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UK Retail Briefing - November 2013

Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month’s focus is on Electrical Goods retailing.

This sector focus includes:

  • Extracts from Mintel’s exclusive monthly Consumer Tracker survey on domestic appliance and electrical equipment purchasing activity, September 2013
  • Consumer confidence indicator, July 2011-September 2013
  • Retail sales, 2008-2013
  • Analysis of the key retailers, both specialists and non-specialists.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Christmas is coming
      • M&S
        • Problems in womenswear
          • Lack of hard data
            • Sceptics
              • Time
              • Retail Sales Background and Outlook

                • Key points
                  • Retail sales trends
                    • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2012-13
                  • BRC data for July
                    • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2012-13
                  • John Lewis
                    • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2012-13
                  • Inflation and wages
                    • Figure 4: The income squeeze: Wages growth vs inflation, 2008-13
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2012-13
                  • Looking forward
                  • Sector Focus – Electrical Goods Retailing

                      • Executive summary
                        • Mintel’s Tracker
                          • Demand for appliances recovering
                            • Figure 6: The consumer: Trends in activities done and consider to do, October 2012-September 2013
                          • But demand for home electronics remains weak
                            • Figure 7: The consumer: Trends in what extra money is spent on – percentage opting for ‘Home electronics/home entertainment systems’, November 2009-September 2013
                            • Figure 8: The consumer: Proportion of consumers saying they are better off/worse off compared to one year ago, July 2011-September 2013
                          • Specialists’ sales: Comet’s demise causes a slump
                              • Figure 9: Retail sales (incl. VAT), 2008-13
                            • Consumer spending remains weak across most categories
                              • Figure 10: Consumer spending (incl. VAT), 2008-13
                              • Figure 11: Annual growth in spending on electricals versus annual growth in specialists sector sales, 2008-13
                            • So who has gained from the closure of Comet?
                              • Figure 12: Selected retailers estimated gains of Comet’s annual sales, 2013
                            • Dixons Retail (Currys-PC World)
                              • Argos
                                • John Lewis
                                  • Euronics
                                    • Online/home shopping specialists
                                      • Supermarkets
                                      • Headlines for the Month

                                        • Grocers
                                          • Off-licences
                                            • Clothing retailing
                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                • Mixed goods retailing
                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                    • Department stores
                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                        • Music and video goods retailing
                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                            • Home shopping
                                                              • Economy
                                                              • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                                • Grocers
                                                                  • Aldi UK profits double
                                                                    • Asda to open Barclays banks in store
                                                                      • Grocery share figures positive for discounters
                                                                        • Lidl’s first TV advert
                                                                          • Marks & Spencer to expand Simply Food stores
                                                                            • Morrisons sees like-for-like sales dip
                                                                              • Sainsbury’s
                                                                                • …challenges ASA ruling
                                                                                  • …to open new dark store
                                                                                    • UK: Subway in tie-up with Asda
                                                                                      • Tesco
                                                                                        • …installs digital advertising screens
                                                                                          • …profits from sale of Grand Theft Auto V
                                                                                            • …to give 7 million meals to charity
                                                                                              • Waitrose
                                                                                                • …launches vulnerable people initiative
                                                                                                  • …targets triple sales figures
                                                                                                    • Off-licences
                                                                                                      • Conviviality reports improved first half
                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Non Food

