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UK Retail Briefing - August 2019

This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment - Looking back
  • An overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Grocery retailing - UK.
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Looking Back

    • Looking back
      • Food retailing
        • Discounters
          • Great businesses make mistakes
            • The guy at the top
              • Corporate activity
                • Conglomerates just don’t work.
                  • Gone and best forgotten
                    • M&S and the demise of the British textile industry
                      • Home shopping
                        • Shooting stars
                          • Can one rescue a failing brand?
                            • Back to basics
                            • UK Retail Sales

                              • Key points
                                • Retail sales
                                    • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, June 2018 – July 2019
                                  • BRC vs ONS
                                    • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, May 2017-July 2019
                                  • John Lewis
                                    • Figure 3: John Lewis Department Stores: Year-on-Year Growth, January 2018 – August 2019
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 4: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, July 2018- July 2019
                                  • Inflation and wages
                                    • Figure 5: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2017 – Jul 2019
                                  • Consumer confidence
                                    • Figure 6: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2017 – July 2019
                                  • Looking forward
                                  • Sector Focus – Grocery

                                      • Retail sales value growth picks up again in 2019
                                        • Figure 7: Annual non-seasonally adjusted percentage change in the value sales of food retailers at current prices, January 2018 - July 2019
                                      • Food inflation in upward trend during first half of 2019
                                        • Figure 8: Annual percentage change in the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages, January 2018 – July 2019
                                      • Retail sales volume decreases in June and July 2019
                                        • Figure 9: Annual non-seasonally adjusted percentage change in the chained volume of goods sold in food stores, January 2018 – July 2019
                                      • Consumers’ raised awareness against plastic
                                        • Figure 10: Attitudes towards plastics and packaging at grocery retailers, August 2018
                                      • Grocers react to their consumers’ attitudes against the use of plastic
                                        • Waitrose extends the ban on plastic to packaging
                                          • Figure 11: Shoppers at the Waitrose Oxford Botley Road store can refill dry goods, 2019
                                      • Launch Activity and Innovations

                                        • UK: Simply Fresh launches pop-up food market in Solihull
                                          • UK: Waitrose to extend ‘While You’re Away’ delivery trial
                                            • UK: Burberry creates a collection from sustainable nylon
                                            • Headlines for the Month

                                              • Grocers
                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                  • Mixed goods and Department Stores retailing
                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                        • Online retailing
                                                          • Health and Beauty retailing
                                                          • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                            • Co-ops
                                                              • UK: Co-op extends 'pay-in-aisle' to 30 stores
                                                                • Convenience stores
                                                                  • UK: McColl’s reports a pre-tax loss
                                                                    • UK: Simply Fresh launches pop-up food market in Solihull
                                                                      • UK: Tesco to focus on convenience as it simplifies Metro store operations
                                                                        • Grocers
                                                                          • UK: Asda uses 90,000 plastic bottles for car park resurfacing
                                                                            • UK: Iceland:
                                                                              • …generates £500,000 of in-store sales from mobile discount vouchers
                                                                                • …trialling new plastic bag free concept
                                                                                  • UK: Lidl combats plastic waste with its new reusable bags for fruit and veg
                                                                                    • UK: M&S
                                                                                      • …incentivising reusable containers for food-to-go
                                                                                        • …unveils a new-look food hall
                                                                                          • …WHSmith ready to open its M&S Food concession in Darlington
                                                                                            • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                              • …and Deliveroo partner up for delivery trial
                                                                                                • …scraps plastic bags for fruit and veg in reusable bag trial
                                                                                                  • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                    • …and YO! Sushi extend partnership
                                                                                                      • …to quit using plastic bags for grocery deliveries
                                                                                                        • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                          • …closes 7 stores culling 700 jobs
                                                                                                            • …to extend ‘While You’re Away’ delivery trial
                                                                                                              • …waves away plastic with new multi-coloured recycled trays
                                                                                                                • Off-licences
                                                                                                                  • UK: Majestic Wine to be acquired by US investment firm Fortress
                                                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                      • UK: Greggs interims post a 14.7% rise in sales
                                                                                                                        • UK: Holland & Barrett launches on-to-go lunch range
                                                                                                                          • UK: Hotel Chocolat see palatable full year sales up by 14%
                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Clothing and footwear

                                                                                                                            • UK: Arcadia rescue faces US legal challenge
                                                                                                                              • UK: Jobs axed as Boohoo acquires Karen Millen and Coast
                                                                                                                                • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                                  • …creates a collection from sustainable nylon
                                                                                                                                    • …like-for-like sales rise by 4%
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jack Wills
                                                                                                                                        • …up for grabs - interested parties include Ben Sherman owner
                                                                                                                                          • …Sports Direct buys Jack Wills out of administration
                                                                                                                                            • …Sports Direct seeks rent cuts for Jack Wills stores
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Joules report soaring full-year profits
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Julian Dunkerton ‘steadies ship’ after Superdry see plunging loss in profit
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The last of Bonmarché’s shareholders sells to Philip Day
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Next posts 4.3% increase in full price sales for H1
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: White Stuff profits slump from digital spend and discounting
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: £7 million raised for Sosander through sale of new shares
                                                                                                                                                          • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Russell & Bromley to join the line-up at Covent Garden
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Vans to occupy former Miss Selfridge flagship site
                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis - Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bluegem capital offloads Liberty in a £300 million deal
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                      • …to launch new in-house brands
                                                                                                                                                                        • …asks lenders for additional £50 million
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis to launch new in-house menswear brand
                                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: B&M posts ‘record breaking’ sales
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Flying Tiger halts UK store openings after profits plunge
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Poundland outperforms the high street with reported revenue growth of 1.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Homebase saves Bathstore from administration
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Travis Perkins
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …accelerates Wickes disposal plans
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …set to demerge Wickes
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons Carphone launches AR experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: After a strong trading performance DFS profits are on track
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sales soar for Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Amazon set to open second Clicks & Mortar store in Cardiff
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: ASOS issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Emma Mattress revenues grow to £18m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Eve Sleep posts 0.9% dip in half year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Findel makes ‘solid start to the year’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Opumo receives investment from Scandi fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Takeaway.com and Just Eat agree on merger terms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boots trials reverse vending machines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bodycare FY2018: modest growth and profit drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Molton Brown’s debut in fragrances
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Savers sees solid growth of 10.2% for FY2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Hammerson hit by CVA’s and administrations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Intu seeks head office job cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Westfield’s UK income hit by retail CVAs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …delays full-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces release date of delayed full-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts a £54.6m loss in full-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Watches of Switzerland recorded surging profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous Specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hobbycraft's full-year profits surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare seeks to offload UK arm following full-year losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Pets at Home makes strong start to year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BRC reports ‘weakest July on record’ for UK retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: June retail sales up by 4.0%

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