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UK Retail Briefing - May 2012

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

    • The internet and the high street – working together
      • The multi-channel option
        • High street and online
          • When is an online sale an online sale?
            • The mobile red herring
              • The advantage of having stores
              • Headlines for the Month

                • Grocers
                  • Food specialists
                    • Clothing
                      • Multi-sector retailing
                        • Department stores
                          • Electrical goods retailing
                            • Music and video goods retailing
                              • Carpet retailing
                                • Home shopping
                                  • Health and beauty retailing
                                    • Books and stationery
                                    • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                      • Key points
                                        • Retail sales trends
                                          • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                        • The BRC data for April
                                          • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2010-12
                                        • John Lewis
                                          • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2011-12
                                        • 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 Analysis – Electricals Specialists

                                            • Mintel’s tracker survey
                                              • Figure 6: Mintel Tracker: Trends in activities done and consider to do, Jul 2011 – Apr 2012
                                              • Figure 7: Mintel Tracker: Agreement that extra money is spent on home electronics/home entertainment systems, Nov 2009-Mar 2012
                                            • Retail sector relatives
                                              • Figure 8: Source: Electrical goods specialists’ sales as % of all retail sales, 2007-11
                                              • Figure 9: Electrical goods specialists’ sales as % of consumer spending on electrical goods, 2007-11
                                            • Retail sales data
                                              • Figure 10: Electrical goods specialists’ sales, 2007-11
                                            • Consumer prices inflation
                                              • Figure 11: Harmonised indices of consumer prices: Annual % change, Jan 2010-Feb 2012
                                              • Figure 12: Harmonised indices of consumer prices: Annual % change, Mar 2011-Feb 2012
                                            • Consumer expenditure
                                              • Figure 13: Consumer spending on electrical goods, by major category, 2007-11
                                            • Electricals specialists: Leading operators
                                                • Figure 14: UK: Leading electrical goods specialists, 2010/11
                                            • News Analysis