                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                          • Barbour to open motorbike themed London store
                                                                                                            • Bolongaro Trevor seeks investment
                                                                                                              • Bonmarche to return to stock market
                                                                                                                • Bosideng buys Greenwoods
                                                                                                                  • Burberry Chief executive leaves for Apple
                                                                                                                    • J Crew opens first UK store
                                                                                                                      • Jack & Jones launches new store concept in the UK
                                                                                                                        • Jack Wills names new chief executive
                                                                                                                          • Jaeger outlines five-year strategy
                                                                                                                            • Joules receives investment for expansion
                                                                                                                              • Matalan issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                • Next
                                                                                                                                  • …adds café Patisserie Valerie to its stores
                                                                                                                                    • …posts positive third quarter figures
                                                                                                                                      • Primark
                                                                                                                                        • …profits soar
                                                                                                                                          • …to expand store at east end of Oxford Street
                                                                                                                                            • …to remain offline
                                                                                                                                              • Ted Baker launches new ecommerce site
                                                                                                                                                • Uniqlo to expand into Manchester
                                                                                                                                                  • Whistles announces launch of menswear
                                                                                                                                                    • Yr Store launched in Topman
                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • Barratts on verge of collapse
                                                                                                                                                          • Clarks Kids launched on Amazon
                                                                                                                                                            • Nicholas Kirkwood opens pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                              • Russell & Bromley profits decline
                                                                                                                                                                • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • 99p Stores plans transactional website
                                                                                                                                                                    • B&M considers float
                                                                                                                                                                      • Home Bargains to open new stores
                                                                                                                                                                        • Poundland reduces prices in Ipswich
                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                            • Argos launches own-brand tablet
                                                                                                                                                                              • Home Retail sees profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                • M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reveals shareholder
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …slows decline in clothing market share
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sees departure of womenswear executive
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sees profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                            • BHS targeted by billionaire Christo Wiese
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …opens online box office
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …unveils size 16 mannequins
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Harrods
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …chief merchant role split in two
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sees full-year profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …books entire advert break for Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches loyalty scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …opens Islington pop-up store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …uncovers customer shopping habits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Selfridges owner bids for Arnotts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • B&Q CEO to lead UK business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kingfisher Group to employ airline-style pricing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Travis Perkins witnesses positive sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Richer Sounds sees profits improve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Apple removes HMV app from iTunes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blockbuster in administration again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • HMV kicks off digital strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DFS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …acquires Sofa Workshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees record full-year profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Range launches Christmas advert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon seeks partnership with HTC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …boss gives £2.8 million to staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sees profits rise following investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kering invests in La Redoute ahead of sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Nisa and 99p Stores enter direct supply trial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shop Direct reveals pre-tax profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …contactless payments available in all stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …increases multichannel offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Card Factory profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Paperchase posts positive results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Works launches loyalty scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • WHSmith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reveals profits above expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …shuts down its website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …faces possibility of legal action over zero-hours contracts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees profits increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Toys R Us opens Silverburn pop-up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • New Outlet village to open in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Halfords sees first-half profits climb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mothercare like-for-likes down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ONS reports strong September retail figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Retail sales rise in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Retail sales slow in October 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 99p Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Advertising Standards Authority
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Arnotts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • B&M Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • B&Q (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bargain Booze Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Barnes & Noble (bookstores)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Barratts Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bestseller
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blockbuster Entertainment Ltd (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bluewater Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boots UK health & beauty retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Brown Thomas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • C&J Clark Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Confederation of British Industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Credit Suisse Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Deutsche Bank AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Early Learning Centre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Gucci Group N.V.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HMV Media Group (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hornbach Baumarkt (Germany)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • House of Fraser Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HTC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ITV plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • J. Crew Group, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jack Wills Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Koctas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • La Redoute (pre 20xx)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer (UK food)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer (UK) clothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • MasterCard UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ModelZone Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Morrisons M Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Directory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Nike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ocado Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Paperchase Products Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Printemps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • PUMA AG Rudolf Dassler Sport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • R Barbour & Sons Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Reuters Group PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Richer Sounds Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Russell & Bromley Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sainsbury's Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Subway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • TalkTalk Telecom Ltd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Target (Coles Myer)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Sofa Workshop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Works Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tile Giant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • TJ Morris Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topman old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topshop old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys R Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ulster Bank Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Uniqlo UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Visa Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Vodafone Group Plc (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Walgreen Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wembley National Stadium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Whistles Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wickes Building Supplies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Yves Saint Laurent

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