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UK Retail Briefing - March 2012

UK Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis thatincludes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & Aactivities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally eachmonth, UK Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific UK retailsector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, makingthis an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the UK retailindustry.

Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector. This month we focus on furniture, carpets and other floorcoverings, and DIY specialists, three of the four main household sectors. The fourth, electricals, is covered separately.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Game in extra time
      • It’s the concept as much as the retailer that needs questioning
        • Where next?
          • Why Game?
            • And if Game does go?
            • Headlines for the month

              • Grocers
                • Clothing
                  • Footwear
                    • Multi-sector
                      • Mixed goods
                        • Department stores
                          • DIY
                            • Electricals
                              • Home shopping
                                • Health and beauty
                                  • Jewellers
                                  • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                    • Key points
                                      • Retail sales trends
                                        • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                      • The BRC data for February
                                        • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2010-11
                                      • John Lewis
                                        • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2010-12
                                      • Inflation and wages
                                        • Figure 4: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2008-12
                                      • Inflation fell again
                                        • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2011-12
                                      • Looking forward
                                      • Sector Focus – DIY, Furniture and Floorcoverings Specialists

                                          • Mintel’s Consumer Tracker survey
                                            • Figure 6: Trends in activities done and consider to do, Jul 2011-Jan 2012
                                            • Figure 7: Agreement that extra money is spent on furniture/home improvements/décor, Nov 2009-Jan 2012
                                          • Sector relatives
                                            • Figure 8: DIY, furniture and floorcoverings specialists’ sales as % of all retail sales, 2006-11
                                          • Retail sales data
                                            • Figure 9: DIY, furniture and floorcoverings specialists’ retail sales, 2006-12
                                            • Figure 10: DIY, furniture, and floorcoverings specialists’ retail sales: Annual % change, Jan 2011-Jan 2012
                                          • Consumer prices inflation
                                            • Figure 11: Consumer price indices: Annual % change, Jan 2011-Jan 2012
                                          • Consumer expenditure
                                            • Figure 12: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 2006-11
                                          • Leading retailers
                                            • Furniture specialists
                                              • Figure 13: Leading furniture specialists, 2010/11-2011/12
                                            • Floorcoverings specialists
                                              • Figure 14: Leading floorcoverings specialists, 2010/11
                                            • DIY specialists
                                              • Figure 15: Leading DIY specialists, 2010/11
                                          • News Analysis