                                              • Grocers
                                                • UK: Asda
                                                  • …considers Walmart 'pay cash' launch
                                                    • …launches new in-store stocking tactic and contactless payment
                                                      • UK: Iceland launches money-off coupon offer
                                                        • UK: Morrisons reports first quarter like-for-likes up
                                                          • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                            • …enters online music service battle
                                                              • …sees profits rise
                                                                • …to buy 18 Total petrol stations
                                                                  • UK: Tesco
                                                                    • …begins rivalry with Amazon as Clarke to unveil strategy this week
                                                                      • …group media director exits
                                                                        • …introduces £10 off voucher
                                                                          • …invest £1bn to overcome UK sales drop
                                                                            • …overhauls Clubcard scheme and trials electronic shelf pricing
                                                                              • …reviews advertising account
                                                                                • …to focus on smaller store formats
                                                                                  • …turnaround already facing problems with credit rating downgrade
                                                                                    • UK: The Co-operative trials contactless payment
                                                                                      • UK: The People's Supermarket sees losses narrow
                                                                                        • UK: Waitrose launches brand price match initiative
                                                                                          • Food specialists
                                                                                            • UK: Thorntons gets Easter like-for-like boost
                                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                • UK: Ann Summers launches new store format
                                                                                                  • UK: Aquascutum
                                                                                                    • …attracts 10 potential bidders
                                                                                                      • …attracts interest
                                                                                                        • …nears administration
                                                                                                          • …supplier prepares bid
                                                                                                            • …to be bought by YGM
                                                                                                              • …to close Corby plant
                                                                                                                • UK: Arcadia appoints new chief operating officer
                                                                                                                  • UK: Aurora’s non-executive president steps down
                                                                                                                    • UK: Bonmarché to launch collect-from-store service
                                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                        • …expansion plans after sales growth slows
                                                                                                                          • …reports rising half year sales
                                                                                                                            • UK: Burton extends overseas reach with international shipping
                                                                                                                              • UK: Forever 21 to expand Oxford Street flagship
                                                                                                                                • UK: French Connection plans to sell stores
                                                                                                                                  • UK: H&M to open in Aylesbury
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Hobbs considers sale and appoints PwC
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Irisa and Jacques Vert make redundancies
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jaeger
                                                                                                                                          • …acquired by Better Capital
                                                                                                                                            • …hires Better Capital to focus on the customer experience
                                                                                                                                              • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                • …close to deal on debt terms
                                                                                                                                                  • …plans store revamp and online business growth
                                                                                                                                                    • …to roll out new store concept
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next sales rise in first quarter
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Nougat to launch Project 40
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Oasis to welcome Frock and Frill concession
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Opening Ceremony to open in London
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Pretty Green partners with Universal to open virtual pop-up record stores
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Primark celebrates profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: River Island to introduce external womenswear brands
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                      • …issues surprise profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                        • …sales boosted, but like-for-likes are disappointing
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Temperley launches Somerset Collection in partnership with John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Topman to launch premium suiting collection
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Uniqlo
                                                                                                                                                                                • …hunts for flagship store in London
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports £9.7m losses
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Vivienne Westwood ends franchise partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Wonderbra launches ecommerce site
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shoon bought buy existing management
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: TOMS opens pop-up shop in Covent Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Home Retail Group posts profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches clothing recycling programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales hit by shortage of best-selling stock
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Halfords plans £6m growth investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …plans to exit a further 110 UK stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …new boss to drive online growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …finance director resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Robert Dyas eyed by R Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mixed goods retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundland opens 400th store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to widen revenue stream with advert selling scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …under review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …first half pre-tax profit better than expected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to open new store in Edinburgh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …adds London Olympic shops to stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …considers move into China
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches branded broadband service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …provides virtual fashion experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …revamped beauty hall set to launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Liberty to open pop-up shop in Westfield Stratford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Selfridges prepares to extend flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carphone Warehouse reports weak fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports like-for-like sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …travel outlets open at East Midlands and Gatwick North airports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …website crashes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Everything Everywhere plan to close 31 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Game's Iberian business bought by OpCapita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …gains market share following strong quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …issues another profit warning but hopes Game demise with help profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Allied Carpets acquired in pre-pack administration deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carpetright suffering decline in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dunelm reports rising like-for-like sales but remains cautious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Achica breaks even and aims for growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Amazon launches publishing venture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Asos reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: eBay Fashion launches colour matching app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Flying Brands to sell garden business as losses continue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JML shopping programme to debut on ITV1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: My-Wardrobe launches the Shoe Library
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: N Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports "robust" results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to launch click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Nelly.com launches in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …outsources customer service operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to cut 50 head office positions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …refreshed and extends pharmacy services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to close 160 photo labs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Feelunique.com celebrates 120% increase in EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Lush reports falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Clinton Cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …delays strategic review release
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to collapse today
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to launch 100 Kobo mini-stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports 3% rise in profit but like-for-likes fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Blacks chief executive to exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …profits down due to Black acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …seeks new acquisitions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: North Face fined £2.8m for price-fixing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sees rising spring sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …starts pricing war with JJB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Toys R Us prepares for £400m debt restructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Asda Income Tracker: Tightest spending since November 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: BRC: April showers lead to sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Capital Shopping Centres sees decrease in footfall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Government turns down permanently relaxed Sunday trading hours proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Kantar: Waitrose and discounters gain share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Land Securities to introduce wi-fi to all shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: March retail sales boosted by warmer weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Online sales rise driven by mobile devices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …inflation rise driven by food and clothing in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …retail sales rise in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Retail administrations up 15% in Q1 on 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Retail employment up 0.4%, driven by food retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Scottish retail sales up 1.8% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop price inflation falls to 1.3% as commodity prices fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: UK in double-dip recession

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • AB World Foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Allied Floors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • American Greetings Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ann Summers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Apax Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aquascutum Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bain Capital LLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Birthdays Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blacks Outdoor Division Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blackstone Group (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blinkbox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bluewater Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boots Healthcare Usa, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • British Fashion Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (BSkyB)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Burton old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Chausport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Checkland Kindleysides
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Clinton Cards Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Computer Warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Converse, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Debenhams (UK and Republic of Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Early Learning Centre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • eBay Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ernst & Young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Everything Everywhere Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fast Retailing Co. Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Feelunique.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fenn Wright & Manson Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figleaves Global Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Floors 2 go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Flying Brands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Forever 21 Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • GreenBee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • High and Mighty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hobbs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Interflora Flowers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ITV plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jacques Vert Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports - Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JML Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JPMorgan Invest LLC (BrownCo)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kenzo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lakeland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lakeside Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Land Securities Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Liberty Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Limited Brands Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Little Chef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • LOVEFiLM International Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lush Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • My-Wardrobe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Nielsen Media Research, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Oasis Fashions Ltd - UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Orange plc (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • OXFAM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Permira Advisers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Playtex Apparel Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • River Island Clothing Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Robert Dyas Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Serco Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shell (UK) Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shoon Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Starbucks Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sunspel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • T-Mobile (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Express (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The North Face Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The People's Supermarket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Thomas Pink
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Time Warner Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topman old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topshop old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Total UK / Rontec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys R Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Trafford Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Uniqlo UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Universal Music Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Visa Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Vivienne Westwood Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wm Morrison Supermarkets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UK Retail Briefing - May 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        US $382.00 (Excl.Tax)