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UK Retail Briefing - December 2010

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 Comment

    • Weather is for wimps
      • But this is different
        • All bets are off
          • It could still be OK
            • Fingers in the dike
              • Focus
                • JJB
                  • It needs time
                  • Headlines for the Month

                    • Food retailers
                      • Clothing retailers
                        • Multi-sector retailing
                          • Department stores
                            • DIY stores
                              • Electricals
                                • Home shopping
                                  • Books and stationery
                                    • Sports and leisure goods
                                      • Other specialist retailers
                                        • Economy
                                        • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                            • Retail sales trends
                                              • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                            • BRC – continuing strong demand
                                              • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2009-10
                                            • John Lewis
                                              • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2009-10
                                            • Inflation and wages
                                              • Figure 4: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2008-10
                                            • Inflation remains uncomfortably high
                                              • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-10
                                            • Looking forward
                                            • Sector Analysis – Miscellaneous Non-Food Specialists

                                                • Classifications
                                                  • Sales trends
                                                    • Figure 6: Non-food specialist retailers’ sales trends, 2000-10 (Q1-Q3)
                                                  • Booksellers, newsagents and stationers
                                                      • Figure 7: Booksellers, newsagents and stationers’ sales trends, 2000-10 (Q1-Q3)
                                                      • Figure 8: Books, news and stationery retailers’ sales as % all retail sales, 2005-10
                                                      • Figure 9: Leading booksellers and newsagents, 2005/06-2009/10
                                                    • Health & beauty
                                                      • Figure 10: Health & beauty retailers’ sales trends, 2000-10 (Q1-Q3)
                                                      • Figure 11: Health and beauty retailers’ sales as % all retail sales, 2005-10
                                                      • Figure 12: Leading health and beauty retailers, 2005/06-2009/10
                                                    • Other specialised
                                                      • Figure 13: Miscellaneous specialist retailers’ sales trends, 2000-10 (Q1-Q3)
                                                      • Figure 14: Consumer spending for selected categories, 2008-09
                                                      • Figure 15: Other specialised retailers’ sales as % all retail sales, 2005-10
                                                      • Figure 16: Other specialised retailers: Leading operators, 2005/06-2009/10
                                                  • News Analysis

                                                    • Grocers
                                                      • Asda
                                                        • …third quarter sales up
                                                          • …to create 7,500 new jobs
                                                            • Co-op's £200m Christmas promotion
                                                              • Marks & Spencer
                                                                • …and Waitrose gain food sales
                                                                  • …achieves 70 of its Plan A targets
                                                                    • Morrisons denies rumours of Ocado bid
                                                                      • Sainsbury's
                                                                        • …blow as seniors defect
                                                                          • …sees busiest day of the year at new space
                                                                            • …to open six food colleges
                                                                              • Tesco
                                                                                • …strong third quarter growth
                                                                                  • …considers drive-thru launch at dotcom-only stores
                                                                                    • Waitrose
                                                                                      • …sales up 10.6%
                                                                                        • …sees 'busiest day ever' despite snow
                                                                                          • …weekly sales up 11%
                                                                                            • Off-licences
                                                                                              • Majestic profits rise 20%
                                                                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                  • TJX Europe slows expansion as third quarter profits fall 20%
                                                                                                    • Benetton 9-month net profit +5.5%
                                                                                                      • H&M
                                                                                                        • …October sales in line
                                                                                                          • …reaches predicted revenue targets
                                                                                                            • Alexon Group like-for-likes up 0.4%
                                                                                                              • Arcadia profits rise 6.4%
                                                                                                                • Burberry first-half profit up
                                                                                                                  • Cortefiel prepares for international expansion
                                                                                                                    • New Look gains Ex-Selfridges marketing boss
                                                                                                                      • Fat Face reduce markdowns with product overhaul
                                                                                                                        • Forever 21 opens its first UK store
                                                                                                                          • French Connection like-for-like sales drop 6.1%
                                                                                                                            • Gap
                                                                                                                              • …and Valentino collaboration launches tomorrow
                                                                                                                                • …international sales up 3% in third quarter
                                                                                                                                  • H&M Lanvin collection launches today
                                                                                                                                    • Moss Bros reports strong sales
                                                                                                                                      • Mulberry interim profits rise
                                                                                                                                        • New Look like-for-likes fall
                                                                                                                                          • Primark
                                                                                                                                            • …Lakeside extends
                                                                                                                                              • …Oxford Street store sets sales record
                                                                                                                                                • Suits You chain to be shut down
                                                                                                                                                  • Ted Baker sales rise
                                                                                                                                                    • TK Maxx to launch two new stores
                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • Barratts restructures management team
                                                                                                                                                          • Office is closer to £150m deal with Silverfleet
                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • Mothercare doubles international sales target
                                                                                                                                                                • Poundland looking to go online
                                                                                                                                                                  • Richemont beats expectation with strong October growth
                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                      • Ex-Selfridges marketing boss joins New Look board
                                                                                                                                                                        • Fortnum & Mason reports first profit in six years
                                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports weekly sales of £100m
                                                                                                                                                                              • …sees seasonal sales push up results
                                                                                                                                                                                • …plans to launch in Middle East
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees record online and bumper Saturday sales
                                                                                                                                                                                    • sales up 52%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Selfridges' footwear sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Focus in talks about store disposal
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kingfisher reports third quarter retail profit up 8.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Topps Tiles profits down for the fifth year running
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Comet suffers further losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dixons cuts interim losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Game like-for-likes down
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HMV like-for-likes fall 16% and losses widen
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Phones4U deal likely to be below £700m
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cath Kidston plans Far East as profits up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon imports Black Friday promotion to UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • EBay takes record sales on Super Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Groupon tempts Google with bargains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Hut Group acquires Lookfantastic Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hobbycraft doubles profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • WH Smiths sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …set to open first store in France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …recruits former Republic boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …increasing debt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …warns it may breach debt facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Signet sees strong third quarter performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Other specialist retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches transactional mobile site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …profits up, like-for-like sales down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Consumer confidence down in the UK but up for the rest of Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • £250m for London shops on traffic free day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • BRC – retail sales still growing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Chamber of Commerce lowers growth expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • OFT warns retailers as shoppers lose out on 'billions' because of deceitful marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ONS: Retail sales rising

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