                                            • Grocers
                                              • Asda
                                                • …poaches John Lewis Partnership director for CFO role
                                                  • …sees fourth quarter like-for-like sales up 1%
                                                    • …staff save £515m with its saving scheme
                                                      • …to introduce Android app to drive m-commerce sales
                                                        • Iceland
                                                          • …acquires Peacocks stores
                                                            • …expands eastward with partnership in Czech Republic
                                                              • Londis to double fresh food sales over next three years
                                                                • UK: Morrisons
                                                                  • …bolsters Kiddicare management
                                                                    • …plans for 300 convenience stores
                                                                      • …reports rising profits in 'best year yet'
                                                                        • Nisa Loco prepares to launch in Newcastle
                                                                          • People's Supermarket fights closure
                                                                            • Sainsbury's
                                                                              • …employees share £26.5m saving scheme payout
                                                                                • …invests in green power
                                                                                  • …open first outpatient pharmacy
                                                                                    • …renews contract with Nectar
                                                                                      • Tesco
                                                                                        • …online food sales to double in next five years
                                                                                          • …to create 20,000 jobs
                                                                                            • …to fund UK stores with Thai malls sale
                                                                                              • …to place emphasis on fresh food
                                                                                                • …unveils 3D virtual fitting room
                                                                                                  • …unveils next round of Big Price Drop cuts
                                                                                                    • …web portal to aid promotions
                                                                                                      • The Co-operative
                                                                                                        • … set to launch in-store food magazine
                                                                                                          • …makes £40m in sustainability savings
                                                                                                            • …to axe 300 jobs at HQ
                                                                                                              • …performance held back by former Somerfield stores
                                                                                                                • Waitrose Olympic Park branch awarded BREEAM 'outstanding' rating
                                                                                                                  • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                    • Hotel Chocolat considering launch of beauty products
                                                                                                                      • Thorntons
                                                                                                                        • …plan to test products online
                                                                                                                          • …plans to refit stores after poor trading
                                                                                                                            • …profits fall and retailer prepares to close more stores
                                                                                                                              • Whittard to expand after good Christmas
                                                                                                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                  • Ann Summers sees sales lift without rival La Senza
                                                                                                                                    • Aurora to sell stake in luxury Bastyan brand
                                                                                                                                      • Benetton increased digital focus with launch of new apps
                                                                                                                                        • Billabong
                                                                                                                                          • …receives formal approach from TPG
                                                                                                                                            • …rejects takeover bid
                                                                                                                                              • …sees Blackstone and KKR join bidding race
                                                                                                                                                • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                  • …sees more stores rescued from closure
                                                                                                                                                    • …to target over-50s
                                                                                                                                                      • Boux Avenue signs three stores
                                                                                                                                                        • Crew Clothing full year profits rise
                                                                                                                                                          • Edinburgh Woollen Mill
                                                                                                                                                            • …eyes further 75 Peacocks stores
                                                                                                                                                              • …invests £50m to turn around Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                • …pulls out of Peacocks talks
                                                                                                                                                                  • …re-enters bid for Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                    • Fenn Wright Manson
                                                                                                                                                                      • …calls in restructuring firm
                                                                                                                                                                        • …receives interest from Hobbs and Phase Eight
                                                                                                                                                                          • Firetrap explores sale options
                                                                                                                                                                            • French Connection pushes into homewares market
                                                                                                                                                                              • George at Asda acquires Turkish clothes sourcing arm
                                                                                                                                                                                • Gerry Weber reports full-year sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hobbs
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …announces £18m investment plans
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …invests £18m to drive multichannel
                                                                                                                                                                                        • J Crew to open UK stores
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lipsy launches first overseas stores in Dubai
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mango
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …continues international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …drops prices by 20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Matalan reports falling EBITDA for full year
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • New Look
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …seeks debt restructuring
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to double revenues in international markets
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Peacocks sold to Edinburgh Woollen Mill
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Playtex reports sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Primark like-for-like sales to rise 2% in first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • PVH to take European ck Calvin Klein accessories and apparel in-house
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Reiss fashion week activity increases sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Republic invests online due to fears for the high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • River Island's UK production paying off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • TK Maxx to open at Meadowhall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Topshop continues US expansion with LA store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • White Stuff reports £7.1m loss after goodwill write-off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Yeomans sold to former Sports Division boss Kinnaird
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aldo adds new fascia and tie-ups with Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • LK Bennett reports profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shoon falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches new multichannel store format
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches outlet format online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sees another director exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Argos considers shake-up of stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • B&M reports 47% profit growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • QD Stores targets online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Countrywide redundancies due to disappointing first half results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Albemarle & Bond
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …eyes more pop-ups
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees profits rise 12%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cash Converters in UK expansion drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Evans Cycles revenues rise but profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • H&T full year pre-tax profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lot 18 launches in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mamas and Papas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …increases global expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to develop multichannel around parents "on the go"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Past Times closes all shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pets at Home appoint new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …hires former Kingfisher finance boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …prepares for 'profound change' in retail market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …profits dip and staff receive lower bonus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to revamp flagship ahead of Olympics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • B&Q embarks on revamp project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Kingfisher reports B&Q like-for-like sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wickes sees fall in kitchen and bathroom sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …cuts staff by 450
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …in consultation to close Hull base
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dixons movies business to launch on Thursday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …loses supply from Capcom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to exit Comet shops to reduce space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to stop stocking EA and Nintendo major releases over credit row
