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UK Retail Briefing - November 2011

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Christmas trading 2011: It will be a lot better than we feared
      • Key findings
        • So what about Christmas?
            • Figure 1: Spending and spending intentions, July-Oct 2011
            • Figure 2: Retail sales (excluding fuel) year on year growth, 2010-11
          • What does it mean?
            • Online growing
              • Implications for retailers
                • And 2012
                • Headlines for the Month

                  • Grocers
                    • Clothing retailers
                      • Footwear retailing
                        • Multi-sector retailing
                          • Mixed goods retailing
                            • Miscellaneous specialists
                              • Department stores
                                • DIY retailing
                                  • Electricals retailing
                                    • Music and video goods retailing
                                      • Furniture retailing
                                        • Home shopping
                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                            • Books and stationery retailing
                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                • Toys and games retailing
                                                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                                  • Key points
                                                    • Retail sales trends
                                                        • Figure 3: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                                      • The BRC data for October
                                                        • Figure 4: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2010-11
                                                      • John Lewis
                                                        • Figure 5: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2010-11
                                                      • Inflation and wages
                                                        • Figure 6: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2008-11
                                                      • Inflation remains uncomfortably high
                                                        • Figure 7: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2010-11
                                                      • Looking forward
                                                      • Sector Analysis – Electricals Specialists

                                                          • Mintel’s Tracker Survey
                                                            • Figure 8: Mintel Tracker: Trends in what extra money is spent on, Nov 2011-Oct 2011
                                                            • Figure 9: Mintel Tracker: Trends in activities done and consider to do, Jul-Oct 2011
                                                          • Retail sector relatives
                                                            • Figure 10: Electricals specialists’ sales as % of all retail sales, 2006-10
                                                            • Figure 11: Electricals specialists’ sales as % of consumer spending on electrical goods, 2006-10
                                                          • Retail sales data
                                                            • Figure 12: Electricals specialists sales at current prices, 2006-11
                                                            • Figure 13: Electricals specialists year-on-year sales growth (current prices), Q1 2010-Q3 2011
                                                            • Figure 14: Electricals specialists year-on-year sales growth (constant prices), Q1 2010-Q3 2011
                                                          • Consumer prices inflation
                                                            • Figure 15: Annual average consumer prices inflation, selected categories, 2001-10
                                                            • Figure 16: Consumer prices inflation in selected electricals categories, Nov 2010-Oct 2011
                                                          • Consumer expenditure
                                                            • Figure 17: UK: Consumer spending on goods, by major category, 2006-10
                                                            • Figure 18: UK: Year-on-year growth in consumer spending, selected categories, 2010-11
                                                          • Electricals specialists: Leading operators
                                                            • Figure 19: UK: Leading electricals specialists, 2009/10-2010/11
                                                        • News Analysis

