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UK Retail Briefing - January 2015

Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month’s focus is on clothing retailing.

This sector focus looks at:

  • Trends in spending for the category
  • Retail sales performance in the category
  • The performance of some of the major players.

We also include an Analyst's Comment looking at the performance of some of the major retailers in the pre-Christmas period.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Christmas 2014 – An interim report
      • Interim conclusions
        • Retail sales growth
          • Food retailers
            • Figure 1: Leading food retailers Christmas trading performance, 2014
          • Clothing retailers and department stores
            • Figure 2: Leading non-food retailers Christmas trading performance, 2014
          • Online
            • Winners and losers
              • Pleasant surprises:
                • Disappointments
                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                  • Key points
                    • Retail sales trends
                      • Figure 3: Retail sales trends, 2013-14
                      • Figure 4: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2013-14
                    • John Lewis
                      • Figure 5: John Lewis: Year-on-Year Growth, 2014
                    • Inflation and wages
                      • Figure 6: The income squeeze: Wages growth vs inflation, 2009-14
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 7: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2014
                    • Looking forward
                    • Sector Focus – Clothing Retailing

                        • Executive summary
                          • Warm autumn hits sales
                            • Figure 8: Consumer spending on clothing and accessories (including VAT), 2009-15
                            • Figure 9: Clothing specialists’ retail sales: year-on-year growth, January – November 2014
                            • Figure 10: Consumer prices index: year-on-year inflation in clothing prices (including accessories), January – December 2014
                            • Figure 11: Global cotton prices: year-on-year % change, January – December 2014
                          • Marks & Spencer’s Christmas slump
                            • Prospects for 2015
                            • Headlines for the Month

                              • Grocers
                                • Other food specialists
                                  • Clothing retailers
                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                      • Department stores
                                        • Electrical retailing
                                          • Home Shopping
                                            • Book and toy retailers
                                              • Economy
                                              • News Analysis - Food and Drink

                                                • Convenience stores
                                                  • UK: Nisa
                                                    • …appoints new chief executive
                                                      • …rolls out ‘Store of the Future 2’ format
                                                        • UK: Tesco-owned One Stop trials discount format
                                                          • Grocers
                                                            • UK: Aldi’s price comparison campaign banned in the UK
                                                              • UK: Asda pledges £300m on price cuts
                                                                • UK: Booths like-for-likes dip over the festive period
                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury’s like-for-like sales drop 1.7% in Q3
                                                                    • UK: Social supermarket opens in South London
                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                        • …facing investigation from the FRC
                                                                          • …instructs auditor to scrutinise stock levels
                                                                            • …like-for-like sales down 2.9%
                                                                              • …staffs up in preparation for Christmas rush
                                                                                • …suppliers to be interviewed as part of fraud investigation
                                                                                  • UK: Waitrose enjoys pre-Christmas boost
                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                      • UK: Greggs like-for-likes rise 5.2% in the second half
                                                                                        • UK: Majestic Wine reports positive Christmas trading
                                                                                          • UK: Thorntons issues pre-Christmas profit warning
                                                                                            • Home shopping
                                                                                              • UK: Ocado posts sales growth of 18.6%
                                                                                                • Economy
                                                                                                  • UK: Grocery market sees marginal growth of 0.1%
                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales up 5.5% in November
                                                                                                      • UK: Retailers are optimistic for 2015
                                                                                                        • UK: Shop prices fell 1.7% in December
                                                                                                        • News Analysis - Non-food

                                                                                                          • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                            • UK: Bank falls into administration
                                                                                                              • UK: Barbour deliveries could be affected by strikes
                                                                                                                • UK: Boux Avenue like-for-likes up 31.7%
                                                                                                                  • UK: Burberry offers Christmas gift advice on Twitter
                                                                                                                    • UK: Jaeger
                                                                                                                      • …bid approach
                                                                                                                        • …celebrates successful Christmas
                                                                                                                          • UK: Jigsaw
                                                                                                                            • …like-for-like sales up 9.5%
                                                                                                                              • …achieves ‘record’ Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                • UK: Joules grows sales by 8.2%
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Karen Millen boss steps down from Aurora Fashions board
                                                                                                                                    • UK: McArthurGlen outlet sales climb 20%
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Monsoon introduces eReceipts
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Moss Bros like-for-like sales up 7.8%
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mothercare appoints new chief finance officer
                                                                                                                                            • UK: New Look and Matalan launch activewear
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Reiss doubles full year profits
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                  • …given £40m loan from owner Mike Ashley
                                                                                                                                                    • …sales grow 6.5% in first half
                                                                                                                                                      • …to close USC stores
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ted Baker posts strong Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The White Company appoints clothing director
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wolford announces new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                              • Footwear and accessories retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Office unveils new social media game
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Radley like-for-likes jump 11% over the Christmas period
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Russell & Bromley sales rose 9.5% in 2013
                                                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Marks and Spencer reports mixed Christmas period
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Next posts 2.9% sales increase in run-up to Christmas 2014
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Poundstretcher festive sales up 14.8%
                                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Fortnum & Mason reports Christmas sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …like-for-like sales up 5.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Christmas like-for-likes up 8%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports pre-Christmas sales decline
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales up 5.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons Carphone like-for-like revenues up 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Maplin reports strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Denmark: JYSK turnover grows 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: DFS sales grow 15.3% in first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Oak Furniture Land posts growth in sales period
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Oak Furniture Land to launch SofaStore showrooms
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Homeware and DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Carpetright UK sales increase 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dunelm like-for-like sales jump 6.2% in first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Tiger sales up 6.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topps Tiles like-for-likes up 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: United Carpets revenues down 11.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Boohoo posts profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ebuyer launches first major TV campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Major supermarkets hit by online glitches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …chief financial officer steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Q3 sales down 2.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: N Brown to discontinue Gray & Osbourn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Net-a-Porter buys My-Wardrobe.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports goods retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Decathlon ramps up UK expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Book and toy retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Foyles and Waterstones report strong book sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Entertainer sales up 5.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: The Works Christmas sales up 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Waterstones launches campaign to promote click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Signet UK sales up 9.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mintel's Christmas message
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Oxford Street West rents to soar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Advertising Standards Authority
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boux Avenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carpetright UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Compass Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Debenhams UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Diageo Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Diesel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dixons Carphone pro-forma merged group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dreams Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ebuyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • EH Booth & Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ernest Jones Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fortnum & Mason Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • H Samuel Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Harvey Nichols UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jigsaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jysk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Karen Millen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Maplin Electronics Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • McArthurGlen UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mexx
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Morrisons M Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Oak Furniture Land
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ocado Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Office Holdings Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • One Stop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Poundstretcher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Poundstretcher Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • R Barbour & Sons Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Radley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Reiss Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Rexam PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Russell & Bromley Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Starbucks Coffee Company UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • TalkTalk Telecom Ltd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Co-operative Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The White Company Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Works Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tiger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tiger UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Topps Tiles (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Topps Tiles Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Twitter, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Unilever Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • USC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • W&G Foyle Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wolford

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UK Retail Briefing - January 2015

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