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jessops chairman to step down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Maplin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …chief executive announced as John Cleland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …signs deal for 90-minute delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpetright shares rise on privatisation speculation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture and furnishings retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dunelm deputy chairman reduces stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Feather & Black launches transactional mobile site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lakeland to introduce contactless payment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Asos delivers to Collect+ stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boohoo moves into menswear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • BrandAlley to double mobile sales with site launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ebay launches first TV ad since 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Flying Brands to sell gift business to Interflora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ideal Shopping acquires etailer CreateToday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • My-Wardrobe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …debuts virtual shop window
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …losses widen as it invests in ambitious expansion plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Net-a-Porter Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …announces expansion into Asia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to launch kidwear, home and beauty sites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado reports first quarter sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shop Direct develops virtual changing rooms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Simply Be to expand store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • StylistPick to open first pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Yoox Group launches footwear site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …new £50m warehouse to enhance online profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to stock Mary Portas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Superdrug launches advanced skincare clinics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Body Shop reports 'solid' growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Clinton's Birthdays up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Go Outdoors launches mobile-based loyalty scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JJB Sports like-for-like sales fall but margins improve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …acquires sportswear website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports strong third quarter ahead of expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Yeomans sold to former Sports Division boss Kinnaird
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aurum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …full year EBITDA rises as sales process continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to revamp Mappin & Webb as suitors circle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Swarovski reveals plans for lola&grace brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Entertainer boosts multichannel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • BRC: Like-for-like retail sales fall 0.3% in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Christmas footfall rise driven by out-of-town shoppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Consumer confidence holds firm in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cotton prices rise following Indian export ban
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • CPI stands at 3.6% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Fairtrade sales hit £1.3bn as Morrisons joins commitment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Government considering minimum wage freeze
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hammerson occupancy levels up as it sheds office to focus on retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kantar: Tesco records lowest market share since May 2005
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Meadowhall applies for 70,000 sq ft extension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mobile accounts for 5% of all online sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ONS: January retail sales driven by online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Scottish retailers suffer biggest fall in sales since 1999
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shop price inflation hits lowest rate for nearly two years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Westfield Stratford City performs "extremely well"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 99p Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Accel Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Aimia Foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Albemarle & Bond PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Aldo UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Anglia Regional Co-operative Society Ltd - Food and Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ann Summers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Apax Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Aurum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • B&M Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Barclaycard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Barclays Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Barratts Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Benetton Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Bensons Bed Centres Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Billabong International Ltd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Birthdays Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Blackstone Group (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Blockbuster Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Boux Avenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • BrandAlley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (BSkyB)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Calvin Klein, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Capcom Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cash Converters Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Channel 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Chorion PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Citigroup Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Clinton Cards Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Coca-Cola Company (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Countrywide Assured Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Crew Clothing Co. Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cruise (Glasgow) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Della Femina Rothschild Jeary and Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • eBay Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electronic Arts, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Envy Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ernst & Young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ethel Austin Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Evans Cycles UK Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Facebook, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Fairtrade Foundation (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Faith Footwear Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Feather And Black Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Fenn Wright & Manson Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figleaves Global Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Firetrap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Flying Brands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Focus Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Galeries Lafayette (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Gamestation Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • GameStop Corp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Gerry Weber
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Gfk NOP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Go Outdoors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Goldsmiths Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Hammerson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Harvey & Thompson Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Harveys Furnishing Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Hobbs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Hornbach Holding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Hotel Chocolat Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • HSBC Holdings plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ideal Shopping Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • IGN Entertainment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Institute of Grocery Distribution
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Interflora Flowers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • J C Penney Company, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • J. Crew Group, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jacques Vert Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jane Norman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Kangol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • L'Oréal SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • La Senza Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lakeland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Landmark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Landsbanki Islands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Leiths School of Food and Wine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Liberty Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lipsy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • LK Bennett Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Londis (Holdings) Ltd - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mamas & Papas Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mamas & Papas Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mango Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Maplin Electronics Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mappin & Webb Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Meadowhall Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • MetroCentre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Microsoft Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Midcounties Co-operative Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Montagu Private Equity Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Montres Rolex S.A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Musgrave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • My-Wardrobe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Myer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Nectar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Netflix, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Nielsen Media Research, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Nintendo Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Oasis Fashions Ltd - UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Office of Fair Trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Past Times
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Permira Advisers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Phase Eight Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Philips Van Heusen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Phoenix Equity Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Playtex Apparel Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Poundstretcher Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Poundworld Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Procter & Gamble Company (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • QD Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Reid Furniture Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Reiss Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Republic Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Research In Motion Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Richemont Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • River Island Clothing Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • SABMiller PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sainsbury's Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Shoon Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sleepmasters Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • StylistPick
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Swarovski
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • TAG Heuer International SA 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Tate & Lyle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Tesco Personal Finance Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Bed Shed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Body Shop - Retail Sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The British Land Company Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Carphone Warehouse Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Entertainer (Amersham) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Jessops Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The People's Supermarket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The TJX Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Tiffany & Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • TJ Morris Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Tommy Hilfiger Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toolstation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Topshop old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Twitter, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Unilever Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Urban Outfitters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • USC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Visa Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • W Yeomans (Chesterfield) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Warnaco Group Inc., The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Watches of Switzerland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • White Stuff Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Whittard of Chelsea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Wickes Building Supplies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • World Design & Trade Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Yoox

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              UK Retail Briefing - March 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              £295.00 (Excl.Tax)