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UK Retail Briefing - May 2009

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Furniture pricing
      • Different
        • Furniture
          • 50% off
            • Interest free credit
              • Transparency
              • Headlines of the Month

                  • Food retailers
                    • Clothing retailers
                      • Department stores
                        • Household
                          • Home shopping
                            • Miscellaneous
                            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                • Retail sales trends
                                    • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                  • Early indications for April
                                    • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2007/09
                                    • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2008-09
                                  • Inflation and wages
                                    • Figure 4: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2007-09
                                  • The RPI falls below zero
                                    • Figure 5: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, Nov 2007-Mar 2009
                                  • Looking forward
                                  • Sector Analysis – Miscellaneous Non-Food Specialists

                                      • Sales trends
                                        • Figure 6: Miscellaneous non-food specialist retailers, sales trends, 1999-2009 Q1
                                        • Figure 7: Miscellaneous specialists: Main sectors share of sales, 2008
                                        • Figure 8: Miscellaneous specialists: Sales relative to all retail sales, 1999-2008 (e)
                                      • Health and beauty retailers
                                        • Figure 9: Health & beauty retailers as % all retail sales, 1999-2008 (e)
                                        • Figure 10: Leading Health & beauty retailers, 2004/05-2007/08
                                      • Books, newsagents and stationers
                                        • Figure 11: Booksellers, newsagents and stationers as % all retail sales, 1999-2008 (e)
                                        • Figure 12: Booksellers, newsagents and stationers: Leading players, 2004/05-2007/08
                                      • Carpet retailers
                                        • Figure 13: Carpet retailers as % all retail sales, 1999-2008 (e)
                                        • Figure 14: Carpet retailers: Leading players, 2004/05-2007/08
                                      • Photographic and office retailers
                                        • Figure 15: Photographic and office retailers: Sales as % all retail sales, 1999-2008
                                        • Figure 16: Photographic and office retailers: Leading players, 2004/05-2007/08
                                      • Others
                                        • Figure 17: Other miscellaneous specialists: Leading players, 2004/05-2007/08
                                    • Advertising News

                                      • New campaigns
                                        • B&Q launches privilege card
                                          • John Lewis overhauls fashion website
                                            • Account gains and losses
                                              • Halfords appoints first email marketing agency
                                                • Ikea reviews global media account
                                                  • Signet calls pitch for direct account
                                                    • Spar hires DMG duo
                                                      • T.J. Maxx chooses five finalists for creative
                                                      • Executive Appointments

                                                        • Theo Fennell re-appoints former chief
                                                        • Advertising Expenditure

                                                            • Figure 18: Total advertising expenditure, by all advertisers (£M), Feb 2005-Feb 2009
                                                            • Figure 19: Total advertising expenditure, by all retail advertisers (£M), Feb 2005-Feb 2009
                                                          • Use of media
                                                            • Figure 20: Use of media, by retail and all advertisers (£M), Feb 2008-Feb 2009
                                                            • Figure 21: Use of media, by retail and all advertisers (%), Feb 2008-Feb 2009
                                                          • Top 25 retail advertisers
                                                            • Figure 22: Top 25 Retailers by adspend (£), Jan-09-Feb-09
                                                        • The Month in UK Retailing

                                                            • Bakers (retail)
                                                              • Thorntons flourishes in Spring
                                                                • Co-ops (retail)
                                                                  • Co-operative Group boasts record FY results
                                                                    • Grocers
                                                                      • Henderson Group posts profit increase
                                                                        • Tesco
                                                                          • … to double in-store telecoms shops
                                                                            • …posts record FY profits
                                                                              • …to launch pharmacies in smaller superstores
                                                                                • …reveals £150 million Clubcard overhaul
                                                                                  • Waitrose and Ocado step up online grocery battle
                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                      • Adili rasies £350,000 through share placing
                                                                                        • Alexon
                                                                                          • …reports profit drop
                                                                                            • …Bay Trading put in administration
                                                                                              • Ann Summers co-founder sells stake
                                                                                                • Burberry confident to meet market expectations
                                                                                                  • Jane Norman in strategic review
                                                                                                    • Original Factory Shop boasts 12% rise in LFLs
                                                                                                      • Primark outperforms market with 18% jump in LFLs
                                                                                                        • Viyella to launch first-ever menswear collection
                                                                                                          • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                            • Home Retail Group suffers profit drop
                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                • Next Q1 results boosted by Easter sales
                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                    • Debenhams
                                                                                                                      • …battles over Principles stock
                                                                                                                        • …posts 10.7% profit increase
                                                                                                                          • ...parts ways with Shoe Studios
                                                                                                                            • Harrods plans Malaysian move
                                                                                                                              • John Lewis to launch standalone home and electricals stores
                                                                                                                                • Liberty's losses widen in 2008
                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                    • Robert Dyas in MBO
                                                                                                                                      • Wickes owner in £300m rights issue
                                                                                                                                        • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                          • Carpetright LFLs fall
                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                              • Dreams opens 200th store
                                                                                                                                                • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • Dunelm LFLs climb 2.3%
                                                                                                                                                    • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                      • Asos posts 104% sales boost
                                                                                                                                                        • Flying Brands chief to buy 12.48% stake
                                                                                                                                                          • Ideal Shopping Direct records FY loss
                                                                                                                                                            • N Brown defies gloom with 11% jump in FY profits
                                                                                                                                                              • Music and DVD retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • HMV
                                                                                                                                                                  • …to open cinema
                                                                                                                                                                    • …enjoys sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                      • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                          • …posts 5% fall in H1 profits
                                                                                                                                                                            • …eyes more Woolworths stores
                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Sports Fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports 9% jump in FY profits
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …ponders JJB takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                      • JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …secures vital rescue deal
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …on brink of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Signet sees sales drop in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dobbies enjoys sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Video games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Game FY profits surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Halfords reports sales slide
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pets at Home sees FY profit soar 29%

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Adili.com Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Allied Irish Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ann Summers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Austin Reed Group Ltd (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Bartle Bogle Hegarty (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Baugur
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Bay Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Bikehut
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Britannia Building Society
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dobbies Garden Centres plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dreams Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dune Footwear
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ernest Jones Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Escada
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Flying Brands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Grey Worldwide USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • GSD&M Advertising
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • H Samuel Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hammersmith Apollo
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hermes (GB) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hill, Holliday
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ideal Shopping Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jane Norman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • JJB Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Liberty International
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Liberty Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Lowe Worldwide
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mama Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • MediaCom
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mediaedge:cia
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mullen Advertising Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Nine West USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ocado Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Omnicom Group Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Original Shoe Company Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pets at Home Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pied a Terre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Publicis Groupe S.A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Publicis USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Qube Footwear Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Robert Dyas Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Spar
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Shoe Studio Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The TJX Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Theo Fennell Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Viyella
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Woolworths
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Woolworths Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • WPP Group Plc

                                                                                                                                                                                                            UK Retail Briefing - May 2009

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