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UK Retail Briefing - February 2011

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 Comment

    • The Internet and the High street
      • Problems at HMV
        • Credit insurance
          • Poor trading
            • The internet has all the advantages
              • Lessons for other sectors
                • Where next
                  • So why all the interest in buying the HMV business?
                    • Retailing is a constantly changing business
                    • Headlines for the Month

                      • Grocers
                        • Food specialists
                          • Clothing retailers
                            • Footwear
                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                • Miscellaneous specialists
                                  • Department stores
                                    • Mixed goods retailers
                                      • DIY
                                        • Electricals
                                          • Music and video
                                            • Home shopping
                                              • Health and beauty
                                                • Books and stationery
                                                  • Sports and leisure goods
                                                    • Jewellers
                                                      • Toys and games
                                                        • Economy
                                                        • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                                            • Retail sales trends
                                                              • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2010
                                                            • BRC and Christmas trade
                                                                • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2009-2011
                                                              • John Lewis
                                                                • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2009-11
                                                              • Inflation and wages
                                                                • Figure 4: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2008-11
                                                              • Inflation remains uncomfortably high
                                                                • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2010-11
                                                              • The pattern of retail sales growth in early 2011
                                                                • Looking forward
                                                                • Sector Focus – Food Retailers

                                                                    • Retail sales trends
                                                                      • Figure 6: Food retailers, sales trends, 2006-10
                                                                      • Figure 7: Food retailers’ sales as % of all retail sales, 2005-10
                                                                    • Subsectors
                                                                      • Figure 8: Breakdown of Food retailers’ sales, by sub-sector, 2006-2010
                                                                    • Consumer prices inflation
                                                                      • Figure 9: Indices of retail prices for key product categories, 2006-10
                                                                    • Consumer expenditure
                                                                      • Figure 10: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 2005-09
                                                                      • Figure 11: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, Q1-3 2009 – Q1-3 2010
                                                                    • Leading food retailers
                                                                      • Figure 13: Food Retailers: Leading retailers’ share of food retailers’ sales, 2009/10
                                                                      • Figure 8: Estimated non-retail share of sales, 2009/10
                                                                  • News Analysis

