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Description

Description

UK Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis thatincludes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & Aactivities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally eachmonth, UK Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific UK retailsector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, makingthis an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the UK retailindustry.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Tough times are good for high streets
      • Administrations up sharply
        • Every failure is different
          • But it’s not all bad news
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Grocers
              • Clothing
                • Multi-sector retailing
                  • Department stores
                    • DIY retailing
                      • Electricals retailing
                        • Music and video goods retailing
                          • Furniture
                            • Home shopping
                              • Jewellery
                                • Books and stationery
                                  • Sports and leisure goods
                                    • Garden centres
                                    • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                      • Key points
                                        • Retail sales trends
                                          • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                        • The BRC data for March
                                          • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2010-12
                                        • John Lewis
                                          • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2011-12
                                        • Inflation and wages
                                          • Figure 4: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2008-12
                                        • Inflation fell again
                                          • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2011-12
                                        • Looking forward
                                        • Sector Focus – Mixed Goods/Department Stores

                                            • Mintel’s tracker survey
                                              • Figure 6: Mintel Tracker Survey extracts: Trends in activities done and consider to do, Jul 2011-Mar 2012
                                              • Figure 7: Mintel Tracker Survey extracts: Trends in what extra money is spent on, Nov 2009-Mar 2012
                                            • Sector relatives
                                              • Figure 8: Mixed goods retailers’ share of all retail sales, 2006-11
                                            • Retail sales data
                                              • Figure 9: Mixed goods retailers’ sales, 2006-11
                                            • Consumer prices index
                                              • Figure 10: Consumer prices inflation for selected categories, Jan 2011-Jan 2012
                                            • Consumer spending
                                              • Figure 11: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 2006-11
                                            • Leading retailers
                                              • The department stores
                                                • Figure 12: Department store retailers: Leading operators, 2010/11
                                              • The variety stores
                                                • Figure 13: Variety store retailers: Leading operators, 2010/11
                                            • News Analysis

                                              • Grocers
                                                • UK: Asda
                                                  • …launches £5 off £40 shop promotion for Easter
                                                    • …George gives support to British manufacturers
                                                      • UK: Iceland deal complete
                                                        • UK: Kwik Save to return to high street next month
                                                          • UK: Midcounties acquires Harry Tuffin's
                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                              • …new format will target high-end customers
                                                                • …sets out plans to become biggest fresh food maker
                                                                  • …to donate job creation fund
                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                      • …aims to take market share from Game's demise
                                                                        • …becomes second largest online grocer
                                                                          • …campaign ruled out by ASA
                                                                            • …like-for-like sales rise 2.6%
                                                                              • UK: Tesco
                                                                                • …considering rise in pension age
                                                                                  • …Dotcom-Only store experiences problems
                                                                                    • …drops premium clothing
                                                                                      • …to launch in-store kiosks with access to full range
                                                                                        • …UK boss exits
                                                                                          • …upgrades Value brand
                                                                                            • UK: The Co-operative Food sees sales fall
                                                                                              • Off-licences
                                                                                                • UK: Oddbins relaunches website with increased personalisation
                                                                                                  • Other food specialists
                                                                                                    • UK: Greggs sales boosted by store expansion programme
                                                                                                      • UK: Holland & Barrett promotes new Know-how
                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                          • UK: Aquascutum seeks new owner
                                                                                                            • UK: Aurora could close half its stores
                                                                                                              • UK: Cherokee to relaunch in Tesco UK
                                                                                                                • UK: French Connection launches retail review after profits fall
                                                                                                                  • UK: Matalan founder acquires Fenn Wright Manson
                                                                                                                    • UK: Moss Bros returns to profit in full year
                                                                                                                      • UK: Next
                                                                                                                        • …reports profits rise but warns of uncertainty
                                                                                                                          • …to launch 19 mini stores
                                                                                                                            • UK: Peacocks
                                                                                                                              • …plans online launch for 2013
                                                                                                                                • …seeks extension on payment terms
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ted Baker reports "excellent" full-year
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Eveden considers sale
                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Halfords plans investment as sales are flat
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Marks & Spencer sets up Savile Row office
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Matalan founder acquires Fenn Wright Manson
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mothercare
                                                                                                                                                • …prepares to up store closures
                                                                                                                                                  • …review puts 160 head office staff at risk
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Laura Ashley reports "resilient" results
                                                                                                                                                      • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundland buys eight Peacocks stores
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Argos reports 8.5% like-for-like sales fall
                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Beales reports falling sales
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports positive first half
                                                                                                                                                                    • …to increase homewares range
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Harrods
                                                                                                                                                                        • …owner acquires stake in LVMH
                                                                                                                                                                          • …to launch in-store technology
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: House of Fraser stake owned by Landsbanki may be sold
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: TJ Hughes new owner plans store drive
                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Kingfisher eyes new markets as profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Wilkinson among bidders for Robert Dyas
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …plans closure of 61 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sees sales rise to 2-year record
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …back in trouble
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …enters administration with 277 stores to close
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …future in jeopardy as value wiped out
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …offered lifeline by Comet owner OpCapita
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …receives interest from potential bidders
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …UK stores bought by OpCapita
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …Live attracts attention of O2 owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …set to benefit as Game Group struggles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sony Music among bidders for HMV Live
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright plans to refresh estate in next two years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: DFS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports sharp fall in EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to launch first high street store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Feather & Blacks sees sales boosted by multichannel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ikea to build new store in Reading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Brand Alley reports 60% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Eveden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …acquired by Wacoal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …considers sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Feelunique owners to sell a stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Findel full year sales rise as turnaround plan continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Groupon facing OFT action
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ocado boss says online grocery shopping to get personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Feelunique owners to sell a stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Superdrug launches Superprice campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jewellery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Azendi in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: H Stern to launch in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Clinton Cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …profits fall and founder exits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to restructure Birthdays if buyer not found
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Blacks to rebrand as turnaround begins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Go Outdoors hires Halfords digital boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JD and Sports Direct battle for Firetrap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JJB receives lifeline from Dick's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …acquires WDT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …starts pricing war with JJB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Garden Centre Group acquired by Terra Firma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: BRC director general Stephen Robertson exits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Government launches Portas Plus plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hammerson wins race for Croydon centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kantar: Asda gains market share as Tesco loses out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Land Securities to introduce wi-fi to all shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Inflation continues to fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Minimum wage frozen for young, adult rate increase of 1.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Olympics will provide Sunday trading boost for retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Retail administrations up 15% in Q1 on 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ONS: Retail sales fall in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Scottish retail sales fall in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop price inflation up, driven by food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Supermarkets prime targets for minimum alcohol pricing

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