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UK Retail Briefing - February 2012

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Matching prices
      • The problem of being the leader
        • Who isn’t matching Tesco these days?
          • Taking price out of the equation
            • What can Tesco do?
            • Headlines for the Month

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

                                              • Key points
                                                • Retail sales trends
                                                  • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                                • The BRC data for January
                                                  • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2010-11
                                                • John Lewis
                                                  • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2010-12
                                                • Inflation and wages
                                                  • Figure 4: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2008-12
                                                • Inflation fell again
                                                  • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2011-12
                                                • Looking forward
                                                • Sector Focus – Food Retailers

                                                    • Mintel’s Tracker survey
                                                      • Figure 6: Mintel Tracker Survey extracts: Agreement with statements on grocery shopping, Dec 2009, Dec 2010, Dec 2011
                                                    • Sector relatives
                                                      • Figure 7: Food retailers’ sales as % of all retail sales (excl. fuel), 2006 -11
                                                    • Retail sales data
                                                      • Figure 8: Food retailers’ sales, 2006-11
                                                      • Figure 9: Food retailers’ real-terms year-on-year sales growth, 2006-11
                                                    • Inflation
                                                      • Figure 10: Consumer prices inflation, selected categories, Jan 2010-Dec 2011
                                                      • Figure 11: Year-on-year change in food commodity prices, Jan 2011-Jan 2012
                                                    • Consumer expenditure
                                                      • Leading retailers
                                                        • Christmas performances
                                                          • What to do with a problem like Tesco?
                                                            • What do these results tell us?
                                                              • Figure 13: Leading food retailers, 2010/11
                                                          • News Analysis

