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UK Retail Briefing - June 2013

Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month’s focus is on beauty and personal care (BPC) retailing, with a focus on specialist health and beauty (H&B) retailers.

This sector focus includes:

  • Extracts from Mintel’s exclusive monthly Consumer Tracker survey
  • Retail sales data for the H&B specialists sector including forecasts for 2013
  • Consumer spending data for BPC categories
  • A breakdown of annual spending on the ten largest BPC categories from Mintel’s Global Market Navigator
  • ‘Where They Shop’ consumer data from Mintel’s Beauty Retailing – UK, January 2013 report

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Price, price, price
      • Online activity
        • Price isn’t everything
          • Asda chasing Aldi
            • Asda’s weakness
            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

              • Key points
                • Retail sales trends
                  • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2012-13
                • BRC data for May
                  • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2011-13
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-Year Growth, 2012-13
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 4: RPI vs Average Weekly earnings growth, 2008-12
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2012-13
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Focus: Beauty and Personal Care Retailing

                    • Mintel’s Tracker Survey
                        • Figure 6: Mintel’s Consumer Tracker: Trends in what extra money is spent on, November 2009-April 2013
                        • Figure 7: Mintel’s Consumer Tracker: Consumers saying they spend extra money on fragrances/toiletries/make up as % of consumers saying they spend extra money on beauty treatment/haircut, November 2009 – April 2013
                      • Specialists’ sales and consumer spending
                        • The specialists sector
                          • Figure 8: Retail sales (incl Vat), 2008-13
                          • Figure 9: Year-on-year retail sales growth for health & beauty specialists (excluding Boots), January 2011-April 2013
                        • Consumer spending
                          • Figure 10: Consumer spending: Year-on-year growth in selected categories, Q1 2011-Q4 2012
                          • Figure 11: Consumer spending (incl vat), 2008-12
                          • Figure 12: Personal care goods: The ten largest markets, at retail selling prices, 2012 and 2013
                        • The major specialists
                          • Figure 13: The consumer: Where they buy beauty products, whether in-store or online, November 2012
                      • Headlines for the Month

                        • Grocers
                          • Clothing retailing
                            • Footwear retailing
                              • Department stores
                                • DIY retailing
                                  • Electrical retailing
                                    • Home shopping
                                      • Health & beauty retailing
                                        • Sports & leisure goods retailing
                                          • Jewellers
                                            • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                              • Economy
                                              • News Analysis

