UK Department Stores market report
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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Department Stores market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.
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There are no hard and fast rules. However, we would expect stores to typically trade from a minimum of 1,000 sq m and stock at least half a dozen different broad product categories, with one category unlikely to account for more than two thirds of turnover, and usually significantly less than this. Stores must carry a range of brands and be clearly departmentalised (so we include M&S, but not Next). Most department stores (though not all) trade off many floors.
As a minimum, all department stores covered in this Report sell adults’ and children’s apparel, lingerie, fashion accessories, footwear, beauty products and some homewares. Larger full-line stores have a much wider product assortment. They should also have at least one café or restaurant. Some department stores retained their food halls through the 1990s and others have been reintroducing them. The food offer is typically upmarket and geared towards fine foods and delicatessen, and therefore differentiated from the everyday supermarket.
Most department stores operate with a mix of own-bought and concession departments.
Expert analysis from a specialist in the field
Written by Samantha Dover, a leading analyst in the Retail sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
The UK department store sector remains challenging, with a number of the leading players struggling to carve out their niche in a crowded retail market. Innovation has been centred on creating a compelling in-store environment and whilst this is important, research suggests that department store retailers should be doing more to ensure both their products and in-store merchandising resonate with consumers. Going forward, those that show a real understanding of their customers and can differentiate their offer accordingly will be best placed to succeed.
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