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UK Retail Briefing - October 2012

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

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  1. Analyst Comment

    • Christmas comes but once a year
      • Figure 1: Retail sales, 2003-11
      • Figure 2: Sales in December as % annual average, 2003-11
    • So what about 2012?
        • Figure 3: How consumers feel about their finances, Feb 2009-Aug 2012
      • We are optimistic for this Christmas
        • 2013 – more of the same
        • Headlines for the Month

          • Grocers
            • Other food specialists
              • Clothing retailing
                • Department stores
                  • Music and video retailing
                    • Footwear retailing
                      • Mixed goods retailing
                        • DIY retailing
                          • Home shopping
                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                              • Toys and games retailing
                                • Economy
                                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                  • Key points
                                    • Retail sales trends
                                      • Figure 4: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                    • BRC data for August
                                      • Figure 5: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2010-12
                                    • John Lewis
                                      • Figure 6: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2011-12
                                    • Inflation and wages
                                      • Figure 7: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2008-12
                                    • Inflation
                                      • Figure 8: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2011-12
                                    • Looking forward
                                    • Sector Focus – Mixed Goods/Department Stores

                                        • Mintel’s Tracker survey
                                          • Figure 9: Mintel Tracker: Trends in what extra money is spent on, Aug 2010-Aug 2012
                                          • Figure 10: Mintel Tracker: Trends in what extra money is spent on, Nov 2009-Aug 2012
                                        • Retail sales and consumer spending
                                          • Figure 11: Retail sales, 2007-12
                                          • Figure 12: Consumer spending (incl VAT), 2007-12
                                        • Leading retailers
                                          • The department stores
                                              • Figure 13: Leading department stores, 2010-11
                                            • The mixed goods retailers
                                              • Figure 14: Leading mixed goods retailers, 2010-11
                                          • News Analysis