                                                • Co-ops
                                                  • The Co-op appoints new group finance director
                                                    • Convenience stores
                                                      • Nisa Retail appoints newly created role of marketing director
                                                        • Grocers
                                                          • Aldi
                                                            • …grows market share
                                                              • …outpaces grocery market
                                                                • Asda
                                                                  • …appoints international director for George brand
                                                                    • …Q1 sales up 1.3%
                                                                      • …to donate surplus stock to FareShare
                                                                        • Booths appoints Paul Minett as retail director
                                                                          • Fortnum & Mason to open standalone store
                                                                            • Iceland posts profit rise
                                                                              • Morrisons
                                                                                • …appoints interim chief information officer
                                                                                  • …questions Tesco’s Price Promise claims
                                                                                    • …to launch adult clothing
                                                                                      • Sainsbury’s
                                                                                        • …staff share record £90 million bonus pot
                                                                                          • …Justin King sees 23% rise in pay package
                                                                                            • …to help food start-ups enter market
                                                                                              • …ups digital with video-on-demand
                                                                                                • Tesco
                                                                                                  • …F&F announces international expansion plans
                                                                                                    • …posts fall in Q1 sales
                                                                                                      • …trials “super convenience” store
                                                                                                        • …Fresh & Easy boss receives payout
                                                                                                          • Waitrose
                                                                                                            • …boss threatens Ocado and Morrisons deal
                                                                                                              • …signs cricket sponsorship deal
                                                                                                                • …to supply Chile with British products
                                                                                                                  • …unveils store revamp programme
                                                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                      • Holland & Barrett owner acquires Essenza chain
                                                                                                                        • Hotel Chocolat looks to sell minority stake
                                                                                                                          • Wholesalers
                                                                                                                            • Booker profits rise 13%
                                                                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                • All Saints launches film production Company
                                                                                                                                  • Barbour
                                                                                                                                    • …appoints two new senior team members
                                                                                                                                      • …awarded £549,000 government investment
                                                                                                                                        • Basic Thinking opens new factory in Leicester
                                                                                                                                          • Bhs sales down in 2011/12
                                                                                                                                            • Burberry posts profits rise
                                                                                                                                              • Cambridge Satchel Company in talks with Wahaha
                                                                                                                                                • Cocosa hires new general manager
                                                                                                                                                  • Coggles falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                    • French Connection like-for-like sales flat
                                                                                                                                                      • Hackett takes Ferrari store on Regent Street
                                                                                                                                                        • Hobbs’ profits up 1.3%
                                                                                                                                                          • Hunter Boots appoints new ecommerce director
                                                                                                                                                            • Issa founder and creative director to exit business
                                                                                                                                                              • Jaeger finance director steps down
                                                                                                                                                                • Joules targeted by LVMH’s private equity arm L Capital
                                                                                                                                                                  • Lee Cooper expands into Baltic markets
                                                                                                                                                                    • Monsoon Accessorize hires Jacques Vert director as digital boss
                                                                                                                                                                      • Moss Bros’ online sales increase by 138%
                                                                                                                                                                        • New Look returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                          • Next plc announces board changes
                                                                                                                                                                            • Oki Ni bought by ecommerce group
                                                                                                                                                                              • Reiss
                                                                                                                                                                                • …‘back on track’ with new structure
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …ecommerce and brand directors to exit
                                                                                                                                                                                    • River Island set to expand in Australia
                                                                                                                                                                                      • SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …appoints new international director
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …plans German expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                            • TM Lewin eyes Nigeria, India and Philippines for international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Topshop unveils festival collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Clarks pre-tax profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • LK Bennett
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …appoints former Burberry director
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …plans expansion in China
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Schuh opens first out-of-town store
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mixed Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Poundland cuts prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Original Factory Shop hires Tony Page as chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Multi-Sector Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Laura Ashley pays shareholders special dividend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home Retail Group boss reward package rises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …marketing and store environment directors to leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …boosts womenswear with two appointments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …boss Marc Bolland pay drops by a third
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …hits lowest annual profit since 2009 as clothing sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …previews crucial autumn/winter collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Harvey Nichols to expand Birmingham branch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …strong performance boosted by soaring online sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to boost premium credentials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • John Lewis to open Oxford store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Louboutin to open standalone store in Harrods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Selfridges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …opens world’s largest denim store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sees exit of online and finance bosses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • B&Q
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …and Morrisons confirm joint shopping space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …trials tool upcycling scheme in Bristol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home Retail Group boss reward package rises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher posts Q1 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topps Tiles posts H1 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Travis Perkins posts Q1 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Trinity Leeds: 2.7 million visitors in first month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Whiteley shopping centre opens in Hampshire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dixons reports growth in the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Maplin’s operating profit declines by 33.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Barker & Stonehouse opens first London store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dreams chief executive Nick Worthington steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dwell looks at sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Steinhoff Europe increases funding facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sun European pays £23 million to clear debt owed after Dreams collapse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to open London office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …under fire over dodged tax bill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asos withdraws radioactive belts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Boden plots international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Brand Alley seeks overseas expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • eBay to launch click-and-collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Findel sees pre-tax profits rise 50%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Iceland to launch online offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Morrisons signs deal with Ocado to launch online store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • N Brown boss awarded £4 million ‘golden hello’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …eyes transformation from supermarket to hypermarket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reconfirms that it will not be acquired by Morrisons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • PayPoint relaunches Collect+
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Royal Mail to enter Click and Collect initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Primark makes first move into online retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Retailers to invest £5bn in omnichannel over next five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shop Direct reviews womenswear brand portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Very launches new collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • WorldStores received £10 million investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Bargain Booze hires wine consultant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boots posts year-end results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lloyds pharmacy to roll out new store layout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Fragrance Shop posts record year-end results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Card Factory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …considers public offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …plots 1,200 store expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • WH Smith voted worst store on high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Snow+Rock reports flat full-year profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …closes 20 Republic stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …launches news website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Aurum’s profits increase by 7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Signet posts sales fall at H Samuel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Theo Fennell extends bid deadline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Halfords posts fall in pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mamas & Papas launches kidswear range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mothercare posts full year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • BRC:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …cash payments falling in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …retail sales up 1.8% on a like-for-like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …shop vacancy levels rise to record high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ONS: Retail sales down 1.3% in April

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