                                                          • Grocers
                                                            • Morrisons, Waitrose and the discounters lead market share rises
                                                              • Asda and Morrisons cut pricing as grocery war continues
                                                                • Asda Income Tracker: Families £15 a week worse off in September
                                                                  • Asda
                                                                    • …£5 'thank you' offer hailed success
                                                                      • …outperforms market for first time since 2009
                                                                        • …partners Farmfoods for Iceland bid
                                                                          • …partners with cookery school Leiths
                                                                            • …price war to target Argos next
                                                                              • …reviews the future of four Living stores
                                                                                • Booths
                                                                                  • …eyes 10 new stores in Northwest
                                                                                    • …reveals flat sales
                                                                                      • Iceland
                                                                                        • …bids fall short of asking price
                                                                                          • …chief in talks with Blackstone over bid
                                                                                            • Morrisons
                                                                                              • …ad banned for encouraging pester power
                                                                                                • …like-for-likes rise 2.4%
                                                                                                  • …uses pop-up restaurant to trial M Kitchen range
                                                                                                    • Sainsbury's
                                                                                                      • …acquires online entertainment business
                                                                                                        • …launches 20 by 20 scheme
                                                                                                          • …profits rise
                                                                                                            • …reveals paralympics branding
                                                                                                              • …to extend Brand Match across UK
                                                                                                                • Tesco
                                                                                                                  • …Big Price Drop claimed to be misleading
                                                                                                                    • …former boss returns with bid for supplier
                                                                                                                      • …incurs the wrath of hairdressers
                                                                                                                        • …launches in-store beauty boutiques
                                                                                                                          • …launches second Big Clubcard Voucher Exchange
                                                                                                                            • …to launch beauty offer online
                                                                                                                              • The Co-op reportedly plans to launch online
                                                                                                                                • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                  • …introduces loyalty card
                                                                                                                                    • …to install self-service in stores
                                                                                                                                      • Food specialists
                                                                                                                                        • Greggs to trial motorway services
                                                                                                                                          • Thorntons FD to leave company
                                                                                                                                            • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                              • Adnams increases retail offering with 2 new stores
                                                                                                                                                • Oddbins plots comeback strategy
                                                                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • Alexon to rebrand as Irisa Group
                                                                                                                                                      • All Saints full year profits fall
                                                                                                                                                        • Aurora launches first multi-brand international website
                                                                                                                                                          • Austin Reed sees losses widen
                                                                                                                                                            • Bastyan to open in West End
                                                                                                                                                              • Bonmarché to expand internationally
                                                                                                                                                                • Burberry sales up 30%
                                                                                                                                                                  • H&M brands Monki and Cheap Monday open first UK standalones
                                                                                                                                                                    • Hobbs profits rise on record sales
                                                                                                                                                                      • Jack Wills sees profits rise as it focuses on US expansion
                                                                                                                                                                        • Jaeger launches first menswear standalone store
                                                                                                                                                                          • Karen Millen to expand in China
                                                                                                                                                                            • La Senza to open four stores in October
                                                                                                                                                                              • M&Co builds wind turbine to power stores
                                                                                                                                                                                • Matalan
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …downgraded
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …remains cautious after falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Next Directory Q3 sales offset weak store sales
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Primark
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …launches in Selfridges
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches new flagship in Metrocentre
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …profits fall 8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                • River Island
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches international shipping
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to open first accessories-only store
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • SuperGroup sales slow with warehouse glitch
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topshop to launch mobile site as mobile sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • USC puts third of stores up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Clarks' profits fall due to rising costs and promos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jones plans click and collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kurt Geiger reports rising EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Marks & Spencer launch French site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer half-year profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home Retail profits dragged down by Argos again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches kidswear range with Emma Bunton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches TV shopping on Freesat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 99p Stores reopens former Hub store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …-owner eyes Nordic counterpart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …profit up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Poundstretcher sees profit after six years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Wilkinson launch premium range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home Bargain profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Halfords profits fall 20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jollyes profits up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kiddicare plans superstore roll-out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The White Company opens its first travel shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mothercare chief executive to leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …acquires Bhs managing director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches its first catalogue to drive online sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …profits rise 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fenwick reports pre-tax profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Harrods passes £1bn sales barrier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • House of Fraser launches .com store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches £6m Christmas campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches 'Made in UK' product push
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …opts out of regeneration scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Liberty first half sales rise as it plans major revamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Robert Dyas sale put on hold until after Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Wickes like-for-likes fall 2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Best Buy UK to close big box stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • BrightHouse profits up 22%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …could see Peter Jones join as chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sold for £2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Richer Sounds beats high street squeeze
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Blockbuster UK reports falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Game launches new payment system
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpetright sales continue to fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • DFS profits rise 11.4% as sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Multiyork chairman and CEO to exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mydeco.com to launch transactional site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Range revamps website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …given go-ahead by OFT for Book Depository acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …Black Friday campaign is back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …half year profits up 66%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports slowing UK growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales affected by high street bargains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • BrandAlley reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Chain Reaction seeks out-of-town locations in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ebay predicts surge in m-commerce sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • N Brown reports rising profits but warns of consumer wariness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …profit margins 'could beat big four mults'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to launch savings pass card as shoppers look for bargains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • QVC opens pop-up in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …hires former Clarks finance director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …plans to launch Very overseas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sets up discount website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Wiggle to appoint UBS ahead of potential float
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Feelunique.com reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …considers acquisition of care firm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …first half sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lush considers London for biggest ever store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Clintons suffers profit loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …like-for-like fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports higher profits from travel performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Blacks like-for-likes fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JJB reports falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports Direct reports rising profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Watches of Switzerland launches transactional website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys R Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …prepares for Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sees profits fall at end of year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …calls on Chancellor to tackle 2012 business rates in pre-Budget statement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …October retail like-for-likes fall 0.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …retail sales improve marginally in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Consumer confidence falls in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Food prices in Britain rise by second most in EU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Inflation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …falls due to supermarket price wars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …rises to three-year high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Online grocery market to double in five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Online retail searches rise 35% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ONS: Retail sales rise 5.4% in value in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Scottish retail sales improve slightly in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Westfield Group plans third London shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Capital Shopping Centres warns of slow growth

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