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UK Retail Briefing - May 2010

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • In uncharted territory
      • Pain for consumers
        • Figure 1: “The election result is good for me/the economy”, May 2010
      • Implications
        • Timing
          • Déjà vu
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Food retailers
              • Clothing retailing
                • Footwear retailing
                  • Mixed goods
                    • Multi-sector
                      • Department stores
                        • Furniture retailing
                          • Home shopping
                            • Book retailing
                              • Sports
                                • Electricals retailers
                                  • Miscellaneous
                                  • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                      • Retail sales trends
                                        • Figure 2: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                      • April – looks disappointing
                                        • Figure 3: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2008-10
                                      • John Lewis
                                        • Figure 4: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2008-10
                                      • Inflation and wages
                                        • Figure 5: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2008-10
                                      • The RPI up again
                                        • Figure 6: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-10
                                      • Looking forward
                                      • Sector Analysis – Electricals

                                          • Sales trends
                                            • Electricals retailers
                                              • Figure 7: Electrical specialist retailers, sales trends, 2000-09
                                            • Computer and telecoms retailers
                                              • Figure 8: Computer and telecoms specialist retailers, sales trends, 2000-09
                                            • The retailers and the Internet
                                              • Sector performance
                                                • Figure 9: Electrical retailers as % of all retail sales, 1999-2009
                                              • Consumer expenditure
                                                • Figure 10: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories (£m), 1999-2009
                                              • Prospects
                                                • Retail price inflation
                                                  • Figure 11: Indices of retail prices for product categories, 2000-10
                                                • Electrical retailers: Leading players
                                                  • Figure 12: UK: Leading electical retailers, 2008/09
                                              • News Analysis

                                                • Bakers (retail)
                                                  • Thorntons reports disappointing results
                                                    • Co-ops (retail)
                                                      • OFT fines retailers £225 million for tobacco price fixing
                                                        • Grocers
                                                          • Asda
                                                            • ...Bond stands down as Asda chief executive
                                                              • ..Clarke tipped to be new Asda chief
                                                                • …offers top executives early pay to avoid 50% tax
                                                                  • …plans 150 Living stores to become largest non-food retailer
                                                                    • Morrisons
                                                                      • …announced £32 million of price cuts
                                                                        • ...LFLs slow in Q1
                                                                          • Netto UK profits up 53%
                                                                            • Sainsbury's to sponsor Paralympic Games
                                                                              • Tesco
                                                                                • …announces massive FY profit
                                                                                  • …launches social networking site
                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                      • Alexon reports FY loss
                                                                                        • Arcadia COO departs
                                                                                          • Burberry sales improve
                                                                                            • Envy falls into administration
                                                                                              • Jaeger targets premium young market with new brand
                                                                                                • Moss Bros to open bespoke tailoring stores
                                                                                                  • Mothercare circles Blooming Marvellous
                                                                                                    • Peacocks ponders sale or refinancing
                                                                                                      • Phase Eight receives interest from suitors
                                                                                                        • Primark profits and sales increase
                                                                                                          • Republic put up for sale
                                                                                                            • River Island chief steps down
                                                                                                              • Supergroup sales surge 83%
                                                                                                                • The Original Factory Shop sales rise 35%
                                                                                                                  • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                    • Faith slips into administration
                                                                                                                      • Logo 69 expresses Faith interest
                                                                                                                        • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                          • Home Retail Group posts fall in annual profits
                                                                                                                            • Poundland sold for £200 million
                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                • M&S
                                                                                                                                  • …converts entire mini wine range to plastic
                                                                                                                                    • …finance director steps down
                                                                                                                                      • Next LFLs rise 2.2%
                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                          • Debenhams posts £114.5 million profit
                                                                                                                                            • John Lewis to launch biggest ever TV campaign
                                                                                                                                              • Harrods sold by Al Fayed
                                                                                                                                                • New Harrods owners consider overseas expansion
                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • Focus undergoes management changes
                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • DFS sold for £500 million
                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                            • Dunelm reports LFLs increase
                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                • Asos
                                                                                                                                                                  • …revenue soars 35%
                                                                                                                                                                    • …to launch virtual marketplace
                                                                                                                                                                      • Findel FY sales up 1%
                                                                                                                                                                        • Freemans receives £10 million cash injection
                                                                                                                                                                          • N Brown posts strong FY results
                                                                                                                                                                            • The Hut Group raises £14 million
                                                                                                                                                                              • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • WH Smith profits up 2%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Blacks Leisure posts FY results
                                                                                                                                                                                      • JD Sports posts profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct enjoys strong results
                                                                                                                                                                                          • VF Corporation buys Blacks stake
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dobbies FY LFLs increase 6.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carphone Warehouse records solid results
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Video games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Game Group profits slump 28%
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music and DVD retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • HMV LFLs down 13.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • London LFLs up 9.9% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ONS: Retail sales up in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Scottish retail sales up 0.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK retail sales down in April, says BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK retail sales up 6.6% in March

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • All Saints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Buy Buy Baby Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cancer Research UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Dobbies Garden Centres plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Envy Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Faith Footwear Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • First Quench Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Grattan Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ladbrokes Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Office of Fair Trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • One Stop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Otto Group (Multichannel Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Phase Eight Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Punch Taverns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Reiss Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • River Island Clothing Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Safeway Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Hut Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Marvellous Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The North Face Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Original Factory Shop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • VF Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Wm Morrison Supermarkets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UK Retail Briefing - May 2010

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