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UK Retail Briefing - July 2009

UK Retail Briefing

UK Retail Briefing is a unique series of sector overviews that are written by Mintel experts and updated every month. Our analysts give insight into the burning issue in the industry including:

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  • Current retail performance
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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Heads coming out of the sand
      • Concerns
        • Figure 1: Concern over finances, change Feb 2008-Jun 2009
      • Rationalising
        • Realisation
          • Figure 2: Concern over job prospects, 18-25-year-olds, Feb 2008-Jun 2009
        • Retail sales
        • Headlines for the Month

          • Food retailing
            • Clothing and footwear
              • Mixed goods
                • Department stores
                  • DIY
                    • Electricals
                      • Carpets
                        • Home shopping
                          • Sports retailing
                          • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                              • Retail sales trends
                                • Figure 3: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                              • Early indications for June
                                • Figure 4: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2007/09
                                • Figure 5: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2008-09
                              • Inflation and wages
                                • Figure 6: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2007-09
                              • The RPI falls below zero
                                • Figure 7: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
                              • Looking forward
                              • Sector Focus – Clothing and Footwear Retailers

                                  • Sales trends
                                    • Figure 8: Clothing and footwear specialist retailers, sales trends, 1998-2009 (May)
                                    • Figure 9: Deflation in clothing and footwear, 1999-2009 (May)
                                  • Sharp falls
                                    • Figure 10: Clothing and footwear retailers as % of all retail sales, 1998-2008
                                  • Young vs Old
                                    • Sub-sectors
                                      • Figure 11: Breakdown of clothing and footwear retailers’ sales, by sub-sector, 1998-2009 (May)
                                    • Retail price inflation
                                      • Figure 12: Indices of retail prices for key product categories, 1998-2008
                                    • Consumer expenditure
                                      • Figure 13: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 1998-2008
                                      • Figure 14: Clothing retailers as % all spending on clothing, 1998-2008
                                    • Clothing sector
                                        • Figure 15: Clothing specialists: Leading retailers’ share of clothing retailers’ sales, 2007/08-2008/09
                                      • Footwear
                                        • Figure 16: Footwear specialists: Leading retailers’ share of footwear retailers’ sales, 2007
                                    • Advertising News

                                      • New campaigns
                                        • Currys to sponsor The Simpsons
                                          • Harvey Nichols in sale-fighter push
                                            • Iceland continues jungle camp sponsorship
                                              • Matalan sponsors Sky summer shows
                                                • Next plots in-store magazine
                                                  • Sainsbury's challenges Tesco with price-led ads
                                                    • Tesco
                                                      • …rolling out 'pound shop' strategy
                                                        • …wades into school uniform price war
                                                          • Accounts gains and losses
                                                            • Boots hires Rapp for No7 ad account
                                                            • Executive Appointments

                                                              • Hamleys appoints new chairman
                                                                • M&S chief announces plans to step down
                                                                  • Rose receives support as M&S executive chairman
                                                                    • Sainsbury’s considers two for chairman role
                                                                      • Theo Fennell returns to board
                                                                      • Advertising Expenditure

                                                                          • Figure 17: Total advertising expenditure, by all advertisers (£m), Apr 2005-Apr 2009
                                                                          • Figure 18: Total advertising expenditure, by all retail advertisers (£m), Apr 2005-Apr 2009
                                                                        • Use of media
                                                                          • Figure 19: Use of media by retail and all advertisers (£m), Apr 2008-Apr 2009
                                                                          • Figure 20: Use of media by retail and all advertisers (%), Apr 2008-Apr 2009
                                                                        • Top 25 retail advertisers
                                                                          • Figure 21: Top 25 retailers by adspend (£), Apr-May 2009
                                                                      • The Month in UK Retailing

                                                                        • Grocers
                                                                          • Iceland posts record sales and profits
                                                                            • Kwik Save moves to Spain
                                                                              • Morrisons ploughs ahead with farm in Scotland
                                                                                • Sainsbury's LFLs climb 7.8%
                                                                                  • Tesco
                                                                                    • …reveals "solid" Q1 performance
                                                                                      • …in £458m property deal
                                                                                        • …in insurance deal with Fortis
                                                                                          • …could bid for Northern Rock
                                                                                            • Off-licences
                                                                                              • First Quench posts FY loss
                                                                                                • Majestic sees FY profits plummet 56%
                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                    • H&M reports rise in Q2 profit
                                                                                                      • Jacques Vert records £2.9m loss
                                                                                                        • Matalan defies gloom with robust FY results
                                                                                                          • Mulberry FY profit down despite sales growth
                                                                                                            • New Look to roll out premium brand
                                                                                                              • Primark sales jump 20%
                                                                                                                • Ted Baker sees sales lift in Q1
                                                                                                                  • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                    • Mr Shoes trips into administration
                                                                                                                      • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                        • Home Retail sees strong Homebase sales
                                                                                                                          • Instore FY pre-tax loss widens to £10.5m
                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                              • M&S
                                                                                                                                • …to launch home shopping in 70 countries
                                                                                                                                  • …to launch pick 'n' mix sweet selection
                                                                                                                                    • …reports improvement in Q1 sales
                                                                                                                                      • Department stores
                                                                                                                                        • Beales sales dip in H1
                                                                                                                                          • Debenhams' share offer receives weak uptake
                                                                                                                                            • Harvey Nichols to trial online fashion sales
                                                                                                                                              • House of Fraser quells rumours of banking covenant breach
                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • Focus ponders CVA
                                                                                                                                                    • Kingfisher plans large Russian expansion
                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • Best Buy suffers 15% fall in Q1 profit
                                                                                                                                                          • DSGi suffers £140.4m FY loss
                                                                                                                                                            • Kesa Electricals reports FY loss
                                                                                                                                                              • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • HMV reports 11.5% rise in FY pre-tax profit
                                                                                                                                                                  • Virgin Megastores posts loss
                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • Allied Carpets
                                                                                                                                                                        • …to place subsidiary in administration
                                                                                                                                                                          • …to close stores and cut jobs
                                                                                                                                                                            • …goes into administration and pre-pack deal
                                                                                                                                                                              • Carpetright suffers 72% slump in FY profit
                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Asos boasts 93% surge in FY profits
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ideal Shopping Direct enjoys sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                      • N Brown enjoys sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to rebrand Littlewoods
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …unveils Woolworths.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …plots £50m fund raising amid loan storm
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …row escalates
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Game sees LFLs plummet 15.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hamleys plummets into £2.7m FY loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Halfords profits rise 2.4%

                                                                                                                                                                                                              UK Retail Briefing - July 2009

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