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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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Abel & Cole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Abercrombie & Fitch Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Adidas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • All Saints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Allders Croydon Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • American Greetings Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ASOS (UK retail sales)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Automobile Association (AA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • B&M Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Barclays Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Bargain Booze Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Bluewater Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Boden UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Brantano (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • British Olympic Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Bullring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • C&J Clark Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Claire's Accessories
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Clinton Cards Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Coach, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Costcutter Supermarkets Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Countrywide Assured Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • David Sands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Debenhams (UK and Republic of Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dell Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Diesel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dixons Retail UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Draper Tools Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • East Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • eBay Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Emilio Pucci
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ernst & Young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Express Gifts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fat Face Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Firetrap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • First Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fitch London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Focus Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Food Standards Agency
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fresh & Easy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Gamestation Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • GE Consumer & Industrial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Giorgio Armani S.p.A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Go Outdoors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Gucci Group N.V.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hamleys of London Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hammerson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Harvey Nichols UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Holland & Barrett Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • IBM United Kingdom Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jack Wills Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jacques Vert Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jane Norman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JJB Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jones Apparel Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Karen Millen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kurt Geiger Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kwik Save Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • L'Oréal (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • L'Oréal SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lakeland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Land Securities Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lion Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Little Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • LK Bennett Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lush Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mamas & Papas Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Maplin Electronics Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marks & Spencer (UK) clothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Nectar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Nisa (fascia) incl. Loco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Optical Express - UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Oracle Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • OXFAM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Oxylane (Décathlon)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Paperchase Products Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Phelps Group (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Reiss Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • River Island Clothing Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Riverford Organic Vegetables Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Schuh (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Schuh Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sky Holidays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Standard Life Investments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Stella McCartney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • T-Mobile (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tesco (Japan)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Body Shop - Retail Sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Hut Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Original Factory Shop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Thomas Pink
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Toys R Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • United Carpets Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Visa Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Walgreen Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Woolworths Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • World Design & Trade Retail Ltd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UK Retail Briefing - October 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          US $382.00 (Excl.Tax)