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UK Retail Rankings - April 2016

"Retailing is always changing, but the pace of change seems to be accelerating. The 2016 edition of the retail rankings provides a snapshot of the current state of play. Online is growing, but how many of the pure players are profitable and will they begin to focus on profits over market share?

The food superstores are losing market share to the discounters and convenience stores as there is a movement of population back into the inner cities. New strategies are developing and Sainsbury's has made an agreed bid for Argos. Tesco has yet to show its hand, but it is staging an impressive recovery. The DIY retailers are suffering for many of the same reasons as the food superstores and one of the leaders, Homebase, has been taken over by Wesfarmers of Australia and will be converted to a wholly new format, Bunnings. Meanwhile Kingfisher is rolling out an ambitious programme unifying ranges and systems across its European businesses. In electricals Currys is fighting back against online competition by price matching and improving in-store service. The clothing sector is suffering from the poor performance of two of its leading players - M&S and Arcadia. But there is a new chief executive at M&S and all hopes must rest on him.

Consumer demand is holding up well, though there are considerable uncertainties from a possible EU exit to a global economic slowdown and there is much evidence that consumers want to spend more on leisure than retail. 2016 should be a solid, if unexciting year for retailers."

- Richard Perks, Director of Retail Research

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Table of contents

  1. Technical Notes

    • Changes to the UK Retail Rankings
      • Qualifications
        • Figure 1: Small and medium company exemptions, 2015
      • Sales areas
        • Classifications
          • Classifications – Non-store
            • Rankings
              • Data
                • Year-ends
                  • Sales
                    • Classifications and market shares
                      • Figure 2: Sector codes used in this report
                  • Retailing in the UK 2016

                    • Economic background
                      • Consumers and retailing
                        • Figure 3: What extra money is spent on, February 2016
                      • 2015
                        • Figure 4: Major retail sectors performance, 2015 on 2014
                      • Food retailers
                        • “Mail Order”
                          • Household goods
                            • Clothing and footwear
                              • Concentration
                                • Figure 5: Leading retailers’ share of all retail sales, 2012/13-2014/15
                                • Figure 6: UK Top 10 retailers, 2010/11-2014/15
                            • Mergers and Acquisitions

                                • Homebase and Brantano
                                  • Sainsbury’s £1.4bn bid for Argos
                                    • Figure 7: Mergers and acquisitions: April 2014-April 2016
                                • Administrations

                                    • Figure 8: Administrations: April 2015-April 2016
                                • Books, News and Stationery Retailers

                                  • Sector introduction
                                    • Sector highlights
                                      • Figure 9: Booksellers and stationers as % of all retailer sales, 2006-15
                                      • Figure 10: Books, news and stationery retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                    • What we’ve seen
                                    • Carpet Retailers

                                      • Sector introduction
                                        • Sector highlights
                                          • Figure 11: Carpet retailers as % all retail sales, 2006-15
                                          • Figure 12: Carpet retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                        • What we’ve seen
                                        • Charities

                                          • Sector introduction
                                            • Sector highlights
                                              • What we’ve seen
                                              • Clothing Retailers

                                                • Sector introduction
                                                  • Sector highlights
                                                    • Figure 13: Clothing retailers as % all retailer sales, 2006-15
                                                    • Figure 14: Clothing retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                  • What we’ve seen
                                                  • DIY Retailers

                                                    • Sector introduction
                                                      • Sector highlights
                                                        • Figure 15: DIY retailers as % all retailer sales, 2006-15
                                                        • Figure 16: DIY retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                      • What we’ve seen
                                                      • Electrical Retailers

                                                        • Sector introduction
                                                          • Sector highlights
                                                            • Figure 17: Electrical retailers as % of all retailer sales, 2006-15
                                                            • Figure 18: Computer and telecoms retailers as % all retail sales, 2006-15
                                                            • Figure 19: Electricals retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                          • What we’ve seen
                                                          • Footwear Retailers

                                                            • Sector introduction
                                                              • Sector highlights
                                                                • Figure 20: Footwear retailers as % all retailer sales, 2006-15
                                                                • Figure 21: Footwear retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                              • What we’ve seen
                                                              • Furniture Retailers

