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UK Retail Briefing - December 2018

This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment - Where next for DIY?
  • On overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Food retailing - UK.
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

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  1. Analyst Comment – Where next for DIY?

      • Specialists struggling
        • But not all are doing badly
          • Non-food discounters
            • But what about the high street?
              • And the economy is not helping
                • Where next?
                • UK Retail Sales

                  • Key points
                    • Retail sales
                      • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2017/18
                      • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, July 2016- November 2018
                    • John Lewis
                      • Figure 3: John Lewis Department Stores: Year-on-Year Growth, Aug 2017-Nov 2018
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 4: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2016-17
                    • Inflation and wages
                      • Figure 5: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2015-Oct 2018
                    • Confidence
                      • Figure 6: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2016-November 2018
                    • Looking forward
                    • Sector Focus – Food Retailing

                        • Summer boosted sales
                          • Figure 7: Annual non-seasonally adjusted percentage change in the value sales of food retailers at current prices, Nov 2017 – OCT 2018
                        • Food inflation slows down
                          • Figure 8: Annual percentage change in the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages, Nov 2017 – Oct 2018
                        • Volume growth change
                          • Figure 9: Annual non-seasonally adjusted percentage change in the chained volume of goods sold in food stores, Nov 2017 – Oct 2018
                        • Online growth is slowing
                          • Figure 10: Internet food sales: value non-seasonally adjusted percentage change YoY, Nov 2017 – Oct 2018
                        • Online food as a % of all food retailing
                          • Figure 11: Internet food sales: value non-seasonally adjusted internet sales as a proportion of all food retailing Nov 2017 – Oct 2018
                        • The war on plastic
                          • Figure 12: Attitudes towards plastics and packaging at grocery retailers, August 2018
                        • Tesco opens discount chain Jack’s
                          • Prospects for Christmas
                          • Launch Activity and Innovations

                            • UK: Sainsbury’s trials edible insects at c-stores
                              • UK: Waitrose to roll out its supper club concept to a further 42 shops
                                • UK: Burberry teaming up with Vivienne Westwood on first collaboration
                                  • UK: Homebase enters concession deal with Tapi Carpets
                                    • UK: The Fragrance Shop launches three new pop-up shops called Sniff Bars
                                    • Headlines for the Month

                                      • Convenience stores
                                        • Grocers
                                          • Clothing retailing
                                            • Department stores
                                              • DIY retailing
                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                  • Home shopping
                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                      • Convenience stores
                                                        • UK: McColl like-for-like sales flat in its fourth quarter
                                                          • Grocers
                                                            • UK: Aldi opens eight new stores in a single day
                                                              • UK: Asda
                                                                • …introduces ‘inclusive hour’ trial
                                                                  • …sales rise for 6th straight quarter
                                                                    • UK: Morrisons and Tesco share concerns over Sainsbury’s-Asda merger
                                                                      • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                        • …introduces food bank labelling scheme for customers
                                                                          • …introducing wellness hubs in selected stores
                                                                            • …opens new-look supermarket
                                                                              • UK: Tesco
                                                                                • …and WWF to collaborate on long-running sustainable food effort
                                                                                  • …partners up with Volkswagen to roll out electric charging bays
                                                                                    • UK: The Food Warehouse incorporates first Wine Warehouse department in-store
                                                                                      • Off-licences
                                                                                        • UK: Majestic Wine reports £200,000 loss in interim results
                                                                                          • Other food specialists
                                                                                            • UK: Holland and Barrett hire former Homebase and Argos boss as new chairman
                                                                                              • UK: Hotel Chocolat enters Japan
                                                                                              • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                • UK: All Saints profits affected by increased store operating costs
                                                                                                  • UK: Anine Bing opening first UK store in London
                                                                                                    • UK: Arcadia
                                                                                                      • …introduces Klarna’s ‘Slice it in 3’ across all brands
                                                                                                        • …Beyoncé buys out Ivy Park to cut ties with Sir Philip Green
                                                                                                          • UK: Black Friday hits the UK
                                                                                                            • UK: Blue Inc’s future uncertain as it searches for new buyers
                                                                                                              • UK: Bonmarché sales affected by weaker footfall
                                                                                                                • UK: Challenging trading at Primark in November
                                                                                                                  • UK: Gap launches limited edition collection with GQ
                                                                                                                    • UK: Givenchy opens first standalone UK store
                                                                                                                      • UK: H&M
                                                                                                                        • …introduces a concept café to its Westfield White city store
                                                                                                                          • …opening new concept store in Hammersmith
                                                                                                                            • …ARKET opens at Birmingham’s Bullring
                                                                                                                              • …scraps Cheap Monday brand
                                                                                                                                • UK: High street fashion retailers defend practices in parliament
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Matalan opens a user experience lab at its head office
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mulberry creates travelling interactive retailer experience for the festive season
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next signs concession deal with Mamas & Papas
                                                                                                                                        • UK: North Face names new EMEA boss
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Paul Smith teams up with Manchester United for accessories collection
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Peacocks ditches plastic bags
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Quiz clothing reports increase in first half group revenue
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Reserved launches new collection in partnership with British Vogue
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Stance opens first store outside the US
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                      • …Q3 sales flat
                                                                                                                                                        • …boss takes leave of absence
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: TK Maxx opening first-ever Oxford Street store
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Joules sees strong revenue growth in first half results
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: US Polo Assn to launch in Outfit and House of Fraser for UK debut
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Urban Outfitters returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Victoria’s Secret CEO Jan Singer steps down
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney withstand tough trading
                                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Clarks’ heads of sales exit the retailer
                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: B&M sales boosted 16%
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Poundland names new trading & finance directors
                                                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mothercare group revenue falls 13.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Beales acquires Palmers
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams appoints former Costa Coffee exec as new property director
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Fortnum & Mason
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …opens new City store at the Royal Exchange
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports 6th consecutive year of double-digit growth
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …landmark Manchester store saved from closure
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Swindon store saved
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to close down all 4 Intu stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: John Lewis launching click-and-collect service in Booths
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: B&Q to sell stores for £125 million to fund transformation strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Kingfisher to exit Russian, Spanish and Portuguese markets
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Topps Tiles profits dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Travis Perkins reviewing options for Wickes DIY chain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Habitat opens Brighton flagship store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ScS achieves growth in core business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: AO World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …narrows losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …takeover of Mobile Phones Direct given green light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Boohoo found to have misled customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Marie Claire branches out to ecommerce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ocado considering expansion across Europe, Asia & Australia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sosandar profits rise over 400% in interim results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health & Beauty Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Crabtree & Evelyn opens first concept store in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Card Factory posts resilient results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: WH Smith enters South American market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dobbies reports slump in profits and sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Wyevale offloads a further five stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Intu buyout deal falls through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Half of Evans Cycles stores to be closed despite profitability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Pets at Home profits drop due to costs from vet restructuring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: October retail sales up by 3.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Retail sales fell by 0.5% in November

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