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UK Retail Briefing - June 2010

UK Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis that includes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & A activities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally each month, UK Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific UK retail sector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, making this an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the UK retail industry.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • How are the mighty fallen!
      • Victims of the banks
        • A long list
          • The silver lining
          • Headlines of the Month

            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                • Retail sales trends
                  • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                • BRC and ONS out of line - again
                  • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2008-10
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2008-10
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 4: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2008-10
                • The RPI eases back
                  • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-10
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Analysis – Miscellaneous Non-Food Specialists

                    • Classifications
                      • Sales trends
                        • Figure 6: Non-food specialist retailers, sales trends, 2000-10 (Jan-May)
                      • Booksellers, newsagents and stationers
                        • Figure 7: Booksellers, newsagents and stationers, sales trends, 2000-10 (Jan-May)
                        • Figure 8: Books, news and stationery retailers as % all retail sales, 2000-09
                        • Figure 9: Leading booksellers and newsagents, 2005/06-2009/10
                      • Health and beauty
                        • Figure 10: Health and beauty retailers, sales trends, 2000-10 (Jan-May)
                        • Figure 11: Health and beauty retailers as % all retail sales, 2000-09
                        • Figure 12: Leading health and beauty retailers, 2005/06-2009/10
                      • Miscellaneous
                        • Figure 13: Miscellaneous specialist retailers, sales trends, 2000-10 (Jan-May)
                        • Figure 14: Miscellaneous specialist retailers as % all retail sales, 2000-09
                        • Figure 15: Other miscellaneous specialists: Leading players, 2005/6-2009/10
                    • News Analysis

                      • Bakers (retail)
                        • Hotel Chocolat looks to raise £5 million via 'chocolate bond'
                          • Thorntons issues another profit warning
                            • Co-ops (retail)
                              • Co-op trials electricals
                                • Convenience stores
                                  • Henderson reports solid results
                                    • Grocers
                                      • Asda
                                        • …appoints Clarke as new chief
                                          • …purchases Netto for £778 million
                                            • …staff to receive £47 million
                                              • …struggles in Q1
                                                • Sainsbury's
                                                  • …profits rise 17.5%
                                                    • …invests in new technology to beat the weather
                                                      • …aims for larger share of clothing market
                                                        • Spar International sales climb 5.5%
                                                          • Tesco
                                                            • …quarterly sales up 6.9%
                                                              • …employees receive record share payout
                                                                • …chief set to retire
                                                                  • Waitrose
                                                                    • …LFLs up 3.4%
                                                                      • …to enter Bahrain
                                                                        • …and Ocado sign new 10-year deal
                                                                          • Off-licences
                                                                            • Majestic enjoys sales fizz
                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                • Bhs launches electricals website
                                                                                  • East Clothing returns to profits
                                                                                    • Ethel Austin relanched as Life & Style
                                                                                      • French Connection LFLs fall
                                                                                        • Green confident on Bhs future despite loss
                                                                                          • Jaeger reports solid FY results
                                                                                            • Laura Ashley reports revenue increase
                                                                                              • Monsoon plans large China expansion
                                                                                                • Moss Bros LFLs up 12.6%
                                                                                                  • Mulberry signs new London flagship store lease
                                                                                                    • New Look posts impressive FY results
                                                                                                      • Peacocks
                                                                                                        • …mulling over sale
                                                                                                          • …sale process set to begin
                                                                                                            • Phase Eight in MBO
                                                                                                              • SuperGroup to signs franchise agreement in UAE
                                                                                                                • Ted Baker posts 20% sales increase
                                                                                                                  • Topshop eyes Chicago opening
                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                      • Argos, Homebase sales fall
                                                                                                                        • B&M Bargains benefits from downturn
                                                                                                                          • Mothercare sales pass the £1 billion mark
                                                                                                                            • The Original Factory Shop up for sale
                                                                                                                              • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                  • …sees profits surge
                                                                                                                                    • …to open Advantage Card to other retailers
                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                        • M&S
                                                                                                                                          • …posts "satisfactory" results
                                                                                                                                            • …reports on Plan A performance
                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                • Beales buys Robbs of Hexham
                                                                                                                                                  • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                    • …reports ‘buoyant sales’
                                                                                                                                                      • …reveals new 'At Home' stores
                                                                                                                                                        • Liberty sales rise 40%
                                                                                                                                                          • TJ Hughes abandons sale process
                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • Kingfisher posts mixed results
                                                                                                                                                                • Robert Dyas invests £3 million in repositioning and new ad campaign
                                                                                                                                                                  • Topps Tiles posts poor profits
                                                                                                                                                                    • Travis Perkins LFLs down 1.7%
                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • Habitat appoints executive chairman
                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                            • Asos profits soar 44%
                                                                                                                                                                              • Flying Brands buys Flowers Direct out of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                • Ideal Shopping enjoys sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                  • N Brown Group buys Figleaves
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Net-a-Porter to launch men's site
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ocado hires five banks
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Clinton Cards suffers sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                            • WH Smith sales dented by ash cloud
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Sports acquires Sonetti
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JD Sports Fashion sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • JJB suffers £68.8 million loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DSGi LFLs up 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kesa blames weak sales on 'extremely poor weather'
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Aurum posts strong FY results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Signet Q1 revenue up 6.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Halfords profits up 26.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Burberry reports strong results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Miscellaneous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Delivery process ‘frustrating’ online shoppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Football reduces footfall, study claims
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • London retail sales growth slows in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • London retail sales rise in May, says BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ONS: Retail sales rise 1.1% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK retail sales down in May, says CBI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK retail sales rebound in May, says BRC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Aurum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Beale Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Clinton Cards Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Credit Suisse Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Duke Street Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • East Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • EchoStar Communications Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ethel Austin Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fenwick Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figleaves Global Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Flying Brands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Goldsmiths Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Henderson Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hotel Chocolat Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ideal Shopping Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • IKANO Financial Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Liberty International
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mappin & Webb Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Monsoon Accessorize Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mulberry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Office of Fair Trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Phase Eight Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Robert Dyas Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Spar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Original Factory Shop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • TJ Hughes Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Topshop old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Vergo Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Watches of Switzerland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • WH Smith PLC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UK Retail Briefing - June 2010

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