                                                            • Grocers
                                                              • Asda
                                                                • …outperforms rivals over Christmas
                                                                  • …to invest £500m in stores and supply chain
                                                                    • Booths sales up as shoppers entertain over Christmas
                                                                      • Iceland deadline nears as Walker lines up £150m
                                                                        • Morrisons
                                                                          • …acquires meat processing facility
                                                                            • …brings back pay day offers
                                                                              • New People's Supermarket to open in Hackney
                                                                                • Sainsbury's
                                                                                  • …launches Matthew Williamson designer shopper
                                                                                    • …sees 'record-breaking' Christmas
                                                                                      • Tesco
                                                                                        • …aims to regain sales through voucher campaign
                                                                                          • …considers closing Home Plus stores
                                                                                            • …enters F&F partnership in Saudi Arabia
                                                                                              • …expands international technology for F&F
                                                                                                • …reports "disappointing" Christmas with like-for-likes falling 2.2%
                                                                                                  • …to drop carbon reduction logo
                                                                                                    • The Co-operative
                                                                                                      • …adds 28 stores after acquiring David Sands
                                                                                                        • …posts Christmas sales uplift
                                                                                                          • Ugo discount grocer sold after just a year
                                                                                                            • Waitrose
                                                                                                              • …and Boots scale back partnership
                                                                                                                • …to introduce contactless payments
                                                                                                                  • …to open more convenience stores in London
                                                                                                                    • Food specialists
                                                                                                                      • Greggs reports boosted Christmas sales
                                                                                                                        • Hotel Chocolat considering launch of beauty products
                                                                                                                          • Thorntons suffers poor Christmas performance
                                                                                                                            • Off-licences
                                                                                                                              • Majestic Wine posts Christmas sales rise
                                                                                                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                  • Agent Provocateur like-for-like sales rise over Christmas
                                                                                                                                    • Bestseller appoints UK sales reps to drive wholesale
                                                                                                                                      • Blue Inc enjoys positive Christmas
                                                                                                                                        • Bonmarche
                                                                                                                                          • …appoints GA to manage store closures
                                                                                                                                            • …bought out of pre-pack by Sun European
                                                                                                                                              • …stores to close as part of rescue deal
                                                                                                                                                • Bravissimo performance driven by Pepperberry
                                                                                                                                                  • Burberry reports rising sales due to outerwear and leather goods
                                                                                                                                                    • Coach posts rise in second quarter profits
                                                                                                                                                      • Edinburgh Woollen Mill
                                                                                                                                                        • …bids for Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                          • …plans 150 new stores as it eyes Peacocks property
                                                                                                                                                            • …pulls out of Peacocks talks
                                                                                                                                                              • French Connection issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                • Howies bought back by management
                                                                                                                                                                  • Jaeger full year profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                    • Karen Millen to launch sites in more European countries
                                                                                                                                                                      • La Senza acquired by Alshaya UK
                                                                                                                                                                        • Madhouse bought in pre-pack deal
                                                                                                                                                                          • Matalan reports sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                            • McArthurGlen reports record trading in December
                                                                                                                                                                              • Mulberry reports strong like-for-likes over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                • New Look
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …considers closing 100 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …receives six bids from potential buyers
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …refuses to honour gift vouchers
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sale sees new surprise bidder
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …struggles as RBS pulls out of rescue deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Primark sees strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pumpkin Patch in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Select to double stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …Christmas sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports January sales slowdown
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ted Baker delivers "excellent" Christmas performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Topman overseas success encouraging
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • White Stuff reports 2% year-on-year rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Barratts stores acquired by Ziff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Dolcis bought out of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dr Martens up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports strong Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to revamp website and launch overseas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Marks & Spencer reports stronger food sales while general merchandise suffers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 99p Stores looks to sell business for £60m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Poundland like-for-like sales up 5.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Poundstretcher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …closes transactional website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …quick to acquire up to 20 Ugo stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …cuts or freezes 11,000 prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …like-for-likes fall 8.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Original Factory Shop reports growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Evans Cycles revenues rise but profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden Centre Group in exclusivity talks with Terra Firma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Halfords sees like-for-likes drop of 4.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • LS Travel adds Watermark Bookstore to rail portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mothercare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reconsiders UK stores after arrival of new boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales rise driven by promotions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to launch range with Jools Oliver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Past Times
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …closes 47 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …officially in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pets at Home reports like-for-like sales growth over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • QD reports solid Christmas and plans expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Snappy Snaps sales rise 6.7% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Woolworths stores almost filled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Debenhams has strong Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Fortnum & Mason reports record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Harvey Nichols launches new concept store in Liverpool One
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts "pleasing" sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to extend collaboration with Mary Portas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches trend-led women's label JL Weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …Partnership sales up 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales driven by Clearance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • B&Q invests £12m in product ranges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carpetright
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …Ireland business in recovery despite group profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topps Tiles sales down 4.2% in first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Carphone Warehouse reports 4.7% like-for-like rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …acquisition by OpCapita complete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …cuts staff by 450
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports weak Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …boss Browett exits for Apple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …launches Knowhow Movies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports falling like-for-likes over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Maplin reports strong December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Phones 4U reports sales rise in final quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Music, video, and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …granted breathing space from banks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …like-for-likes fall as margins hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …marketing boss exits as 46 jobs put at risk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sets Friday deadline for first round bids for overseas business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to offload overseas operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • GameStop closes stores in Northern Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • HMV gets breathing space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Dunelm growth continues in strong H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture Village sales rise but profit falls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ikea's profit rises 10.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Lakeland launches new best practice mobile optimised website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …beats HMV to top UK entertainment retailer place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …expands sporting range for Olympics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …eyes chilled food offensive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asos sales and margins up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Boohoo full-year profits grow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Feelunique.com increases overseas marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Flying Brands reports sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kiddicare acquires 10 former Best Buy stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • My-Wardrobe plans international launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • N Brown reports like-for-likes rise 2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …enjoys late surge in Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …plans 'aggressive' marketing push
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …pre-tax losses improve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to cut prices in online price war
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Shop Direct chief Newton-Jones to leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Hut reports record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Boots sees sales rise more than 3% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lush Christmas "exceeds expectations"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Superdrug delivers "solid" festive growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Foyles reports Christmas sales up 20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hallmark plans out international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ryman profits driven by ecommerce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Works reports strong Christmas performance and new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • WHSmith reports like-for-likes fall 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Blacks set to be back in the black within a year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Decathlon eyes Best Buy stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …formally acquires Blacks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts festive like-for-likes rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folli Follie enjoys 64% increase in sales over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • LVMH considers bid for Aurum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Signet UK sales rise 1.8% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Hamleys posts record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hawkins Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …bought forward by former owner Primary Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …close to finding buyer as further stores shut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Hornby sale hit by weak Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Entertainer outperforms toy market by 22.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • BRC: Stronger Christmas "reflects one-off factors"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cost of retail crime rises 31%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • CPI at 4.2% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Glasgow Buchanan Street now 91% let
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Government launches Portas pilot to revive high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • January retail like-for-like sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kantar:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reveals Sainsbury's market share highest since March 2003
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …Tesco market share falls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Meadowhall applies for 70,000 sq ft extension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • More shoppers do Christmas shopping via smartphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • ONS: Retailers see December sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Retail employment rises 0.5% but weak outlook remains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Scottish retail sales worst since at least 1999
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop price inflation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …fall to near-two year low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …hits 16-month low in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Vacancy rates highlight north-south divide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Weekly spending power falls by £12

