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UK Retail Briefing - UK - September 2009

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Tesco boosting its loyalty programme
      • Consumers don’t like loyalty cards
        • Loyalty cards – trading stamps
          • The costs of learning about your customers
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Food retailers
              • Clothing retailers
                • Mixed Goods
                  • Multi-sector
                    • Department stores
                      • DIY
                        • Electricals
                          • Miscellaneous
                          • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

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

                                  • Housing
                                    • Figure 6: Housing transactions, 2005-09
                                    • Figure 7: UK house prices, 2000-09
                                  • Furniture
                                    • Figure 8: Furniture retailers, sales trends, 1999-2008
                                    • Figure 9: Furniture retailers, year-on-year sales growth, 2007-09
                                  • Carpets
                                    • Figure 10: Carpet retailers, sales trends, 1999-2008
                                    • Figure 11: Carpet retailers relative to all retail sales, 2007-09
                                  • DIY
                                    • Figure 12: DIY retailers, sales trends, 1999-2008
                                    • Figure 13: DIY retailers relative to all retail sales, 2007-09
                                  • Retail price inflation
                                      • Figure 14: Indices of retail prices for product categories (household goods), Jan 2004-Aug 2009
                                    • Consumer expenditure
                                      • Figure 15: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 2004-09 (Q1)
                                    • Leading retailers
                                      • Furniture retailers
                                        • Figure 16: Furniture retailers’ sales relative to all retail sales, 1999-2009
                                        • Figure 17: Furniture retailers – Leading specialists, 2008/09
                                      • Carpets
                                        • Figure 18: Carpet retailers’ sales relative to all retail sales, 1999-2009
                                        • Figure 19: Carpet retailers – Leading specialists, 2008/09
                                      • DIY
                                        • Figure 20: DIY retailers’ sales relative to all retail sales, 1999-2009
                                        • Figure 21: DIY retailers – Leading specialists, 2007/08
                                    • Advertising News

                                      • New campaigns
                                        • Comet sponsors WWTBM on ITV1
                                          • Currys unveils new ad campaign
                                            • M&S trials QR codes on juice bottles
                                              • Morrison's plays poems
                                                • Sainsbury's in X-Factor tie-up
                                                  • Tesco extends double-points offer
                                                    • Waitrose in direct marketing push
                                                      • Accounts gains and losses
                                                        • Burberry hires BBH
                                                          • Fat Face hands ad account to MCBD
                                                            • Holland & Barrett drops WCRS
                                                              • Iceland retains Tom Reddy ad agency
                                                                • JD Williams hands £20 million media account to MediaVest
                                                                  • John Lewis takes paid-search business in-house
                                                                    • Lida wins Signet DM account
                                                                    • Executive Appointments

                                                                      • Adams appoints new chief
                                                                        • Ann Summers hires new marketing manager
                                                                          • Clarks chief executive Bolliger to retire
                                                                            • Jessops appoints new CEO
                                                                              • M&S starts search for new chief
                                                                                • Robert Dyas names new chairman, concludes debt deal
                                                                                • The Month in UK Retailing

                                                                                  • Bakers (retail)
                                                                                    • Greggs enjoys profit increase
                                                                                      • Thorntons
                                                                                        • … completes refinancing
                                                                                          • … FY profits down 4.5%
                                                                                            • Co-ops (retail)
                                                                                              • Co-op launches legal service ad campaign
                                                                                                • Grocers
                                                                                                  • Asda
                                                                                                    • … posts strong Q2 sales
                                                                                                      • … branches into life insurance market with LV
                                                                                                        • Morrisons H1 profits soar 45%
                                                                                                          • Sainsbury's
                                                                                                            • … opens largest Northern Irish store
                                                                                                              • … announces Scottish expansion plans
                                                                                                                • … to triple games marketing budget
                                                                                                                  • Tesco
                                                                                                                    • … sets up weather team
                                                                                                                      • … seals partnership with Fortis
                                                                                                                        • Off-licences
                                                                                                                          • Majestic Wine halves minimum bottle purchase
                                                                                                                            • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                              • Holland & Barrett receives approval for Julian Graves takeover
                                                                                                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                  • Alexon to relaunch Ann Harvey
                                                                                                                                    • Ben Sherman losses widen
                                                                                                                                      • High & Mighty sold to N Brown
                                                                                                                                        • Jaeger completes Aquascutum purchase
                                                                                                                                          • Mackays sees profit fall
                                                                                                                                            • Matalan to create 1,800 jobs
                                                                                                                                              • Primark expects FY LFLs up 7%
                                                                                                                                                • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • Wilkinson posts record FY sales
                                                                                                                                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                      • HMV posts results, buys 7Digital stake
                                                                                                                                                        • Home Retail posts better-than-expected Q2 results
                                                                                                                                                          • Laura Ashley H1 sales up 6%
                                                                                                                                                            • M&S starts search for new chief
                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                • Debenhams demands improved terms from suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                  • Fenwick posts solid FY results
                                                                                                                                                                    • Harrods sees FY sales rise 9%
                                                                                                                                                                      • House of Fraser sees profits soar 16% in H1
                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher rushed to reveal H1 profits after data leak
                                                                                                                                                                            • Focus
                                                                                                                                                                              • … CVA likely to succeed
                                                                                                                                                                                • … saved from administration
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kesa group sales dip despite rise at Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                      • DSGi sales down 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Allied Carpets announces redundancies
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Findel fundraising receives strong backing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Littlewoods launches in Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Moonpig doubles profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Lloyds Pharmacy to provide high street healthcare
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct ups profit forecast as sales jump
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Signet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … suffers Q2 LFLs drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … Q2 profit jumps thanks to cost cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Theo Fennell swings to £3.3 million FY loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hamleys FY losses mount

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Adams Childrenswear Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Allied Floors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Allied Irish Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ann Summers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aquascutum Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bay Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BDO Stoy Hayward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bentalls Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Celesio Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Clarks of England USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Competition Commission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Curley's Supermarket group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Darty France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Direct Line Group Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Elvi Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ernest Jones Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Et Vous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fenwick Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Field & Trek Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Focus Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fortis Insurance Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Friends Provident plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • H Samuel Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hamleys of London Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HBOS plc (Halifax Bank of Scotland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • High and Mighty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Holland & Barrett Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ITV plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Julian Graves Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lloyds Retail Chemists Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • LV=
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mackays Stores Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Renown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Robert Dyas Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Personal Finance Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Bear Factory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Theo Fennell Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UniEuro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wallis old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Williams & Griffin Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wm Morrison Supermarkets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        UK Retail Briefing - UK - September 2009

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