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UK Retail Briefing - November 2014

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 looks at:

  • Trends in spending for the category
  • Retail sales performance in the category
  • The performance of the major players.

We also include an Analyst's Comment looking at out-of-town retailing.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Online and out-of-town
      • The income squeeze over?
        • Major out-of-town failures
          • What is an out-of-town store?
            • Replacements
              • B&M
                • Time for another clear out
                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                  • Key points
                    • Retail sales trends
                      • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2013-14
                      • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2013-14
                    • John Lewis
                      • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2014
                    • Inflation and wages
                      • Figure 4: The income squeeze: Wages growth vs inflation, 2009-14
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2013-14
                    • Looking forward
                    • Sector Focus: Electrical Goods Retailing

                        • Executive summary
                          • 2014 is a year of big-ticket growth
                            • Figure 6: Segmentation of spending on electrical/electronic goods, 2013
                            • Figure 7: Year-on-year growth in consumer spending, by category, Q1 and Q2 2014
                          • Specialists sales recover in 2014
                              • Figure 8: Retail sales (including VAT), 2009-14
                            • Focusing on audio-visual
                                • Figure 9: Consumer spending on audio-visual products (including VAT), 2009-13
                                • Figure 10: The consumer: What extra money is spent on – home electronics/home entertainment systems, January 2013-October 2014
                              • Market shares
                                • Figure 11: Market shares: Leading specialist and non-specialist retailers, 2012 and 2013
                              • The Dixons-Carphone merger
                              • Headlines for the Month

                                • Convenience stores
                                  • Grocers
                                    • Clothing retailing
                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                        • DIY retailing
                                          • Music, game and photography retailing
                                            • Home and furniture retailing
                                              • Home shopping
                                              • News Analysis: Food and Drink

                                                • Co-ops
                                                  • UK: Co-operative
                                                    • …launches campaign to reduce food waste
                                                      • …recruits new regional acquisitions manager
                                                        • Convenience stores
                                                          • UK: Booker Group revenues lift 1.9%
                                                            • UK: Musgrave to jettison worst-performing Londis stores
                                                              • UK: Nisa own brand sales increase 53%
                                                                • Grocers
                                                                  • UK: Aldi launches organic range
                                                                    • UK: Asda faces legal battle over equal pay
                                                                      • UK: Booths plans store openings as profits rise
                                                                        • UK: Lidl launches menswear range
                                                                          • UK: Morrisons
                                                                            • …increases prices on ‘I’m Cheaper’ lines
                                                                              • …Q3 sales fall 3.6%
                                                                                • …to open three test ‘lab’ stores
                                                                                  • UK: Netto returns to Leeds
                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                      • …announces partnership with footballer Daniel Sturridge
                                                                                        • …halves Nectar reward points
                                                                                          • …to cut back on store openings
                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                              • …Company Secretary Jonathon Lloyd resigns
                                                                                                • …considers possible replacements for Chairman Richard Broadbent
                                                                                                  • …looking to spin off banking arm
                                                                                                    • …profits fall by 91.9%
                                                                                                      • …suspends three more executives
                                                                                                        • …to be investigated by the Serious Fraud Office
                                                                                                          • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                            • …sales rise 6.8%, Kantar data shows
                                                                                                              • …to stock Anya Hindmarch-designed cereal boxes
                                                                                                                • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                  • UK: Thorntons Q1 sales down 11.9%
                                                                                                                    • Home shopping
                                                                                                                      • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                        • …launches Scan & Shop app
                                                                                                                          • …partners with Channel 4 for cookery programme
                                                                                                                            • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                              • …appoints Director of eCommerce
                                                                                                                                • …Cellar now available for click and collect
                                                                                                                                  • …click-and-collect locker trial begins
                                                                                                                                    • …to launch Hiku home scanner
                                                                                                                                      • Economy
                                                                                                                                        • UK: ONS say UK retail sales grow 1.3% in September
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shop price deflation increases to 1.9%
                                                                                                                                            • UK: UK retail sales down 2.1% in September, according to BRC
                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis: Non-Food