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 99p Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • A Levy & Son Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • A. S. Watson UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Advertising Standards Authority
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Agent Provocateur Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • AirWair International Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • All Saints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Allied Bakeries Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • American Golf Discount Centre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Apax Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Aurum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Bain Capital LLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Barratts Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • BC Partners Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • BDO Stoy Hayward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Berghaus Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Best Buy Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Bestseller
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Billabong International Ltd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Blacks Outdoor Division Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Bravissimo Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • British Fashion Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • British Olympic Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Calvin Klein, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carbon Trust
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • CBRE | Melody
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Chausport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Coach, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cromwells Madhouse Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • D2 Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Daily Mirror (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Darty France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • David Sands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Decathlon Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Della Femina Rothschild Jeary and Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dolcis Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Donna Karan International Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dwell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dyson Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • eBay Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • EH Booth & Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • El Corte Inglés
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electra Partners Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ernest Jones Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Evans Cycles UK Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Fat Face Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Feelunique.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Flying Brands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Folli Follie UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Fortnum & Mason Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture Village Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Game Group - Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • GameStop Corp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Gap Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Gola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Goldsmiths Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Groupon, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • H Samuel Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Haldane Foods Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hallmark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hamleys of London Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Harvey Nichols UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hawkin's Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hornby plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hotel Chocolat Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hugo Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jacques Vert Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jane Norman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Sports - Fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jigsaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Karen Millen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • La Senza Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lakeland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Land Securities Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Landsbanki Islands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lee Cooper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Limited Brands Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lotus International Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • LOVEFiLM International Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lunan Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lush Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Magasin du Nord
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Maplin Electronics Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mappin & Webb Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • McArthurGlen UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Meadowhall Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • MetroCentre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Morphy Richards Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mulberry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • My-Wardrobe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Netflix, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Nielsen Media Research, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Nike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Nintendo Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Nordstrom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Oasis Fashions Ltd - UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Office Holdings Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Office of Fair Trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Oxylane (Décathlon)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Past Times
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pentland Group PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Permira Advisers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pets at Home Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Phones 4U Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Poundstretcher Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • PriceLess
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pumpkin Patch Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • QD Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • R Barbour & Sons Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • R Griggs Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • River Island Clothing Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ryman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Schuh Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Select (Retail) Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sketchers U.S.A., Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Snappy Snaps Franchises Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sony Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Target Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Boston Consulting Group Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The British Land Company Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Entertainer (Amersham) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Hut Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Kooples
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The North Face Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Officers Club Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Original Factory Shop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The People's Supermarket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Sun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Works Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Timberland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • TJ Morris Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Topman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Topps Tiles Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Topshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ugo Foods Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Urban Outfitters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • VF Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • VION Food Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • W&G Foyle Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Waitrose Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Watches of Switzerland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Watermark Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Whistles Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • White Stuff Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Woolworths Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Wyevale Garden Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Zavvi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UK Retail Briefing - February 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                £295.00 (Excl.Tax)