                                                                    • Grocers
                                                                      • Asda Income Tracker: average family's spending power falls
                                                                        • Asda sells 39 Netto stores as part of OFT disposal deal
                                                                          • M&S appoints Tesco's Laura Wade-Gery
                                                                            • Morrisons
                                                                              • …in talks with George Davies
                                                                                • …retail boss to step down
                                                                                  • …sees like-for-likes up 1%
                                                                                    • …to complain about Asda's ads
                                                                                      • Nisa Today’s Group
                                                                                        • …reports strong Christmas trading figures
                                                                                          • …reports double digit growth
                                                                                            • Sainsbury's
                                                                                              • …abandons plans to move headquarters to King's Cross
                                                                                                • …appoints non-exec from Google
                                                                                                  • …market share up, but Morrisons' falls
                                                                                                    • …opens Fresh Kitchen
                                                                                                      • …reports Christmas high
                                                                                                        • …to source all Fairtrade cotton from supplier in India
                                                                                                          • Tesco
                                                                                                            • …completes sale and leaseback of 21 shops
                                                                                                              • …launches 20% off sale
                                                                                                                • …launches daily dozen price campaign
                                                                                                                  • …reports slight Christmas growth
                                                                                                                    • …to open new DC for dotcom and Express
                                                                                                                      • The Co-op
                                                                                                                        • …appoints Gill Bar as marketing director
                                                                                                                          • …sales fall due to bad weather
                                                                                                                            • …to create 1,700 store management jobs
                                                                                                                              • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                • …reaches £5bn sales
                                                                                                                                  • …to introduce 'Little' stores
                                                                                                                                    • Food specialists
                                                                                                                                      • Thorntons' sales fall in cold weather
                                                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                          • Alexon sales up but issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                            • Aquascutum narrows losses
                                                                                                                                              • Aurora to outsource distribution and IT functions
                                                                                                                                                • Bestseller increases Asos stake to over 20%
                                                                                                                                                  • Burberry
                                                                                                                                                    • …launches evolving spring ad campaign
                                                                                                                                                      • …to move into Regent Street Habitat store
                                                                                                                                                        • French Connection
                                                                                                                                                          • …opens Facebook store
                                                                                                                                                            • …pre-tax profits expected to rise
                                                                                                                                                              • H&M to launch sustainable clothing range
                                                                                                                                                                • Hermes increases forecast for 2010
                                                                                                                                                                  • Hobbs secures £14m investment
                                                                                                                                                                    • Jack Wills to expand further overseas
                                                                                                                                                                      • Jacques Vert festive sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                        • Matalan Christmas like-for-likes decline 4.5%
                                                                                                                                                                          • Moss Bros sells Hugo Boss franchise for £16.5m
                                                                                                                                                                            • Mulberry Christmas like-for-likes up 70%
                                                                                                                                                                              • New Look sales fall over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                • Peacocks Group sales and profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Phase Eight potentially bought out by private equity firm
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Primark Christmas sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Reiss on track for 40% sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Republic gains Andy Bond as new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                          • SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …buys European franchisee to push international growth
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Christmas sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sees strong third quarter sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ted Baker sales rise 7.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topshop plans to 'double' sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Barratts Priceless posts £6.1m profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dune creates IT platform for expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jimmy Choo backers opt for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jones Bootmaker in £40m sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Multi-Sector Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Marks & Spencer to open store in Champs-Elysees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home Retail reports better than expected Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …appoints Tesco's Laura Wade-Gery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …posts 2.8% Christmas like-for-like rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to focus on clothing arm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …top mCommerce league
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Argos to partner with PayPal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Poundworld to roll out multi-price store format
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Original Factory Shop reports Christmas like-for-likes up 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Halfords' retail sales drop over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kiddicare plans to repeat business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pets Corner profits up as it plans expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Laura Ashley FY profits to be "significantly higher" than expected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bathstore receive bids from Change Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpetright sales fall and it warns on profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cath Kidston sales rise 52%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dunelm Christmas like-for-likes fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Beales narrows losses by a third
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Debenhams like-for-likes slow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Fortnum & Mason reports record Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Harrods breaks £1bn sales mark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …appoints director of ecommerce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …lose Landsbanki stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sees strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …appoints new buying director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sees continuing strong trade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees weekly sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to open in-store spas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Selfridges finalises de Bijenkorf deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher's trade chain Screwfix opens to public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Topps Tiles' Christmas sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Best Buy Europe sees two more senior departures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Best Buy UK online boss to leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carphone Warehouse sees like-for-likes rise over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …begins redundancy consultations as it consolidates service centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …directors leave after dire trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …like-for-likes down 7.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dixons sees sales suffer in snow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Everything Everywhere to test stores under own name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jessops Christmas like-for-likes up 3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • O2 Retail to close 40 stores in 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Music and Video Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …appoints KPMG amid bank concerns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …begins to close stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sees buyers circling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …suppliers hit by credit insurance cut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Music Sales: 98% of singles now purchased online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Habitat to exit Regent Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homestyle profits down but Reid acquisition boosts turnover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Conran Shop sales rise over pre-VAT period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …acquires LoveFilm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …boosts fashion offer with lingerie launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Asos sales up 59%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ebay reports strong Christmas due to fashion division
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figleaves.com expands delivery options and drop boxes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Flying Brands warns on profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ideal Shopping Direct improves 2010 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • M and M Direct sees sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • N Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …acquires Slimma and Splendour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sees Christmas sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …ends year with strong Christmas trading sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports profit and reduces full year losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …shares rise as bid speculation increases
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Shop Direct Christmas sales up 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Hut sales up 70% in 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Health and Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boots UK like-for-likes up in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Feelunique.com sales up 50% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Holland & Barrett like-for-likes up 2.3% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Superdrug like-for-likes up 1.7% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Perfume Shop Christmas like-for-likes up 2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • British Bookshops & Stationers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …axes 40 staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …becomes first retail casualty of 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Foyles to open first shop outside London in 70 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Office Depot ties up with Dixons for PC World shop-in-shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Book Depository sees strong first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Waterstone's to close 11 shops on Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …like-for-likes fall 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …buys 22 British Bookshops & Stationers shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • JD Sports acquires Champion Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blacks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sale talks break down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sees two bidders remain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Go Outdoors reveals record year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …considers buying JJB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …invests £1m in Kukri purchase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Kitbag sales rise to record over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Snow + Rock appoints Neil McCausland as non-exec chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Aurum reports 'outstanding' Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • HPJ Jewellers bought out of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Signet UK sales fall over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Toys and Games Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …like-for-likes improve over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …signs deal with Microsoft to sell downloads in store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Games Workshop sees sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hamleys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …potentially bought by Qataris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports retail like-for-likes up 2.3% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports retail sector like-for-likes fell 0.3% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Consumer confidence rises in fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Consumer price inflation rises to 3.7% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ONS show strong retail sales for December 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Scottish Q4 retail sales outgrow rest of Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shop price inflation rises to 2.5%

