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UK Retail Briefing - September 2014

Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month’s provides analysis of the DIY and furniture retail sector.

This sector focus looks at:

  • An analysis of the latest UK retail sales trends
  • Growth of the food retail sector tracked against inflation
  • Recent performance within the DIY and furniture retail sector.
  • The latest monthly UK retail news and commentary.

We also include an Analyst's Comment looking at Trust and Mintel's brand research which looks at consumer brand perceptions of trust within the grocery retail sector.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Trust
      • Tesco
          • Figure 1: “A brand I trust” – the big 4, 2009-2013
          • Figure 2: “A brand I trust” – other leaders, 2009-2013
        • Marketing
          • Aldi and Lidl
            • Where next?
            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

              • Key points
                • Retail sales trends
                  • Figure 3: Retail sales trends, 2013-14
                • BRC data for July
                  • Figure 4: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2013-2014
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 5: John Lewis: Year-on-Year Growth, 2013-14
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 6: The income squeeze: Wages growth vs inflation, 2009-2013
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 7: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2013-14
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Focus – DIY and Furniture Retailing

                    • Executive summary
                      • Consumer spending improves
                        • Figure 8: Consumer spending on core DIY and furniture categories (incl VAT), 2009-13
                      • Specialists’ sales recover
                        • Figure 9: DIY and hardware specialists’ sales: annual % change, January 2013 - July 2014
                        • Figure 10: Furniture and lighting specialists’ sales: annual % change, January 2013 - July 2014
                        • Figure 11: Retail sales (incl VAT), 2012-14
                      • Top specialist retailers’ recent results
                        • Figure 12: Kingfisher: Recent results
                        • Figure 13: Homebase: Recent results
                        • Figure 14: Other major DIY and furniture retailers: recent results
                    • Headlines for the Month

                      • Co-ops
                        • Grocers
                          • Clothing retailing
                            • DIY retailing
                              • Electrical retailing
                                • Music, film and video games retailing
                                • News Analysis – Food

                                  • Co-ops
                                    • Co-op
                                      • Convenience Stores
                                        • McColl’s sales grow 4.3% in Q3
                                          • Nisa CEO leaves business
                                            • One Stop installs beacon technology in stores
                                              • Grocers
                                                • Aldi removes confectionery from checkout areas
                                                  • Asda
                                                    • Iceland Foods completes refinancing deal
                                                      • Lidl
                                                        • Morrisons
                                                          • Ocado to trial click-and-collect
                                                            • Sainsbury’s
                                                              • Tesco
                                                                • Waitrose opens railway station outlet
                                                                  • Other food specialists
                                                                    • Thorntons profits grow 60.4%
                                                                      • Economy
                                                                        • Asda and Waitrose gain market share
                                                                          • Retail sales grow 2.7% in August
                                                                            • Retail sales fall 0.3% in July
                                                                              • Retail sales grow 2.6% in July
                                                                                • Shop prices continue to fall in August
                                                                                • News Analysis – Non-Food

                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                    • Abercrombie & Fitch to open first kidswear store
                                                                                      • Barbour appoints new global e-commerce chief
                                                                                        • Element to open its first UK standalone store
                                                                                          • French Connection opens pop-up convenience store
                                                                                            • H&M's mega fashion 2014 Xmas campaign
                                                                                              • Lands’ End debuts House of Fraser
                                                                                                • All La Senza stores to close
                                                                                                  • Lindex to open its first UK store
                                                                                                    • Lipsy launches sports line
                                                                                                      • New Look sales grow 8.1% in Q1
                                                                                                        • Stradivarius opens its doors in the UK
                                                                                                          • SuperGroup like-for-like sales fall 3.7% in Q1
                                                                                                            • Vivienne Westwood sales drop 2%
                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                • Dr Martens appoints new CEO
                                                                                                                  • Department Stores
                                                                                                                    • House of Fraser
                                                                                                                      • John Lewis
                                                                                                                        • Menarys enters CVA with creditors
                                                                                                                          • Selfridges
                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                              • Homebase shareholder vetoes sell off
                                                                                                                                • Kingfisher sales grow 0.9% in the first half of the year
                                                                                                                                  • Lords of Notting Hill adds cookshop to its portfolio
                                                                                                                                    • Screwfix to open 50 new stores in 2015
                                                                                                                                      • Wickes hires Fit Flop ecommerce boss
                                                                                                                                        • Garden products retailing
                                                                                                                                          • Terra Firma considering Wyevale sale
                                                                                                                                            • Books and stationary retailing
                                                                                                                                              • WH Smith announce result ‘in-line with market expectations’
                                                                                                                                                • The Works owners consider sale
                                                                                                                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • Brighthouse
                                                                                                                                                      • Dixons Carphone announce results of a ‘good start’
                                                                                                                                                        • Maplin
                                                                                                                                                          • Phones 4u
                                                                                                                                                            • Music, film and video games retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • Game Digital posts solid sales
                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture Village secures £6m investment
                                                                                                                                                                    • Ikea scales back new store plans
                                                                                                                                                                      • Home Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                        • Achica attracts hedgefund investor
                                                                                                                                                                          • Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                            • Asos warehouse fire continues to cause disruptions
                                                                                                                                                                              • Boden sales rise 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Williams to launch TV campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kiddicare losses widen
                                                                                                                                                                                    • My-Wardrobe future in doubt
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Net-a-Porter sales grow 23%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop Direct to launch transactional apps
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health & Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Marc Jacobs to open ‘tweet shop’
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Savers sales grow 15%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports Direct sales grow 12.2% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Toys and Games Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys R Us sales fall 7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Laura Ashley sales and profits rise in the first half of the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Marks and Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • TK Maxx plans 18 store expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wilko sales dip 4.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 99p Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shopping destinations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe’s first Asian shopping centre to open in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Heathrow launches first airport based personal shopping lounge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Land Securities announces two new click-and-collect hubs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous Specialist Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mamas & Papas hire former Aurora Fashions chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Groupon launches new website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Miscellaneous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Elliot Review ‘concerned’ over retailers procurement policies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Royal Mail to trial Sunday deliveries this weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Asda and Waitrose gain market share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Retail sales grow 2.7% in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Retail sales fall 0.3% in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Retail sales grow 2.6% in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shop prices continue to fall in August

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • 99p Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • A.S.Watson Western Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Abercrombie & Fitch UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • achica
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Adams Childrenswear Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • B&Q (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Bargain Booze Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Bathstore.com Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • BC Partners Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Boden UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Brico Depôt (France)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Brighthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Castorama (Russia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Food Standards Agency
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture Village Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Groupon, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • IPC Media Ltd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • La Senza Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Lindex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Lipsy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Luxottica Group S.p.A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mamas & Papas Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Maplin Electronics Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • McColl's (convenience stores)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • mmO2 plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Montagu Private Equity Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Morrisons M Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Netflix, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • O2 / Telefonica UK (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • One Stop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Phones 4U Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Poundworld Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • R Barbour & Sons Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Rutland Fund Management Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Savers Health and Beauty Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Schuh (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Screwfix UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Spotify AB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Stockmann Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Tesco Express (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • TJX International (TK Maxx Europe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Toys R Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • USC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Vivienne Westwood Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Vodafone Group Plc (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Wickes Building Supplies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Wyevale Garden Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Zalando - DACH region

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UK Retail Briefing - September 2014

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