to pass on airport VAT savings to travellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Decathlon extends click & collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Evans Cycles profits slump 69.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JD Sports continues strong performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Halfords group revenues rise 2.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Denmark: Pandora revenues grow 20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pet goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Pets at Home first quarter revenue up 8.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Shopping Locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boxpark to launch click & collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Oxford Street to be pedestrianised by 2020
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: SaveTheHighStreet.org launches to 'revive' the high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Victoria Gate shopping centre confirms opening date
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Retail jobs fall as industry undergoes structural change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Retail sales fall 0.5% in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Retail sales rise 1.1% in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Retail sales rise 1.8% in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail store planning applications slip 9%

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • AO World Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • B&M Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bargain Booze Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bibendum Wine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Blakemore Retail Ltd (Spar)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BrewDog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Calvin Klein, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cath Kidston Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Civil Aviation Authority
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • de Bijenkorf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • eBay Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Evans Cycles UK Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figleaves Global Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Gear4Music
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hackett Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hammerson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hobbs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Holland & Barrett Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hotel Chocolat Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jawoll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lipsy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lululemon Athletica Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Matthew Clark plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • McColl's (convenience stores)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Myer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • New Look (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Next Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ocado Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pandora (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pandora Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Paperchase Products Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pets at Home Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • River Island Clothing Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Russell & Bromley Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sainsbury's Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ScS Upholstery Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Seasalt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Selfridges Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spar Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spar UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Steinhoff (Africa)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Steinhoff Continental Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Steinhoff UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Co-operative Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Thomas Pink
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tommy Hilfiger Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • White Stuff Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wickes Building Supplies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Zalando

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    UK Retail Briefing - August 2016

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