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UK Retail Briefing - December 2016

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

This review looks at:

  • % change in the value of Online retail sales, 2015-16
  • Impact of Black Friday on Online retail sales
  • Average online weekly sales, 2014-16
  • Online retail sales as a share of all retail sales
  • Christmas 2016 and online retailing

We also include an Analyst Comment on the expansion of Non-food discounters in the UK.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • The problems of maturity for non-food discounters?
      • Still scope for new stores?
        • Target markets
          • Out-of-town
            • High streets the natural place for a discounter?
              • Discounter development
                • Where next?
                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

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

                        • Black Friday boost
                          • Figure 6: Annual % change in the value of online sales, non-seasonally adjusted, Jan 2015 – Nov 2016
                        • Biggest Black Friday yet?
                          • Figure 7: Average online weekly sales, non-seasonally adjusted, Sep 2014 – Nov 2016
                        • Online takes a record share in November
                          • Figure 8: Total online sales as a proportion of all retailing, Jan 2015 – Nov 2016
                        • Christmas 2016 and online
                          • Figure 9: Shopping intentions for Christmas 2016, January 2016
                          • Figure 10: Why Christmas gift buyers shopped online, January 2016
                      • Headlines for the Month

                        • Grocers
                          • Clothing retailers
                            • Multi-sector retailing
                              • Electrical retailing
                                • Home shopping
                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                    • Jewellers
                                      • Economy
                                      • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                        • Convenience stores
                                          • UK: Budgens tests scan-and-shop mobile app
                                            • UK: McColl’s
                                              • …rolls out contactless payment
                                                • …sales grow on the back of store expansion
                                                  • Grocers
                                                    • UK: Aldi takes on the premium retailers with luxury hamper range
                                                      • UK: Asda sales decline 5.8%
                                                        • UK: Iceland faces legal action from Icelandic government
                                                          • UK: Lidl to launch premium lingerie range
                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                              • …eyes re-entry into the convenience market
                                                                • …offers new service through Amazon Prime Now
                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                    • …menswear sales boosted by Harris Tweed
                                                                      • …unveils latest plans to reduce food waste
                                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                                          • …implements own-brand price pledge
                                                                            • …partners with British Forces Post Office
                                                                              • …plans to expand Arcadia concessions
                                                                                • UK: The Co-operative to double local supplier base
                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                    • UK: Majestic Wine benefits from investments in customer retention
                                                                                    • News Analysis – Non-Food

                                                                                      • Clothing retailing
                                                                                        • UK: Austin Reed to return to the high streets
                                                                                          • UK: Bhs placed into liquidation
                                                                                            • UK: Bonmarché like-for-like sales slip 8.6%
                                                                                              • UK: Browns rebrands stores and website
                                                                                                • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill retains profits
                                                                                                  • UK: H&M to relocate in Covent Garden
                                                                                                    • UK: Joules sales rise 16.2%
                                                                                                      • UK: Karen Millen losses widen as profits fall
                                                                                                        • UK: Mamas & Papas continues to deliver profitable growth
                                                                                                          • UK: Matalan turns its store estate into DPD pick-up points
                                                                                                            • UK: Moss Bros rebrands hire business to tap into rental demand
                                                                                                              • UK: Mulberry sales up 10% boosted by tourist spending
                                                                                                                • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                  • …launches augmented-reality photo booths in store
                                                                                                                    • …launches unlimited delivery pass
                                                                                                                      • UK: Oasis and Warehouse owners considering sale
                                                                                                                        • UK: Quiz ramps up UK expansion
                                                                                                                          • UK: Seasalt introduces plus-size collection online
                                                                                                                            • UK: SuperGroup reports strong first half
                                                                                                                              • UK: Ted Baker group revenues rise 14.8%
                                                                                                                                • Footwear and accessories retailing
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dune turnover lifts 3.1% following online expansion
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jimmy Choo benefits from weaker pound
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Schuh opens children's footwear store
                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                          • UK: B&M sales surge as it reaches 500 stores
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Hema to absorb any costs over raising prices
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mothercare UK sales fall 2.3%
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundland reported to be closing 80 stores
                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Fortnum and Mason profits surge 27%
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Harrods opens completed Grand Entrance Hall
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: House of Fraser develops five year strategy
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis unveils Christmas advert
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Selfridges to undertake £300m revamp of handbag department
                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Kingfisher’s rising UK sales offset declines in France
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topps Tiles grows margin as sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Currys PC World launches gifting help campaign
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Electrical retailers plan price rises in the New Year
                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: VictoriaPlum wins trademark infringement case
                                                                                                                                                                              • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dunelm acquires Worldstores, Kiddicare and Achica
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …and Morrisons offer new service through Prime Now
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …announces twelve-day Black Friday Sale
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …extends Prime to include local stores
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: AO World revenues rise 22.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Doddle trials Cancer Research charity shop collection points
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Findel like-for-like revenues rise 6.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Joe Browns sales rise 10% to £110m
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Majestic Wine benefits from investments in customer retention
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: MatchesFashion turnover increases 27.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: New Look launches unlimited delivery pass
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …develops 4G robot communication for warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …delivers growth in sales and orders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop Direct launches Whatsapp-style customer service platform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book, greetings card and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Card Factory sales grow 4.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Smiggle confident in UK store rollout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Staples set for closure in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: JD Sports acquires Go Outdoors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sports Direct profits plunge by a third
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Prestige jewellery and watch sales fuel Signet Jewellers' UK same store sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Automotive retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Halfords revenues rise but profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pets retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Pets at Home revenues lift 9.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Google launches footfall tracker for Black Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Intu installs virtual reality winter wonderland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: McArthurGlen delivers 13% sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Network Rail retail sales grow 3.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Retail footfall declines 0.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail sales rise 0.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Retail sales surge 6.1% in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shop prices continue to fall in Christmas build-up

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