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UK Retail Briefing - January 2009

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Black clouds and silver linings
      • Loss makers
        • Administration
          • More to come
            • Not altogether a bad thing
            • Headlines of the Month

                  • Figure 1: Retailers’ trading statements, Christmas 2008
                • Failures
                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                    • Retail sales trends
                      • Figure 2: Retail sales trends, Nov 2007-Nov 2008
                    • Early indications for December
                      • Figure 3: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2007/08
                      • Figure 4: John Lewis: Year on year growth, H2 2008/09
                    • December – the evidence so far
                      • BRC data for December
                        • Consumers at the end of the year
                          • Inflation and wages
                            • Figure 5: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2006-08
                          • Inflation has begun to fall back
                            • Figure 6: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, Aug 2007-Dec 2008
                          • 2009
                          • Sector Focus – Clothing and Footwear Retailers

                              • Sales trends
                                • Figure 7: Clothing and footwear specialist retailers, sales trends, 1998-2008
                                • Figure 8: Clothing and footwear retailers as % of all retail sales, 1998-2008
                              • Subsectors
                                • Figure 9: Breakdown of clothing and footwear retailers’ sales by sub-sector, 1998-2008
                              • Retail price inflation
                                • Figure 10: Indices of retail prices for key product categories, 1998-2008
                              • Consumer expenditure
                                • Figure 11: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 1998-2008
                              • Clothing sector
                                  • Figure 12: Clothing specialists: Leading retailers’ share of clothing retailers’ sales, 2007
                                • Footwear sector
                                    • Figure 13: Footwear specialists: Leading retailers’ share of footwear retailers’ sales, 2007
                                • Executive Appointments

                                  • JJB appoints Jones as executive chairman
                                  • Advertising News

                                    • New campaigns
                                      • Asda pushes green image with new TV ad
                                        • Accounts gains and losses
                                          • B&Q reviews £40m ad contract
                                            • Debenhams calls pitch for £15m ad account
                                              • Lowe London resigns John Lewis ad account
                                                • Tesco Personal Finance hires BLM Quantum
                                                  • The Body Shop drops Leagas Delaney
                                                  • Advertising Expenditure

                                                      • Figure 14: Total advertising expenditure by all advertisers (£m), Oct 2004-Oct 2008
                                                      • Figure 15: Total advertising expenditure by all retail advertisers (£m), Oct 2004-Oct 2008
                                                    • Use of media
                                                      • Figure 16: Use of media by retail and all advertisers (£m), Oct 2007-Oct 2008
                                                      • Figure 17: Use of media by retail and all advertisers (%), Oct 2007-Oct 2008
                                                    • Top 25 retail advertisers
                                                      • Figure 18: Top 25 retailers by adspend (£), Sep 2008-Oct 2008
                                                  • The Month in UK Retailing

                                                    • Bakers (retail)
                                                      • Thorntons sales slip 2.3%
                                                        • Co-ops (retail)
                                                          • The Co-operative Group
                                                            • … reveals £200m store refits
                                                              • … thrives during Christmas
                                                                • Somerfield posts strong FY results
                                                                  • Grocers
                                                                    • Asda
                                                                      • … initiates supermarket price war
                                                                        • … enjoys Christmas sales boost
                                                                          • Lidl to open 50 new stores
                                                                            • Sainsbury's boasts "best ever Christmas performance"
                                                                              • Tesco
                                                                                • … to launch 200 new Discounter range products
                                                                                  • … earns £308m from sale and leaseback deal
                                                                                    • Off-licences
                                                                                      • Majestic Wine sales go sour
                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                          • Adams goes into administration
                                                                                            • Alexon reveals LFL drop
                                                                                              • Blooming Marvellous braced for administration
                                                                                                • Laura Ashley suffers LFL sales slump
                                                                                                  • Mosaic
                                                                                                    • … to enter talks to secure funding
                                                                                                      • … issues profit warning
                                                                                                        • New Look experiences festive sales joy
                                                                                                          • Officers Club saved by chief executive
                                                                                                            • Peacocks LFLs soar 22% in two weeks
                                                                                                              • Ted Baker reveals festive sales cheer
                                                                                                                • Viyella slips into administration
                                                                                                                  • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                    • Argos reins in expansion plans
                                                                                                                      • Poundland
                                                                                                                        • … to open 35 more stores
                                                                                                                          • … reports strong Christmas sales
                                                                                                                            • Woolworths
                                                                                                                              • … in last-ditch rescue talks with Mulcahy
                                                                                                                                • … trades for one more day
                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                    • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                      • … lays off 1,000 people
                                                                                                                                        • … LFLs plummet 7.1%
                                                                                                                                          • Next suffers sales drop
                                                                                                                                            • Whittard
                                                                                                                                              • … on the brink of administration
                                                                                                                                                • … rescued by Epic
                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                    • Debenhams reports robust Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                      • House of Fraser sales up 4.5% over Christmas period
                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                          • … sees weekly sales increase
                                                                                                                                                            • … boasts sales boost in Christmas spending
                                                                                                                                                              • … sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher calls for new rent payment structure
                                                                                                                                                                    • Strategic Retail places subsidiaries in administration
                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • Kesa sees profits plummet 71.2%
                                                                                                                                                                          • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                            • Zavvi closes 22 stores, cuts 178 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                              • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • Allied Carpets put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carpetright
                                                                                                                                                                                    • … profit slumps 67.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • … eyes rivals
                                                                                                                                                                                        • United Carpets reports H1 results
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Habitat to venture into Russia and the Middle East
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sofa Workshop on brink of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dunelm reveals drop in LFLs
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Findel posts robust Christmas results
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • M and M Direct sees festive sales surge 31%
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado reports strong Christmas results
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shop Direct Group posts 9% sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Blacks Leisure sees sales decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … closes five Qube stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … appoints Jones as executive chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports enjoys fruitful Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … posts H1 profit boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … owner to halt strategic stakebuilding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Signet reports sales slump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Theo Fennell suffers H1 loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hunter to lose Wyevale stake to HBOS

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