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UK Retail Briefing - December 2012

UK Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis that includes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & A activities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally each month, UK Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific UK retail sector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, making this an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the UK retail industry.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comments

    • It’s an ill wind
      • Leaner and fitter
        • Failures
          • Successes
            • Lessons for the next decade
              • Arcadia
                • Arcadia group
                  • Topshop/Topman
                    • So what about the rest?
                    • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

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

                            • Mintel’s Consumer Tracker
                              • Figure 6: Mintel’s Consumer Tracker: Trends in what extra money is spent on, Nov 2009 -Nov 2012
                              • Figure 7: Mintel’s Consumer Tracker: Consumers’ spending on fragrances/toiletries/make up as % of consumers’ spending on beauty treatment/haircut, Nov 2009-Nov 2012
                            • Retail sales and consumer spending
                              • Figure 8: Retail sales (incl vat), 2009-12
                              • Figure 9: Consumer spending (incl vat), 2009-12
                              • Figure 10: Health and beauty specialists’ retail sales as % of consumer spending on personal care products, 2009-12
                            • Leading retailers
                              • Figure 11: Boots’s share of health and beauty sector sales, 2009-12
                              • Figure 12: Leading health and beauty specialists, 2010-11
                          • News Headlines

                            • Grocers
                              • Off-licences
                                • Clothing retailing
                                  • Footwear retailing
                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                      • Department stores
                                        • DIY retailing
                                          • Electrical retailing
                                            • Health and beauty retailing
                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                • Toys and games retailing
                                                  • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                    • Economy
                                                    • News Analysis

