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Description

Description

Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month’s focus is on DIY and Furniture retailing.

This sector focus looks at:

  • Growth of the furniture retail sector tracked against inflation
  • Furniture & DIY specialists sector sales, 2013-15
  • Impact of the growth in the housing market
  • Recent developments within the furniture retail sector.
  • We also include an Analyst's Comment looking at the online retailing sector.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Online – Trying to get a sense of proportion
      • 1. Is it necessary to have an online offer?
        • 2. The corollary
          • 3. Drawbacks
            • The elephant in the room
            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

              • Key points
                • Retail sales trends
                  • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2014/15
                  • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2013-15
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2014
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 4: The income squeeze: Wages growth vs inflation, 2009-14
                  • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2014
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Focus – DIY and Furniture Retailing

                  • Key points
                    • Retail sales: A good year for both categories
                      • Figure 6: DIY and hardware specialists’ sector sales: Annual % change, January 2013-January 2015
                      • Figure 7: Furniture and lighting specialists’ sector sales: annual% change, January 2013-January 2015
                    • Record levels of low inflation
                      • Figure 8: Annual% change in consumer price index for furniture, household equipment & routine maintenance and overall CPI, January 2014- January 2015
                    • Housing market continues to improve
                      • Figure 9: Number of UK residential property transactions, non-seasonally adjusted, January 2013-December 2014
                    • Furniture news analysis
                      • Sofa retailers head to the market
                        • Sofa.com acquired
                          • New 200-store floorings chain to launch in summer 2015
                          • Headlines for the Month

                            • Grocers
                              • Other food specialists
                                • Clothing retailing
                                  • Footwear retailing
                                    • Department stores
                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                        • Electrical retailing
                                          • Music and video goods retailing
                                            • Furniture and DIY retailing
                                              • Home shopping
                                                • Book and stationery retailing
                                                  • Economy
                                                  • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                    • Convenience stores
                                                      • UK: Booker to expand its Family Shopper banner
                                                        • UK: Conviviality Retail purchases all GT News stores
                                                          • UK: McColl’s posts ‘resilient’ Christmas sales
                                                            • UK: Scotmid reveals first ‘food to go’ outlet
                                                              • UK: Spar UK sales up 5%
                                                                • Grocers
                                                                  • UK: Aldi to open 70 new stores in 2015
                                                                    • UK: Asda
                                                                      • …chief announces changes to executive team
                                                                        • …prepared to invest £170m in superstores
                                                                          • ...teams up with Timpson Dry Cleaners
                                                                            • UK: Budgens unveils new concept for smaller stores
                                                                              • UK: Grocery market grows over Christmas
                                                                                • UK: Lidl sales up 20% over Christmas
                                                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                    • …CEO steps down as sales fall
                                                                                      • …considers appointing David Potts
                                                                                        • …like-for-likes fall 3.1% during the Christmas period
                                                                                          • …to sell three stores for £100m
                                                                                            • …to close salary-linked pension schemes
                                                                                              • UK: Sainsbury’s to cut 500 jobs
                                                                                                • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                  • …appoints two agencies
                                                                                                    • …CIO leaves for Target
                                                                                                      • …close to Blinkbox Music sale
                                                                                                        • …creates shopping app for Google Glass
                                                                                                          • …facing investigation by Groceries Code Adjudicator
                                                                                                            • …implements online community for suppliers
                                                                                                              • …makes further senior personnel cuts
                                                                                                                • …narrows down the search for chairman role
                                                                                                                  • …reveals the 43 stores facing closure
                                                                                                                    • …to close Blinkbox Books
                                                                                                                      • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                        • …announces 2015 expansion plans
                                                                                                                          • …alters free hot drink deal
                                                                                                                            • Off-licences
                                                                                                                              • UK: Bargain Booze sales dip 0.4% in first half
                                                                                                                                • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Greggs reports a ‘very strong Christmas’
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Naked Wines reports on a ‘bumper’ Christmas
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Thorntons reports strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Austin Reed Group
                                                                                                                                            • …to close 31 stores
                                                                                                                                              • …CVA gains approval
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bank gains interest
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: BHS up for sale
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Bonmarché sales up 6.1% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry Q3 retail sales increase 15%
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jules B owners invest to make up for accounting errors
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Karen Millen’s losses double
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mamas & Papas widens losses
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Matalan Q3 sales down 7.7%
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mothercare UK like-for-likes edge up over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: New Look like-for-like sales fall 1.7%
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Phase Eight bought for £238m
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Pretty Green sales climb by a third
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: SuperGroup sales rise 12.4%
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The White Company sales jump 14.4%
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: TM Lewin returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: White Stuff sees strong uplift at Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                • Footwear and accessories retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Kurt Geiger
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …enters children’s footwear market
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports Christmas boost
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jimmy Choo grows revenues by 12%
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Office receives official warning following customer data breach
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Radley increases turnover by 13%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shoe Zone sales drop 10.8% in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shoon put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Beales accepts offer from English Rose
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams hosts Bestseller’s first UK concessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Harrods to stock smart running jackets
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …closes Defined Benefit pension scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …makes changes to holiday pay policy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to open third distribution centre in Milton Keynes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley increases put option in Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …like-for-like sales flat over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to exclusively stock Cherokee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to open digital shops in Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: B&M Q3 sales surge 28.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Marks and Spencer poaches Next’s head of menswear design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Original Factory Shop report record-breaking Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts revenue growth of 9.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to acquire 99p stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dixons Carphone report ‘strong’ Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dixons Carphone signs new partnership with EE and launches own mobile service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Rent-to-own retailers to be investigated by the FCA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Three owners in talks to buy O2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Game issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: HMV sales up 17.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture and DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Carpetright like-for-like sales increase 7.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: DFS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to target valuation of £1bn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ikea grows sales by 11.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Made.com opens digital showroom in Soho
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sofa.com sold for £50m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: AO World Q3 revenues increase 38%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …founder sells £20m worth of shares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports positive Christmas growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: First beacon-enabled click-and-collect system launched
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: International appetite for UK brands increases
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …Christmas trading up 14.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports first annual pre-tax profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …teams up with Marie Claire for online beauty store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches first mobile app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …growth driven by Very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: AS Watson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …posts strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to acquire Dirx Drugstores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Bestway to rebrand Co-operative Pharmacies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Blackwell's returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Card Factory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …eyes up Paperchase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …revenues up 8.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Foyles appoint new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Paperchase increases like-for-likes by 3.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: WH Smith sees high street sales fall 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Evans Cycles draws interest from Mike Ashley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Halfords report bumper Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JD Sports like-for-likes jump 12%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sports Direct facing claim from zero-hour workers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Pets at Home has a ‘robust’ quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Crime costs the retail industry £603m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: December retail sales decline 0.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales grow 2.5% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop prices fell 1.3% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: UK retail sales edge up 0.2% in January

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Competitors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Market

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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