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UK Retail Briefing - October 2009

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • GIVe
      • Unrivalled track record
        • Innovative
          • Hardly the best time for a launch
            • Targeting the older woman
              • Will GIVe succeed?
                • Yes it should
                • Headlines for the Month

                  • Food retailers
                    • Clothing retailers
                      • Department stores
                        • Home shopping
                          • Sports goods
                            • Furniture retailers
                              • Electricals retailers
                              • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                  • Retail sales trends
                                    • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                  • Early indications for July
                                    • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2007-09
                                    • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2008-09
                                  • Inflation and wages
                                    • Figure 4: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2007-09
                                  • The RPI stable
                                    • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
                                  • Looking forward
                                  • Sector Focus – Mixed Goods

                                      • Sales trends
                                        • Figure 6: Mixed goods retailers, sales trends, 1999-2009
                                        • Figure 7: Mixed goods retailers relative to all retail sales, 1999-2009
                                      • Retail price inflation
                                        • Consumer expenditure
                                          • Figure 8: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories (£m), 2004-08
                                        • Leading retailers
                                          • Figure 9: Mixed goods retailers – Leading players, 2007/08-2008/09
                                      • Executive Appointments and Advertising News

                                          • Executive appointments
                                            • Aurora names new CEO
                                              • Primark chief steps down
                                                • Sainsbury's appoints Tyler as new chairman
                                                  • Shop Direct appoints finance chief
                                                    • Advertising news
                                                      • New campaigns
                                                        • Comet boost search activity
                                                          • Habitat in European brand campaign
                                                            • M&S Money campaign
                                                              • M&S in credit club promotion
                                                                • Morrisons sponsors farm show on ITV
                                                                  • Shop Direct to promote Woolies profile
                                                                    • Topman in social media push
                                                                      • Accounts gains and losses
                                                                        • Burberry calls pitch for global media business
                                                                          • HMV appoints Retail Eyes
                                                                          • The Month in UK Retailing

                                                                              • Bakers (retail)
                                                                                • Thorntons enjoys revenue increase
                                                                                  • Co-ops (retail)
                                                                                    • Co-op posts H1 profit increase
                                                                                      • Grocers
                                                                                        • Asda launches Asian clothing range
                                                                                          • Sainsbury’s
                                                                                            • …launches financial services campaign
                                                                                              • …launches new loyalty scheme
                                                                                                • ...posts solid results
                                                                                                  • Spar LFLs rise 5.2%
                                                                                                    • Tesco
                                                                                                      • …seals partnership with Fortis
                                                                                                        • …prepares for website relaunch
                                                                                                          • …profits climb up in H1
                                                                                                            • …Clubcard goes international
                                                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                • Adili to open high street stores
                                                                                                                  • Alexon posts pre-tax loss
                                                                                                                    • Ann Summers eyes larger share of lingerie market
                                                                                                                      • Aurora Fashions enjoys "strong first half"
                                                                                                                        • French Connection
                                                                                                                          • …to withdraw from Japan
                                                                                                                            • …losses more than double
                                                                                                                              • Jacques Vert reveals LFLs drop
                                                                                                                                • Moss Bros suffers £3 million loss
                                                                                                                                  • New Look mulls flotation plan
                                                                                                                                    • Next profits up 6.9%
                                                                                                                                      • Original Factory Shop sales and profits up
                                                                                                                                        • Ted Baker pre-tax profits down 18.4%
                                                                                                                                          • Zara
                                                                                                                                            • …prepares for online move
                                                                                                                                              • …hit by Inditex expansion
                                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • M&S
                                                                                                                                                    • …reports sales improvement
                                                                                                                                                      • …ramps up overseas delivery service
                                                                                                                                                        • …to unveil overhauled website
                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                            • Debenhams LFLs down 3.8%
                                                                                                                                                              • John Lewis relaunches fashion website
                                                                                                                                                                • John Lewis Partnership suffers profit drop
                                                                                                                                                                  • TJ Hughes records 9.1% sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • B&Q launches £20 million price offensive
                                                                                                                                                                        • Kingfisher records 35% H1 profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                          • Robert Dyas
                                                                                                                                                                            • …names new chairman, concludes debt deal
                                                                                                                                                                              • …posts £10 million loss
                                                                                                                                                                                • Topps Tiles optimistic over FY results
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon launches standalone footwear site
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Asos sales boosted by overseas growth
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boden ponders major European expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Findel LFLs slide 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ideal Shopping Direct posts flat losses
                                                                                                                                                                                              • N Brown posts 13% profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Shop Direct Group enjoys 7.4% sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Blacks Leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to breach banking loan terms
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …calls administrators to O’Neill stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …considers CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • JD Sports profit up 14.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces £100 million rights issue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …losses increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Halfords Q2 LFLs up 2.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pets at Home explores IPO potential
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Burberry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to launch social network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …enjoys revenue boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dobbies sees FY profits plunge 80%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Housewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …founder sells 8% stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales improve in second half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture Village sees FY profits slump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Video and computer games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Game profits down 67%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Photographic retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jessops unveils survival plan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Adili.com Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Allied Floors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Allied Irish Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ann Summers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Apax Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • AXA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Barclaycard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Birthdays Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blacks Outdoor Division Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cazenove Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Chausport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Direct Line Group Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dobbies Garden Centres plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Experian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Facebook, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Flickr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fortis Insurance Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fresh & Easy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Friends Provident plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture Village Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • GUS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HJ Heinz Company UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HSBC Holdings plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hugo Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ideal Shopping Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jacques Vert Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports - Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JP Boden & Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Karen Millen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kurt Geiger Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • MediaCom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Nectar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • O'Neill, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Oasis Fashions Ltd - UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Permira Advisers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pets at Home Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Procter & Gamble UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pull & Bear UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Reckitt Benckiser plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Robert Dyas Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Spar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Personal Finance Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Jessops Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Original Factory Shop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • TJ Hughes Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topman old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Twitter, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Unilever Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Woolworths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • YouTube, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Zara Home (Spain)

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