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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: this month, the focus falls on clothing and footwear retailers .

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.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Christmas 2010
      • Big retailers, big centres fared better
        • 2011
          • When is a price war not a price war?
            • When it’s a marketing gimmick
              • Onus of proof
                • Could a price war work?
                  • The cynical view
                    • A bankrupt idea
                    • Headlines for the Month

                      • Food retailers
                        • Off licences
                          • Clothing retailers
                            • Footwear retailers
                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                • Department stores
                                  • DIY stores
                                    • Electricals
                                      • Furniture retailers
                                        • Health and beauty
                                          • Books and stationery
                                            • Sports and leisure goods
                                            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                                • Retail sales trends
                                                  • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                                • BRC and Christmas trade
                                                  • Figure 2: Trading statements for Christmas 2010
                                                  • Figure 3: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2009-10
                                                • John Lewis
                                                  • Figure 4: John Lewis: year-on-year growth, 2009-10
                                                • Inflation and wages
                                                  • Figure 5: RPI vs average weekly earnings growth, 2008-10
                                                • Inflation remains uncomfortably high
                                                  • Figure 6: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-10
                                                • Looking forward
                                                  • The pattern of retail sales growth in early 2011
                                                  • Sector Focus – Clothing and Footwear Retailers

                                                      • Consumer expenditure
                                                        • Figure 7: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 2000-09
                                                      • Sales trends
                                                        • Figure 8: Clothing and footwear specialist retailers, sales trends, 2000-2010 (Q1-3)
                                                      • Inflation set to return
                                                          • Figure 9: Deflation in clothing and footwear, 1999-2010 (Q1-3)
                                                        • Sharp falls
                                                          • Figure 10: Clothing and footwear specialists’ sales as % of all retail sales, 2001-10 (e)
                                                        • Subsectors
                                                            • Figure 11: Breakdown of clothing and footwear retailers’ value sales, by sub-sector, 2000-10
                                                          • Retail price inflation
                                                            • Figure 12: Indices of retail prices for key product categories, 2000-10
                                                          • Clothing sector
                                                              • Figure 13: Clothing specialists: leading clothing retailers’ sales, 2009/10
                                                            • Footwear
                                                                • Figure 14: Footwear specialists: leading footwear retailers’ sales, 2009/10
                                                            • News Analysis

                                                              • Grocers
                                                                • Asda
                                                                  • …chairman steps down
                                                                    • …reports "good" Christmas performance
                                                                      • …vows to be 10% cheaper than its rivals
                                                                        • Co-op raises store opening drive
                                                                          • Iceland Foods could be target for Middle East consortium
                                                                            • Morrisons sees like-for-likes up 1%
                                                                              • Nisa reports strong Christmas trading figures
                                                                                • Tesco
                                                                                  • …launches online 'Boxing Day' sale
                                                                                    • …names new UK board
                                                                                      • …fascia One Stop acquires 77 stores from Mills
                                                                                        • Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's kick off price cuts
                                                                                          • Waitrose
                                                                                            • …sees most successful Christmas on record
                                                                                              • …to open 39 new stores
                                                                                                • …weekly sales rise 8.7%
                                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                                    • Majestic Wine reports strong Christmas performance
                                                                                                      • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                        • Agent Provocateur to report profit growth
                                                                                                          • Alexon sales fall won't affect long-term plans
                                                                                                            • H&M sees sales rise after Lanvin success
                                                                                                              • LVMH increases Hermes stake to 20%
                                                                                                                • Next sees £22 million in lost sales due to bad weather
                                                                                                                  • Paul Smith sees profits rise
                                                                                                                    • PPR ends Burberry speculation
                                                                                                                      • Reiss' recession initiative increases EBITDA
                                                                                                                        • Republic gains Andy Bond as new chairman
                                                                                                                          • SuperGroup
                                                                                                                            • …first half pre-tax profit up 86%
                                                                                                                              • …shares dive
                                                                                                                                • Topshop plans to 'double' sales
                                                                                                                                  • Zara owner sees sales grow by 14%
                                                                                                                                    • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                      • Barratts Priceless posts £6.1 million profit
                                                                                                                                        • Office bought by Silverfleet
                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                            • Mothercare issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                              • M&S
                                                                                                                                                • …chairman Sir Stuart Rose steps down
                                                                                                                                                  • …considers bank opening in 55 stores
                                                                                                                                                    • …posts 2.8% Christmas like-for-like rise
                                                                                                                                                      • …to open first store in Egypt and third in China
                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                          • Debenhams like-for-likes slow
                                                                                                                                                            • Harvey Nichols reports record Sale
                                                                                                                                                              • House of Fraser sees strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                  • …clearance is sales record
                                                                                                                                                                    • …invests record £250m
                                                                                                                                                                      • …mid-week sales up 12%
                                                                                                                                                                        • …Partnership sees record week of sales
                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales exceed £120m
                                                                                                                                                                            • …sees continuing strong trade
                                                                                                                                                                              • …total sales up 8.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                • Laura Ashley store streamlining improves profitability
                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topps Tiles' Christmas sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Travis Perkins sees sales improve
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wickes
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sees sales growth as shoppers buy ahead of VAT rise
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …signs POS finance deal
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Best Buy sales up 2% in third quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dixons launches new Black format
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jessops on track to make EBITDA profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Phones4U sale falls through
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Carpetright profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dunelm Christmas like-for-likes fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • United Carpets posts "solid" performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ocado ends year with strong Christmas trading sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Christmas sales up 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to launch new brand targeting mature market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Boots to expand drive-through pharmacy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lush Christmas sales up 6.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Body Shop seeks growth in India
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Clinton Cards warns on profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • HMV to shut 60 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • WH Smith lose group marketing director Richard Cristofoli to Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Europe: Nike sales in Western Europe drop 7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Blacks Leisure Group sees good December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Sports reports strong Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports Direct sees profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Theo Fennell warns on profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Games Workshop warns on conditions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: European consumer confidence relapses as trade deficit grows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: VAT rise lowers consumer confidence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 2011 VAT rise by country:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports retail sector like-for-likes fell 0.3% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …warns on Boxing Day tube strike disruption
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis, M&S and Tesco among those holding off VAT rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Localism Bill is "body blow" for retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK retail sales up 0.3% in November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • West End Christmas sales up on last year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                About the report

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This report will give you a complete 360-degree view of your market. Not only is it rooted in robust proprietary and high-quality third-party data, but our industry experts put that data into context and you’ll quickly understand:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Consumer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Competitors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Innovations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Trends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Please Note: This is a sample report. All of the figures, graphs, and tables have been redacted.

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