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UK Retail Briefing - February 2009

UK Retail Briefing is a unique series of sector overviews that are written by Mintel experts and updated every month. Our analysts give insight into the burning issue in the industry including:

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Property: Warning signs for out-of-town parks
      • Getting recession in perspective
        • Store closures
          • Where?
            • Out-of-town
            • Headlines for February

              • Food retailers
                • Clothing and footwear retailers
                  • Mixed goods
                    • Electricals
                      • Homewares
                        • Miscellaneous
                        • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                            • Retail sales trends
                              • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2008
                              • Figure 2: Non-seasonally adjusted % value change on previous year, 2008
                            • Early indications for January
                              • Figure 3: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2007/08
                              • Figure 4: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, H2 2008/09
                            • December – the final reckoning
                                • Figure 5: Trading statements: Christmas 2008
                              • Inflation and wages
                                • Figure 6: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2007-08
                              • Inflation has begun to fall back
                                • Figure 7: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, Aug 2007-Dec 2008
                              • 2009
                              • Sector Focus – Food Retailers

                                  • Sales trends
                                    • Figure 8: Food retailers, sales trends, 1998-2008
                                    • Figure 9: Food retailers as % of all retail sales, 1997-2008
                                  • Subsectors
                                      • Figure 10: Breakdown of food retailers’ sales by sub-sector, 2004-08
                                    • Retail price inflation
                                      • Figure 11: Indices of retail prices for key product categories, 2004-08
                                    • Consumer expenditure
                                      • Figure 12: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 2003-08 (Q3)
                                      • Figure 13: Food retailers’ sales relative to all spending on food and drink, 2000-08
                                    • Food retailers
                                        • Figure 14: Food retailers: Leading retailers’ share of food retailers’ sales, 2007/08
                                    • Executive Appointments

                                      • DSGi names new chairman
                                        • Habitat appoints group chief executive
                                          • Harrods chief executive leaves
                                            • Moss Bros chief executive to leave
                                              • Tesco appoints McIlwee as finance director
                                              • Advertising News

                                                • New campaigns
                                                  • B&Q ends Olympic sponsorship
                                                    • Carpetright to invest in ad campaign
                                                      • Waitrose becomes sponsor of Smooth Classics
                                                        • Account gains and losses
                                                          • John Lewis appoints Adam & Eve to handle its £20 million adverting account
                                                          • Advertising Expenditure

                                                              • Figure 15: Total advertising expenditure by all advertisers (£M), Nov 2004-Nov 2008
                                                              • Figure 16: Total advertising expenditure by all retail advertisers (£M), Nov 2004-Nov 2008
                                                            • Use of media
                                                              • Figure 17: Use of media by retail and all advertisers (£m), Nov 2004-Nov 2008
                                                              • Figure 18: Use of media by retail and all advertisers (%), Nov 2007-Nov 2008
                                                            • Top 25 retail advertisers
                                                              • Figure 19: Top 25 retailers by adspend (£), Oct 2008-Nov 2008
                                                          • The Month in UK Retailing

                                                            • Grocers
                                                              • Asda pledges to create 7,000 jobs
                                                                • Iceland sales surge 16%
                                                                  • Morrisons
                                                                    • …enjoys market-beating Christmas sales
                                                                      • …wades into supermarket price war
                                                                        • Somerfield reports strong Christmas trading
                                                                          • Spar UK reveals fruitful festive period
                                                                            • Tesco
                                                                              • …sees LFLs rise 2.5%
                                                                                • …urges suppliers to cut prices
                                                                                  • Waitrose to create more than 2,500 jobs
                                                                                    • Off-licences
                                                                                      • Thresher owner shuts 100 stores
                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                          • Austin Reed announces Viyella deal
                                                                                            • Burberry reports LFL drop
                                                                                              • Jacques Vert LFLs drop 5.4%
                                                                                                • Mosaic puts Shoe Studio up for sale
                                                                                                  • Matalan reports LFLs increase
                                                                                                    • Monsoon FY profits up 12%
                                                                                                      • New Look
                                                                                                        • …confirms Netherlands expansion
                                                                                                          • …posts FY loss
                                                                                                            • Primark sales rise 18% in Q1
                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                • Barratts and Priceless shoes slip into administration
                                                                                                                  • Stylo assesses options after suspending shares
                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                      • Argos to withdraw from India
                                                                                                                        • Mothercare meets expectations in Q3
                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                            • Baugur
                                                                                                                              • … files for bankruptcy protection
                                                                                                                                • … assets eyed by investors
                                                                                                                                  • M&S chairman reiterates Chinese expansion despite errors
                                                                                                                                    • Home Retail Group acquires Chad Valley
                                                                                                                                      • The White Company sees FY sales soar
                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                          • Beales reveals full-year loss
                                                                                                                                            • Debenhams appoints Lazard to review capital structure
                                                                                                                                              • John Lewis expansion plans delayed
                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • Homebase LFLs decline
                                                                                                                                                    • Topps Tiles suffers sales drop
                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • Carphone Warehouse sees LFLs rise
                                                                                                                                                          • DSGi
                                                                                                                                                            • …reports 10% LFL drop
                                                                                                                                                              • …mulls rights issue
                                                                                                                                                                • Empire Direct falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                  • Kesa Electricals
                                                                                                                                                                    • …sees sales slide 5.5% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                      • …instructs suppliers to pay for shop floor displays
                                                                                                                                                                        • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • Game Group sees FY profits ahead of expectations
                                                                                                                                                                            • HMV group sales up 3%
                                                                                                                                                                              • Zavvi management makes offer for the company
                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Allied Carpets in talks with Hilco over sale
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpetright reveals further LFL decline in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Land of Leather
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …closes 33 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Smallbone secures £5.9m financing package
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sofa Workshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …bought out by founder
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …slides into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Adili sees festive sales rocket
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Amazon posts Q4 profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Asos sees sales surge 118%
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Flying Brands suffers drop in LFLs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Grattan unveils "streamlining plans"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ideal Shopping enjoys better-than-expected Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to lay off 1,150 people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to relaunch Woolworths online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports 11% sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to merge with D&A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Clinton Cards reveals poor Christmas results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • WH Smith maintains margins despite 5% drop in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …posts loss after poor Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to pay £8.3m for loan deferment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …chief suspended
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …looks to place lifestyle division in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Aurum calls in Ernst & Young to review business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Games Workshop swings to £3m H1 profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Halfords suffers festive sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pets at Home LFLs up 10%

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