                                                                                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                                • UK: All Saints halves pre-tax losses
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Burberry revenues reach £1.1bn
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mulberry retail sales fall by 9%
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next sales grow 5.4% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Primark profits increase 29%
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                            • …appoints Euan Sutherland as chief executive
                                                                                                                                                              • …warns on profits
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Topshop launches streetwear brand with Beyoncé
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Whistles sales up 15%
                                                                                                                                                                    • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Foot Locker CEO Ken Hicks retires
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kurt Geiger sales up 13%
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Moda in Pelle receives £3.5m to fund growth
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Office owners consider sale
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Schuh sales and profits drop
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shoe Zone expects revenues of £172.5m
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: 99p stores sales grow 8.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches £10m marketing campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …launches interactive game on station screens
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Bargains turnover increases 21%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Home Retail Group posts sales growth of 3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Marks & Spencer UK sales up 1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Original Factory Shop sees profits fall by £6m
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: WH Smith revenues down 2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Wilko to make head office job cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams sales grow 1.7% but profits dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Harrods posts 11% rise in revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: House of Fraser to release television campaign this Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis opens first dedicated in-store opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Liberty launches loyalty app with iBeacon technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Morleys Stores acquires Camp Hopson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Selfridges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …announces record profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …launches HC LuxSpa space in store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: B&Q focuses on digital offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Homebase and UKTV Gold team up for Christmas campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Music, game and photography retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …appeal against rent ruling rejected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sales surge 31%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jessops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …opens a new 'immersive experience' flagship store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Photobox acquires Spanish equivalent Hofmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Richer Sounds profits grow by 14%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Science Museum to open pop-up shop in Bluewater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …announce the retirement of Lord Harris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …UK sales up 5.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home and furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ikea UK sales increase 11.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Lords of Notting Hill buys London hardware store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Pets at Home grows revenues by 10.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Primary Capital exploring Paperchase sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Robert Dyas to launch first ever TV ad campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Travis Perkins posts sales growth of 6.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wolseley considers Better Bathrooms bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches same-day delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …predicting a record number of Black Friday shoppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to recruit 13,000 workers this Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: ASOS profits fall 14%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boohoo.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches pop-up shop in New York
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sales up 31%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Etsy to open pop-up store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Jigsaw appoints head of online trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: John Lewis opens first click and commute store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mulberry launches click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundshop.com merges with Hereforapound.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Rakuten launches UK website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …appoints Gareth Jones as Deputy Chief Executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …bets big on Black Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sales growth driven by Very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Wiggle revenues increase 19%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Clinique opens interactive pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Chain Reaction Cycles' profits rise to £4.8m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Go Outdoors sales grow to £172m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Halfords half-year sales up 6.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct forced to clarify ‘zero-hour’ contracts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ONS say UK retail sales grow 1.3% in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop price deflation increases to 1.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: UK retail sales down 2.1% in September, according to BRC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • All Saints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • B&Q (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Bathstore.com Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Blinkbox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Booker Cash & Carry Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Camp Hopson & Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Carpetright UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • David Lloyd Leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Debenhams UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Etsy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Eurostar UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Footlocker Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Go Outdoors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hammerson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jigsaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kurt Geiger Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Land Securities Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Liberty Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Londis (Holdings) Ltd - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Luxottica Retail UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marks & Spencer (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mitchells & Butlers Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Morleys Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mulberry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Musgrave UK - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Nectar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Next Directory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Office Holdings Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Paperchase Products Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Premier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Richer Sounds Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Robert Dyas Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Schuh Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shoe Zone Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Smiths News Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Jessops Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Original Factory Shop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tile Giant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Toolstation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Topshop old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Whistles Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wickes Building Supplies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wolseley plc

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