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • A. S. Watson (Europe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Advertising Standards Authority
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Alexon Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Alliance Boots UK Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aquascutum Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aurum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Barratts Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bathstore.com Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Beale Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bensons Bed Centres Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Best Buy Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Best Buy Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bestseller
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bhs Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Biba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bijenkorf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Brantano (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • British Bookshops and Stationers Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • British Fashion Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Buy.com Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cath Kidston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • CCC Outdoors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Charnos PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Conran Shop Holdings Ltd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Credit Suisse Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Darty plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Debenhams Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dell Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dune Footwear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dunelm Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • eBay Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Electra Partners Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ernest Jones Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Everton Football Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Everything Everywhere Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Facebook, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Feelunique.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figleaves Global Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Firetrap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Flying Brands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fortnum & Mason Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fossil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Game Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Games Workshop Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • GIVe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • GNC Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Goldsmiths Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Google UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Gossard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Grupo Santander Central Hispano S.A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • H Samuel Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hamleys of London Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Harveys Furnishing Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hermes (GB) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • HMV Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hobbs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Holland & Barrett Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • HPJ Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • HSBC Investments (UK) Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hugo Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ideal Shopping Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Intersport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Investec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • J Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • J. Choo Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jack Wills Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jacques Vert plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jones Bootmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Julian Graves Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Karen Millen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kurt Geiger Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Landsbanki Islands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • LEGO Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • London Stock Exchange plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • LOVEFiLM International Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • M and M Direct Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • M&C Saatchi Worldwide Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Macintosh Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Magasin du Nord
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Manchester City Football Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mappin & Webb Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • MasterCard UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Maxeda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Microsoft Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Morgan Stanley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mountain Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mulberry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • NBTY (Europe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • O2 (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Oasis Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ocado Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Office Depot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Office of Fair Trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Orange plc (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ottakar's Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • PayPal Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Permira Advisers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pets Corner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Phase Eight Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Phones 4U Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pied a Terre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Poundworld Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • PriceLess
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Reid Furniture Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Reiss Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Renown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Republic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ryman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Samsung Electronics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Screwfix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Snow & Rock Sports Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sony (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Spar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Speciality Retail Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Splendour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • T-Mobile (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tesco Personal Finance Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Book Depository Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Fairtrade Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Garden & Leisure Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Hut.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Jessops Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Original Factory Shop Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Perfume Shop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The TJX Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • TJ Hughes Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Topps Tiles Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Topshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • W&G Foyle Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waitrose Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Watches of Switzerland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wolseley plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Woolworths Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • YouTube, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Zappos.com Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Zavvi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UK Retail Briefing - February 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  £295.00 (Excl.Tax)