                                                                • Sector introduction
                                                                  • Sector highlights
                                                                    • Figure 22: Furniture retailers as % all retailer sales, 2006-15
                                                                    • Figure 23: Furniture retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                  • What we’ve seen
                                                                  • Garden Retailers

                                                                    • Sector introduction
                                                                      • Sector highlights
                                                                        • Figure 24: Spending on gardening products as % all retailer sales (inc. VAT), 2006-15
                                                                        • Figure 25: Garden goods retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                      • What we’ve seen
                                                                      • Health and Beauty

                                                                        • Sector introduction
                                                                          • Sector highlights
                                                                            • Figure 26: Health and beauty retailers as % all retailer sales, 2006-15
                                                                            • Figure 27: Health and beauty retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                          • What we’ve seen
                                                                          • Home Shopping

                                                                            • Sector introduction
                                                                              • Sector highlights
                                                                                  • Figure 28: Mail order retailers as % all retail sales, 2006-15
                                                                                  • Figure 29: Other non-store retailers as % all retail sales, 2006-15
                                                                                  • Figure 30: Home shopping retailers: Market shares 2014/15
                                                                                • What we’ve seen
                                                                                • Homeware Retailers

                                                                                  • Sector introduction
                                                                                    • Sector highlights
                                                                                      • Figure 31: Household textiles as % of all retailers sales, 2006-15
                                                                                      • Figure 32: Homewares retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                                    • What we’ve seen
                                                                                    • Jewellery Retailers

                                                                                      • Sector introduction
                                                                                        • Sector highlights
                                                                                          • Figure 33: Spending on jewellery as % all retailer sales (inc. VAT), 2006-15
                                                                                          • Figure 34: Jewellery retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                                        • What we’ve seen
                                                                                        • Miscellaneous Specialists

                                                                                          • Sector introduction
                                                                                            • Sector highlights
                                                                                              • Figure 35: Miscellaneous specialists as percentage of all retail sales, 2006-15
                                                                                              • Figure 36: Miscellaneous specialist retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                                          • Mixed Goods

                                                                                            • Sector introduction
                                                                                              • Sector highlights
                                                                                                • Figure 37: Mixed goods retailers as % all retail sales, 2006-15
                                                                                                • Figure 38: Mixed goods retailers: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                                              • What we’ve seen
                                                                                              • Opticians

                                                                                                • Sector introduction
                                                                                                  • Sector highlights
                                                                                                      • Figure 39: Opticians: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                                                    • What we’ve seen
                                                                                                    • Recreation Retailers

                                                                                                      • Sector introduction
                                                                                                        • Sector highlights
                                                                                                          • Figure 40: Spending on toys and games and sports clothing and equipment, 2006-15
                                                                                                          • Figure 41: Sports and toy shops: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                                                        • What we’ve seen
                                                                                                        • Specialist Food Retailers, Off-licences and Tobacconists

                                                                                                          • Sector introduction
                                                                                                            • Sector highlights
                                                                                                                • Figure 42: Food specialists as % all retail sales, 2006-15
                                                                                                                • Figure 43: Food specialists: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                                                                • Figure 44: Off-licences and tobacconists: Market shares, 2014/15
                                                                                                              • What we’ve seen
                                                                                                              • Supermarkets

                                                                                                                • Sector introduction
                                                                                                                  • Sector highlights
                                                                                                                      • Figure 45: Supermarkets sales as % all food retailers, 2006-15
                                                                                                                    • Sector structure
                                                                                                                      • Figure 46: Supermarkets – Superstores and other outlets, 2015
                                                                                                                      • Figure 47: Supermarkets: Market share of the market leaders, 2015
                                                                                                                    • Online
                                                                                                                      • Sales densities
                                                                                                                        • Figure 48: Leading supermarkets, estimated sales mix, 2014/15
                                                                                                                        • Figure 49: Leading supermarkets, estimated sales per sq m, 2014/15
                                                                                                                      • What we’ve seen

                                                                                                                      Companies Covered

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                                                                                                                      UK Retail Rankings - April 2016

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