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UK Retail Briefing - December 2009

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • The man at the top
      • Looking for a successor
        • The man or the background
          • One company’s gain is another’s loss
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Food retailers
              • Clothing
                • Multi-sector
                  • Department stores
                    • DIY
                      • Electricals
                        • Furniture retailing
                          • Home shopping
                            • Miscellaneous
                            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                              • Key points
                                • Retail sales trends
                                  • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • BRC data
                                  • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2007/09
                                • John Lewis
                                  • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2008-09
                                • Inflation and wages
                                  • Figure 4: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2007-09
                                • The RPI up again
                                  • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
                                • Looking forward
                                • Sector Analysis – Electricals

                                    • Sales trends
                                      • Figure 6: Electrical specialist retailers, sales trends, 1999-2009
                                      • Figure 7: Electrical retailers as percentage of all retail sales, 1999-2009
                                    • Consumer expenditure
                                      • Figure 8: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories (£m), 1998-2009 H1
                                    • Retailer performance
                                      • Figure 9: Electricals specialists’ sales relative to spending on electricals goods, 1998-2008
                                    • Increased competition
                                      • Prospects
                                        • Retail price inflation
                                          • Figure 10: Indices of retail prices for product categories, 2000-09
                                        • Electrical retailers: Latest trends
                                          • Figure 11: UK: Leading electical retailers, 2008/09
                                      • News Analysis

                                        • Bakers (retail)
                                          • Greggs eyes Threshers stores for expansion
                                            • Co-ops (retail)
                                              • Co-operative wades into Christmas price war
                                                • Waitrose wades into Champagne price war
                                                  • Convenience stores
                                                    • Costcutter pulls out of bid for First Quench stores
                                                      • Grocers
                                                        • Asda moves first in Christmas price war, records sales increase
                                                          • Hagar chief asks Walker for cash
                                                            • Haldanes
                                                              • …opens new store and Scottish HQ
                                                                • …unveils expansion plans
                                                                  • Morrisons LFLs up 4.3%
                                                                    • Ocado ponders Carrefour link up
                                                                      • Sainsbury's
                                                                        • …boasts 'strong sales'
                                                                          • …plans Northern Irish expansion
                                                                            • Tesco
                                                                              • …announces £100 million Chinese expansion
                                                                                • …launches early Clubcard offer to woo Christmas shoppers
                                                                                  • …plans superstore splurge
                                                                                    • …posts "solid" sales growth
                                                                                      • …signs deal with C&W for broadband
                                                                                        • …to open network of 'dark stores'
                                                                                          • …Irish store plan refused
                                                                                            • Waitrose
                                                                                              • …MD tipped as next Morrisons chief
                                                                                                • …to sell goods in Shell petrol stations
                                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                                    • First Quench announces more job cuts
                                                                                                      • Majestic Wine profit up 9%
                                                                                                        • Threshers franchisees form action group
                                                                                                          • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                            • Europe: TJX Europe Q3 LFLs up 1%
                                                                                                              • Alexon LFLs down 14%
                                                                                                                • French Connection posts sales increase
                                                                                                                  • Jaeger FY profits halve
                                                                                                                    • Matalan
                                                                                                                      • …attracts suitors
                                                                                                                        • …receives five first-round bids
                                                                                                                          • Moss Bros enjoys sales rise
                                                                                                                            • New Look appoints advisers for IPO
                                                                                                                              • Peacocks to start selling music
                                                                                                                                • Primark has "best ever" trading day in London
                                                                                                                                  • Ted Baker sales up 19.8%
                                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                      • Mothercare posts £7.1 million loss
                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                          • M&S
                                                                                                                                            • …appoints Bolland as new chief
                                                                                                                                              • …offers 1p delivery for online shoppers
                                                                                                                                                • …ponders European return
                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                    • Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                      • …acquires Magasin for £12.3 million
                                                                                                                                                        • …to open in Vietnam
                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis reports record week
                                                                                                                                                            • DIY Retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • Kingfisher profits up 28%
                                                                                                                                                                • Topps Tiles FY profit down
                                                                                                                                                                  • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                    • Carphone Warehouse posts 88% profit boost
                                                                                                                                                                      • DSGi
                                                                                                                                                                        • …to sue legal advisers over French withdrawal
                                                                                                                                                                          • …posts £17.6 million loss
                                                                                                                                                                            • Phones 4U launches free wi-fi in-store
                                                                                                                                                                              • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • HMV losses narrow
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …bought by Hilco
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Asos enjoys sales and profits boost
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Findel
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …appoints new chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                • ...posts H1 loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Net-a-porter H1 profits surge 56%
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shop Direct looking to relaunch Woolworths on the high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Alliance Boots plans overseas expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Borders
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …head office staff made redundant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …on the brink of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Clinton Cards LFLs rise 3.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …suffers sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …withdraws Borders bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Blacks Leisure CVA nears completion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Sports Fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts solid results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …offloads JJB stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • JJB appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct pre-tax profit down 40.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Signet records $10.5 million loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Game Group suffers large sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Halfords profit up 24%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Hobbycraft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sales boosted by revival of traditional hobbies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to be put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Burberry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …plans Indian venture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …profits down 19.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mulberry posts strong results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BRC: November retail sales "disappointing"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • London LFLs up 4.2% in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • London retail sales up 13.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ONS: Retail sales up in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Retail sales volumes up, says CBI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Scottish retail sales fall behind rest of UK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aquascutum Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Baugur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • BC Partners Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • BDO Stoy Hayward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Birthdays Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Blackstone Group (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Borders (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cable and Wireless plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Chausport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Clinton Cards Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Confederation of British Industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Costcutter Supermarkets Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Credit Suisse Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • CVC Capital Partners Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Deutsche Bank AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • First Quench Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fresh & Easy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Grant Thornton [UK]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • H Samuel Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hagar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • HobbyCraft Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JP Morgan Fleming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Magasin du Nord
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mulberry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Newcastle United PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Phones 4U Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Royal Dutch/Shell Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Stella McCartney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Takko
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tesco Personal Finance Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The TJX Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Topps Tiles (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Welcome Break Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Woolworths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Zavvi

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