                                                      • Convenience stores
                                                        • UK: Asda to enter convenience market with forecourt stores
                                                          • UK: Waitrose under pressure over Shell deal
                                                            • Co-ops (retail)
                                                              • UK: Co-op
                                                                • …sparks concern
                                                                  • …to acquire 10 Costcutter stores
                                                                    • … opens new distribution centre
                                                                      • Grocers
                                                                        • UK: Aldi
                                                                          • …records 27.3% sales growth, as Morrisons continues to struggle
                                                                            • … to open new format stores in London
                                                                              • UK: Asda
                                                                                • …mulls launch of digital entertainment service
                                                                                  • … posts financial results
                                                                                    • UK: Lidl doubles size of premium range
                                                                                      • UK: Morrisons and Asda call for extended Christmas opening hours
                                                                                        • UK: Morrisons introduces new discount card
                                                                                          • UK: OFT: Supermarket loyalty cards under scrutiny
                                                                                            • UK: Sainsbury’s and Asda expected to report sales growth
                                                                                              • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                • …appoints new group HR director
                                                                                                  • … opens energy efficient store
                                                                                                    • … to create 10,000 new local jobs
                                                                                                      • …posts profit rise
                                                                                                        • UK: Supermarkets sign up to offer and price promotion code
                                                                                                          • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                            • …launches online party food service
                                                                                                              • … launches online veg box offer
                                                                                                                • … Tesco Phone Shop launch pilot scheme to assist over-50 shoppers
                                                                                                                  • … trials interactive touchscreens
                                                                                                                    • … Tesco’s group strategy director departs
                                                                                                                      • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                        • …extends store opening hours for Christmas
                                                                                                                          • … launches iPad version of weekly newspaper
                                                                                                                            • … continues expansion programme
                                                                                                                              • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                • UK: Bargain Booze appoints new CEO
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Majestic Wine reports 3.9% rise in pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Holland & Barrett trials fitness drills
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Thorntons plans multichannel investment
                                                                                                                                          • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Arcadia
                                                                                                                                              • …confirms sales of 25% stake in Topshop and Topman
                                                                                                                                                • … posts financial results
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Asos invests in second hand designer clothing website
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Aurora reports 15.3% drop in EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill reports record profits
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Fast Retailing to purchase majority stake in J brand
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: French Connection reports flat like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Gant appoints head of UK and Ireland brand operations
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: H&M
                                                                                                                                                                • …reports like-for-like sales decline
                                                                                                                                                                  • … to launch green initiative
                                                                                                                                                                    • … to open new store in Hammersmith
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hobbs
                                                                                                                                                                        • …poaches buying and merchandising director
                                                                                                                                                                          • … posts rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: J Crew to open London Store
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Jacques Vert appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Jaeger reveals underlying loss of £8m
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …considers selling stake
                                                                                                                                                                                      • … to sell Rampant Sporting
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: M&Co returns to profitability
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Montique secures 63 doors as it prepares for UK debut
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mulberry posts like-for-likes up 11%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …appoints new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … posts first half results
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Phase Eight to open first West End store
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Primark to open Warrington flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …appoints new non-exec directors
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … to expand Superdry brand with wholesale accessories
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ted Baker retail sales soar 24.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: TK Maxx potential buyer for Comet stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …in talks to sell 25% stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … to open Marble Arch store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Zara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …opens new flagship store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … bans hazardous chemicals in supply chain and products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Aldo to double number of Call It Spring concessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Clarks launches Click and Collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dr Martens opens two new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dune looks to expand overseas wholesale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jones Bootmaker collaborates with House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kurt Geiger focuses on international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Schuh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports 12% rise in like-for-likes in first three quarters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … reports pre-tax loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Stead & Simpson to close 90 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: B&M Bargains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …moves to second round of bidding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … sold to US private equity firm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … brings American interest to UK value sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …expands food offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … partners with Mecca Bingo for promotional activity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundworld reports profit fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Home Retail Group appoints new board member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …appoints supply chain director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … to open at midnight on Christmas Eve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bulgaria: Debenhams opens first store in Bulgaria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ireland: Dunnes Stores Faces Winding Up Petition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams boss to receive extra £300,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Harrods appoints Sarah Brown as non-executive director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: House of Fraser reports rise in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jacques Vert appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …cold weather prompts clothing and present sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … appoints customer insight director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … aims to open 60 stores by 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …partners with Red Letter Days
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … reports 11.4% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … reports record November sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Homebase to launch store refit programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Kingfisher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …B&Q trials banking scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … reports decline in Q3 profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … to ramp up eco agenda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Robert Dyas' chief executive steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Topps Tiles posts profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Carphone Warehouse reports 5% rise in UK like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …axes home delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … makes 330 staff redundant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … staff to lose jobs before Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … stores potentially saved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … to close 41 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … website potentially saved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … future hangs in the balance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …rolls out Google Zones across Currys and PC World stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … UK returns to black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Game’s chief executive defends owner, OpCapita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Maplin to open travel stores in 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bathstore hires non-executive chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BrightHouse reports strong growth in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dwell managing director steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Cath Kidston reports profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …looks to steal high street sales with grocery offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … reveals UK sales and profit figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …invests in second hand designer clothing website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … head of buying departs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: EBay to open social media pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Findel reports rise in H1 profits and sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Moonpig forces owner into the red
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: My-Wardrobe appoints fashion director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Net-A-Porter announces new print magazine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sees shares soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … introduces new service using Facebook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to extend maturity dates on loan facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … reveals plans for Nottingham site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Feelunique.com acquired in £26 million private equity deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: HMV sells Mama Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Clintons opens first distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Waterstones seeks overseas expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: WH Smith posts interim results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Europe: Le Coq Sportif to open European flagship in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Switzerland: INTERSPORT continues expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches JD Pro sports fascia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … reports like-for-likes rise 1.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Rampant Sporting bought by Indian investor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Reebok to open standalone stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct owner eyes stake in House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Claire's Accessories to debut ecommerce site in 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Newsagents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Martin McColl to expand convenience store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hamleys sees pre-tax profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Countrywide secures extra funds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports 23.4% drop in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … to expand accessories range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hobbycraft appoints customer development director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mothercare cuts losses and improves sales trend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Pets at Home to launch loyalty card
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Lend Lease submits application for Bluewater expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC: Food price inflation reaches nine month high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BRC: like-for-likes edge up just 0.4% in November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: BRC: Town centre vacancy rate reaches 11.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ONS: UK retail sales fell 0.8% in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Visa predicts busiest shopping day of the year

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