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UK Retail Briefing - February 2013

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Failures
      • Dangerous to generalise
        • Changing technology – or keeping up with the market
          • Lack of cash – the spiral of decline
            • And what about the recession?
              • Lessons for 2013
                • The silver lining
                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                  • Key points
                    • Retail sales trends
                      • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2012-13
                    • BRC data for November
                      • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2011-13
                    • John Lewis
                      • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-Year Growth, 2012-13
                    • Inflation and wages
                      • Figure 4: RPI vs Average Weekly earnings growth, 2008-12
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2012-13
                    • Looking forward
                    • Sector Focus: Toys and Games Retailing

                        • Consumer spending on toys and games
                          • Figure 6: Consumer spending (incl. VAT), 2008-12
                          • Figure 7: Year-on-year growth in consumer spending on all games, toys and hobby goods, Q1 2011-Q3 2012
                        • Distribution of spending
                          • Figure 8: Estimated distribution of spending on children’s toys and games, 2011-12
                          • Figure 9: What has been bought through home shopping in the past 12 months, most popular categories, May 2012
                          • Figure 10: Non-food items bought from a supermarket or grocery store, most popular categories, September 2012
                        • Mintel’s Tracker survey
                          • Figure 11: Trends in what extra money is spent on, selected categories, Feb 2010-Jan 2013
                          • Figure 12: Trends in what extra money is spent on: Percentage of respondents opting for small extras versus days out, Nov 2009-Jan 2013
                        • Leading specialists
                            • Figure 13: Leading toys and games specialists’ net revenues, 2009-11
                            • Figure 14: Leading toys and games specialists’ outlet numbers, 2009-11
                            • Figure 15: Leading toys and games specialists’ operating profits, 2009-11
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Grocers
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Footwear retailing
                                • Department stores
                                  • Electrical retailing
                                    • Music and video goods retailing
                                      • Carpet retailing
                                        • Home shopping
                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                            • Economy
                                            • News Analysis

