Sorry for interrupting, this website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Learn more
Accept & Close

UK Retail Briefing - June 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:

  • Latest industry news
  • Current retail performance
  • Market forecasts
  • Latest trading statistics
  • Advertising data
  • Expert comment and opinion

Use UK Retail Briefing to:

  • Identify opportunities for growth
  • Increase your market intelligence quickly and easily
  • Strategise consumer targeting
  • Translate consumer trends into business drivers
  • Pin-point threats and adjust your business plans accordingly

What you get

What's included

Why buy from us?

Succeed

Our reports will provide you with market data, consumer research and competitive intelligence to succeed in your market.

Instant Access

Buy now and you'll have instant access to the information you need to make the right decisions.

Opportunities

Find out what's next in the markets that matter to you: where opportunities lie and what challenges you will face.

Trusted

A business Superbrand, Mintel is a source you can trust. We have been defining and refining the Market Intelligence mix since 1972.

Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • One recession, or two?
      • Underpinning retail sales
        • Where next?
          • There are bad times just around the corner
            • A note in defence of the ONS
              • Changing methods
                • Figure 1: Retail sales value growth on old and new bases, 2005-09
              • Incompetent reporting
              • Headlines for the Month

                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                    • Retail sales trends
                      • Figure 2: Retail sales trends, on old and new ONS bases, 2008-09
                    • Early indications for May
                      • Figure 3: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2007/09
                      • Figure 4: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2008-09
                    • Inflation and wages
                      • Figure 5: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2007-09
                    • The RPI falls again
                        • Figure 6: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
                      • Looking forward
                      • Sector Analysis – Electricals

                          • Sales trends
                            • Figure 7: Electrical specialist retailers, sales trends, 1999-2009 Q1
                            • Figure 8: Electrical retailers as percentage of all retail sales, 1998-2009
                          • Consumer expenditure
                            • Figure 9: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories (£m), 1998-2008
                          • Retailer performance
                            • Figure 10: Electricals specialists sales relative to spending on electricals goods, 1998-2008
                          • Retail price inflation
                            • Figure 11: Indices of retail prices for product categories, 2000-09
                          • Electrical retailers: Latest trends
                            • Figure 12: UK: Leading electical retailers, 2007/08
                        • Advertising News

                          • New campaigns
                            • Asda rolls out cycling project
                              • Currys in summer tie-up with News International
                                • M&S
                                  • … stages 125th birthday penny bazaars
                                    • … in nostalgic anniversary ad drive
                                      • Morrisons brings in-store mag online
                                        • PC World kicks off brand-led campaign
                                          • Phones4U turns to popular people
                                            • Tesco offers free laptops as it challenges Carphone
                                              • Waitrose in "Essential" campaign
                                                • Account gains and losses
                                                  • Mothercare appoints BBH
                                                    • Selfridges hands centenary brief to Wieden & Kennedy
                                                      • Seventy Seven to promote Spar as a 'credible' wine seller
                                                      • Executive Appointments

                                                        • Alliance Boots names new CEO
                                                          • Halfords appoints new chairman
                                                            • Mulberry's COO resigns
                                                              • Wyevale Garden Centres appoints new chairman
                                                              • Advertising Expenditure

                                                                  • Figure 13: Total advertising expenditure, by all advertisers (£m), Mar 2005-Mar 2009
                                                                  • Figure 14: Total advertising expenditure, by all retail advertisers (£m), Mar 2005-Mar 2009
                                                                • Use of media
                                                                  • Figure 15: Use of media, by retail and all advertisers (£m), Mar 2008-Mar 2009
                                                                  • Figure 16: Use of media, by retail and all advertisers (%), Mar 2008-Mar 2009
                                                                • Top 25 retail advertisers
                                                                  • Figure 17: Top 25 retailers, by adspend (£), Feb 2009-Mar 2009
                                                              • The Month in UK Retailing

                                                                  • Bakers (retail)
                                                                    • Greggs sales up 5% in H1
                                                                      • Grocers
                                                                        • Asda
                                                                          • … sales up 8.4% in Q1
                                                                            • … to expand in Scotland
                                                                              • Morrisons reports strong Q1 sales
                                                                                • Sainsbury's enjoys 11% hike in FY profits
                                                                                  • Spar International posts "excellent" results
                                                                                    • Tesco trials DVD rental kiosks in Ireland
                                                                                      • Waitrose bucks downturn with quarterly growth
                                                                                        • Off-licences
                                                                                          • First Quench posts FY loss
                                                                                            • Clothing retailing
                                                                                              • Alexon LFLs slump 10.5% in Q1
                                                                                                • Aquascutum in sales talks
                                                                                                  • Bay Trading bought out of administration
                                                                                                    • Burberry suffers annual loss
                                                                                                      • French Connection posts sales boost
                                                                                                        • Moss Bros reports sales fall
                                                                                                          • New Look posts record FY results
                                                                                                            • TJX Europe plans huge UK expansion
                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                • Clarks profits increase 16%
                                                                                                                  • Debenhams parts ways with Shoe Studios
                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                      • Mothercare FY profits soar
                                                                                                                        • Poundland posts annual earnings jump
                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                            • Alliance Boots posts £13m profit
                                                                                                                              • Laura Ashley records sales rise
                                                                                                                                • Marks & Spencer cuts dividend as FY profit drops
                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                    • Debenhams posts sales dip, looks to raise £323 million
                                                                                                                                      • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                        • B&Q invests £18m in furniture launch
                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher enjoys 40% profit boost
                                                                                                                                            • Topps Tiles profits slump
                                                                                                                                              • Wickes owner in £300m rights issue
                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • Best Buy Europe posts annual loss
                                                                                                                                                    • DSGi sells Hungarian chain for €1
                                                                                                                                                      • Kesa sees sales drop 7.5%
                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                          • Findel considers rights issue after disappointing year
                                                                                                                                                            • Ideal Shopping Direct enjoys sales increase
                                                                                                                                                              • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • Borders UK hires restructuring firm
                                                                                                                                                                  • Clinton Cards puts Birthdays into administration
                                                                                                                                                                    • WH Smith posts solid Q3 sales
                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • Blacks Leisure suffers annual loss
                                                                                                                                                                          • JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                            • … acquires Chausport for €8 million
                                                                                                                                                                              • … ponders JJB takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                • … posts LFLs boost
                                                                                                                                                                                  • JJB sees sales plunge 23%
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports Direct sells 5% JJB Sports stake to mystery investor
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aurum reports flat Q1 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Signet delivers Q1 profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dobbies enjoys sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Halfords profits rise 2.4%

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aquascutum Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Armitage Shanks
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aurum
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Barratts Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bay Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • BCC
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Birthdays Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Borders (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Brico Depôt (France)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • British Airport Authority
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Buy Buy Baby Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Chausport
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Clarks of England USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Clinton Cards Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Darty France
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Datart
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dobbies Garden Centres plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dune Footwear
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Early Learning Centre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ernest Jones Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • First Quench Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • H Samuel Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Harvey Nichols UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • HBOS plc (Halifax Bank of Scotland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ideal Shopping Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher France
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Liberty International
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Menaje del Hogar
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • MFI Furniture Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mulberry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Nine West USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • O'Neill, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • PC City (Sweden)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pied a Terre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Renown
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Smeg UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Spar
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports Direct UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Shoe Studio Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The TJX Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Vanden Borre
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Viyella
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Woolworths Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wyevale Garden Centres

                                                                                                                                                                                                  UK Retail Briefing - June 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                                  US $382.00 (Excl.Tax)