                                            • Convenience stores
                                              • Asda a possible candidate for Costcutter alliance
                                                • Co-op invests £7 million in David Sands store conversion plan
                                                  • Waitrose to revamp convenience stores
                                                    • Grocers
                                                      • Aldi reports 450% boost in operating profit
                                                        • Asda
                                                          • …faces system error with Price Guarantee Scheme
                                                            • …reports 6% rise in profits for 2011
                                                              • …to launch click-and-collect service
                                                                • Booths eyes expansion
                                                                  • Morrisons
                                                                    • … appoints new managing director for M Local format
                                                                      • …prepares for online launch
                                                                        • …to launch clothing range
                                                                          • Sainsbury's
                                                                            • … Q2 like-for-likes boosted by Paralympic sponsorship
                                                                              • …to introduce minimum basket spend online
                                                                                • Tesco
                                                                                  • … appoints new group technical director
                                                                                    • …has a long way to go, but overhaul is underway
                                                                                      • …launches first all-LED store
                                                                                        • …reports 11.6% fall in profits
                                                                                          • …secures planning consent for Norfolk store
                                                                                            • …to lead digital revolution
                                                                                              • Waitrose grabs highest grocery market share in its history
                                                                                                • Off-licences
                                                                                                  • Bargain Booze reports 7.7% decline in pre-tax profits
                                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                                      • Holland and Barrett expands omnichannel outlets
                                                                                                        • Thorntons
                                                                                                          • … reports 1.7% decline in like-for-like sales
                                                                                                            • …reports fall in sales and pre-tax profit
                                                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                • All Saints
                                                                                                                  • …appoints Burberry vice president as new chief executive
                                                                                                                    • …chairman exits business
                                                                                                                      • Armani Group take control of UK operations
                                                                                                                        • Burberry reports sales slowdown
                                                                                                                          • Coast opens new flagship store in Manchester
                                                                                                                            • East reports dramatic fall in pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                              • French Connection reports pre-tax loss of £6.3 million
                                                                                                                                • G-Star in line for Regent Street store
                                                                                                                                  • Jack Wills sees sales figures rise
                                                                                                                                    • Jacques Vert appoints former John Lewis director as group trading director
                                                                                                                                      • Jane Norman to open new store
                                                                                                                                        • Karen Millen appoints two new retail directors
                                                                                                                                          • Matalan to create 5,000 Christmas jobs
                                                                                                                                            • Mini Velvet opens 12th standalone store
                                                                                                                                              • Moss Bros profits stabilise
                                                                                                                                                • New Look reports 30% rise in profits
                                                                                                                                                  • Next reports first half results
                                                                                                                                                    • Primark
                                                                                                                                                      • … opens new store on London’s Tottenham Court Road
                                                                                                                                                        • …reports 17% boost in sales
                                                                                                                                                          • Reiss introduces WiFi and iPads to its store
                                                                                                                                                            • River Island
                                                                                                                                                              • … reports 25% fall in pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                                                                • …set to launch accessories range designed by bloggers
                                                                                                                                                                  • Stella McCartney sees profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                    • SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                      • … reports 1.7% increase in Q1 like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                        • …shareholders rebel
                                                                                                                                                                          • Ted Baker reports 10.4% profit boost
                                                                                                                                                                            • Thomas Pink introduces one-touch technology
                                                                                                                                                                              • Zara’s UK profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Allders to close
                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                      • … reports 60% rise in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …and M&S to open at new development in York
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                            • … opens new store in Chesterfield
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …appoints Google’s head of retail as non-executive director
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports profit growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to increase floor space at Westfield Bradford store
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Harvey Nichols to open Christmas pop-up at Merry Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • House of Fraser reports 1.7% rise in H1 like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music and video retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • HMV sales continue to fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Brantano reports £3.7 million pre-tax loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hotter Shoes ramps up store opening schedule
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jones Group appoints president of global footwear and accessories
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kurt Geiger sees earnings edge up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • LK Bennett appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Schuh to launch kids' brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Bluewater reports 6.6% rise in sales in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Westfield Stratford City attracts 47 million visitors in first year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Westfield submits plans for £1 billion redevelopment of Croydon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Whitely Shopping Centre attracts new tenants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Argos reports rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • B&M
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … goes up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …seeks European expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … opens new distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to create 2,000 jobs over the Christmas period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Laura Ashley reports sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … to create 1,000 jobs with new distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to create 20,000 temporary Christmas jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to open 12 more bank branches by the end of 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • B&Q
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to make 15% of head office staff redundant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Kingfisher announces interim results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topps Tiles expected to meet profit target
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dixons to close Dixons.co.uk business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Maplin appoints new commercial director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • United Carpets bought in pre-pack administration deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Lakeland reports fall in profit but rise in turnover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Amazon to hire 10,000 Christmas staff at UK packing centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … appoints new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …hires former M&S retail chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sales increase 15%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boden hit by cotton price increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ebay partners with Nectar for customer loyalty programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Findel reports 7.9% boost in group sales in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … launches DIY and car care lines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …increases focus on price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports 10% rise in Q3 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Profits climb at Abel & Cole as sale speculation mounts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Hut reports 54% increase in sales in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Alliance Boots to acquire 12% stake in Chinese pharmaceutical company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Body Shop in takeover talks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Clintons’ owner receives bid to take company private
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Paperchase opens first airport store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • WH Smith offers free WiFi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Decathlon rules out bid for JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports reports 85% fall in H1 profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … acquires new bidder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …calls in administrators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …expected to be acquired by Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jon Moulton pulls out of the race to buy JJB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sport Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … deal for JJB stores now imminent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …closes in on JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … acquires 20 JJB Sports stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …undercuts stockists’ prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Claire's Accessories suffers as demand decreases
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Charity shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Oxfam trials new store design concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Optical Express subsidiary falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Game to lose Gamestation fascia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hamleys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … acquired by Groupe Ludendo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to open first store in Wales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Go Outdoors’ chief executive takes up product-focused role
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Countrywide invests £2 million in lowering prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports boost in Q2 revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kiddicare unveils £200m sales vision
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mothercare appoints new director of retail operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BRC: September like-for-like retail sales up 1.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Consumer spending increases by 3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Inflation rate slows to 2.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • London’s Luxury sector grows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ONS: Olympic Games cause 0.2% decline in retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Retail sales growth halved after Lehnman Brothers collapse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Retail sales growth set to remain stagnant for 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sunday trading reform losing momentum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK consumers slow to adopt aps for purchases
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Retailers launch pop-up shops

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UK Retail Briefing - October 2012

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