                                              • Co-ops
                                                • Co-operative Group
                                                  • …launches new charity fundraising initiative
                                                    • …reports strong Christmas trading performance
                                                      • Midlands Co-op
                                                        • …to shut Fashion and Home stores
                                                          • …posts positive Christmas trading results
                                                            • Convenience stores
                                                              • Nisa Retail appoints new chairman and board members
                                                                • Waitrose appoints new convenience director
                                                                  • Grocers
                                                                    • Asda
                                                                      • …relaunches dedicated flower website
                                                                        • …McKenna handed international role
                                                                          • Booths revamps its wine offer
                                                                            • Fortnum & Mason posts profit decline
                                                                              • Lidl announces UK expansion plans
                                                                                • Morrisons
                                                                                  • …acquires former Jessops stores
                                                                                    • …begins another round of price negotiations
                                                                                      • …boss vows to get back on track
                                                                                        • …creates in-house digital agency, M Digital
                                                                                          • …partners with Lakeland to launch kitchenware website
                                                                                            • Sainsbury’s partners with Channel 4 for daily cooking show
                                                                                              • Spar introduces in-store Amazon collection lockers
                                                                                                • Tesco
                                                                                                  • …hires managing director for London stores
                                                                                                    • …increases its 'dark store' portfolio
                                                                                                      • …launches baby brand
                                                                                                        • …to create 700 new jobs at dotcom store
                                                                                                          • …reports like-for-likes up 1.8%
                                                                                                            • …to open first in-store Harris + Hoole coffee shop
                                                                                                              • Waitrose to restructure head office retail services division
                                                                                                                • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                  • Thorntons rise in Christmas sales
                                                                                                                    • Hotel Chocolat
                                                                                                                      • …appoints its first international director
                                                                                                                        • …reports boost in sales and profit
                                                                                                                          • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                            • All Saints loses four members of executive team
                                                                                                                              • American Apparel achieves 38% rise in online sales with new web platform
                                                                                                                                • Aquascutum ex-chief executive to launch new label
                                                                                                                                  • Burberry
                                                                                                                                    • …like-for-likes up 6% in third quarter
                                                                                                                                      • …appoints news chief operating officer
                                                                                                                                        • Evans launches sub-brand for younger consumers
                                                                                                                                          • Fat Face appoints new chairman
                                                                                                                                            • French Connection records 2.9% drop in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                              • Hobbs posts 16.4% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                • Hoi Polloi collapses into administration
                                                                                                                                                  • Matalan
                                                                                                                                                    • …loses two senior directors
                                                                                                                                                      • …sees Christmas sales fall
                                                                                                                                                        • McArthurGlen reports strong Christmas trading period
                                                                                                                                                          • Moss Bros to exceed profit expectations
                                                                                                                                                            • New Look
                                                                                                                                                              • …looks to appoint refinancers
                                                                                                                                                                • …restructures its online buying team
                                                                                                                                                                  • Peacocks appoints new managing director
                                                                                                                                                                    • Primark records 25% sales surge in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                      • Radley
                                                                                                                                                                        • …appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                          • …earnings drop by £5 million in 2011/12
                                                                                                                                                                            • Republic
                                                                                                                                                                              • …chairman departs as restructurer is appointed
                                                                                                                                                                                • …considers store closures
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Store Twenty One asks for rent relief
                                                                                                                                                                                    • SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts 10.6% rise in Christmas like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to update online offering with click-and-collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                          • TK Maxx to open new Surrey store
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Uniqlo halves UK losses
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Urban Outfitters to open new Oxford Street store
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Victoria’s Secret opens stand-alone store at Stansted Airport
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Whistles enjoys strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • White Stuff sees sales soar over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • LK Bennett sees sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home Retail Group raises profit forecast after strong performance from Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Laura Ashley to launch menswear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …loses market share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …makes £8.5m loss in Paris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches digital lab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …releases trading statement early
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Original Factory Shop in potential sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Allders faces probe into money owed to outlets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Beales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …in debt negotiations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …posts dismal year end trading figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Debenhams to revamp Oxford Street flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …appoints new online director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sees sales soar 20.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sees strong conclusion to Christmas Sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher reshuffles management team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Theo Paphitis retail group enjoys strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carphone Warehouse reports 16% boost in Q3 like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …appoints new non-executive director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …posts strong third quarter results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jessops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …cut 77 more jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to be run as online-only retailer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Blockbuster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …enters administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …receives attention from restructuring firm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to close 129 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …administrator Deloitte sets a deadline for prospective buyers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …calls in administrators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …could potentially be saved by Hilco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …cuts 190 jobs at head office and distribution network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …has debt acquired by restructuring firm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sees rise in footfall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …eyed by Game group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to accept gift vouchers again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to axe 66 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to close up to 100 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Carpetright sees increase in UK like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • CSL reports record pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Conran Shop enjoys strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dreams posts 7.2% rise in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ikea posts post-Christmas Sales results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Made.com launches in France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Oak Furniture Land reports record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cath Kidston records 24% rise in total sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lakeland continues UK expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …expected to reveal extensive cash reserves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asos reports 41% increase in December sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Findel Group post 10.2% increase in Q3 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • N Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …poaches Original Factory Shop boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports 7.9% rise in like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …names former M&S executive as its new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …narrows losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Play.com closes direct retail business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shop Direct reports 5% growth in Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Hut Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …acquires Probikekit.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …in talks to acquire Cloggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Very partners with Glamour for new collections
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Worldstores partners with Wonga
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fragrance Shop records 4% jump in Christmas like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Perfume Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …appoints new brand and marketing manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports 2.4% rise in like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waterstones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …creates new retail director role
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sees pre-tax losses widen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …opens first Zoodle store in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …records 5% drop in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …acquires Gio Goi brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …loses head of JD Pro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mountain Warehouse benefits from bad weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct consider acquisition of Gio Goi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Theo Fennell issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Halfords reports flat like-for-likes over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mamas & Papas cuts pre-tax losses to £1.2 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mothercare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …posts decline in group sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …UK managing director steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • BRC:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …footfall down 1.2% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …increase in business rates could prevent new jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …like-for-like retail sales up 1.9% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …retail searches on tablets up 238%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …retailers to axe jobs ahead of retail rates hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …shop price inflation falls to lowest level since November 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • ONS: UK retail sales disappoint in December

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