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This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment - So it wasn't that bad a Christmas after all
  • An overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Online retailing - UK.
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – So it wasn’t that bad a Christmas after all

      • Sales in December up 2.1%
        • Figure 1: Retail performance by sector, December 2018 and all 2018
      • Food retailers finishing on a weak note
        • Figure 2: Food retailers Xmas sales performance, 2018
      • Clothing – the good, the bad and the …
        • Figure 3: Clothing retailers Xmas sales performance, 2018
      • Department stores
        • Figure 4: Department stores Xmas sales performance, 2018
      • Non-store still growing strongest overall
        • Figure 5: Non-store retailers Xmas sales performance, 2018
      • The elephant in the room
        • Online vs the high street
          • Nowhere to hide
            • Lessons for 2019
            • UK Retail Sales

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                  • Figure 6: Retail sales trends, 2017/18
                • BRC vs ONS
                  • Figure 7: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, July 2016- December 2018
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 8: John Lewis Department Stores: Year-on-Year Growth, Aug 2017- Dec 2018
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 9: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2016-17
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 10: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2016- Dec 2018
                • Confidence
                  • Figure 11: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2016 – November 2019
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Focus – Online Retailing

                    • Online sales grow 15% in 2018
                      • Figure 12: All online retail sales, annual growth by month, non-seasonally adjusted, 2017-18
                    • Online share of sales steadily increasing
                      • Figure 13: Online share of all retail sales, monthly, 2017-18
                    • Share of online sales equally split
                      • Figure 14: Share of online sales, store-based vs pureplay retailers, 2010-18
                    • Why people shop for fashion online
                      • Figure 15: Why consumers shop online for clothing, August 2018
                  • Launch Activity and Innovations

                    • UK: Iceland trials reverse vending machine
                      • UK: Morrisons introduces £1 fruit and vegetable box scheme
                        • UK: The John Lewis Partnership to test farmbots
                          • UK: Vodafone opens experiential store on Oxford Street
                          • Headlines for the Month

                            • Co-ops
                              • Grocers
                                • Off-licences
                                  • Clothing retailing
                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                      • Department stores
                                        • Electrical retailing
                                          • Furniture retailing
                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                            • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                              • Co-ops
                                                • UK: Co-op to open 100 new food stores this year
                                                  • Grocers
                                                    • UK: Aldi has its most profitable festive period yet
                                                      • UK: Booths own-brand products now sold at Dobbies garden centres
                                                        • UK: Morrisons
                                                          • …posts fourth consecutive year of Christmas sales increase
                                                            • …to slash the price of more than 900 products
                                                              • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                • …and Asda apply for judicial review of CMA probe into merger
                                                                  • …like-for-like sales fall 1.1% in Q3
                                                                    • UK: Tesco reports strong Christmas sales
                                                                      • UK: Waitrose banning plastic glitter in Christmas products
                                                                        • Other food specialists
                                                                          • UK: Greggs increases its 2018 profit forecast
                                                                            • Off-licences
                                                                              • UK: Majestic Wine reports 6.8% Christmas sales boost
                                                                              • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                • UK: Blue Inc enters administration
                                                                                  • UK: Bonmarché forecasts potential £4 million loss
                                                                                    • UK: Burberry
                                                                                      • …hires Rod Manley as chief marketing officer
                                                                                        • …teaming up with Vivienne Westwood on first collaboration
                                                                                          • UK: Challenging trading at Primark in November
                                                                                            • UK: FatFace sales improve following tough start to Christmas trading
                                                                                              • UK: Greenwoods collapses into administration
                                                                                                • UK: Joules records 11.7% increase in Christmas sales
                                                                                                  • UK: Missguided reports a pre-tax loss of £46 million
                                                                                                    • UK: Next posts strong sales for Christmas period after disappointing November
                                                                                                      • UK: Superdry
                                                                                                        • …co-founder Julian Dunkerton returns to retailer in effort to save it
                                                                                                          • …half-year profits down by 49%
                                                                                                            • UK: Ted Baker
                                                                                                              • …boss takes leave of absence
                                                                                                                • …retail sales up 12.2% during Christmas trading
                                                                                                                  • UK: Victoria Beckham luxury fashion business makes a loss of £10.2 million for the year
                                                                                                                    • UK: Whistles returns to profit
                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                        • UK: Footasylum cautions on profits
                                                                                                                          • UK: Shoe Zone enjoys a successful year
                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                            • UK: B&M posts 1.6% fall in like-for-like revenues in its third quarter
                                                                                                                              • UK: Home Bargains introduces ‘Quiet Hour’ for customers with autism
                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                  • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                    • …opening first Spanish high street store
                                                                                                                                      • …sales down 2.2%
                                                                                                                                        • …unveils vegan friendly range
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mothercare reports an 11.4% drop in like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams like-for-like sales tumble 3.4% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis Partnership sales up 1.4%
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Selfridges experiences record-breaking Christmas sales performance
                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: First Homebase store sold off as part of its CVA
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Robert Dyas swings to loss
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Topps Tiles sales fall 1.4%
                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dixons Carphone report £440 million pre-tax loss in half year results
                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: United Carpets profit dive
                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Eve Sleep hires chief marketing officer
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: H&M opening second H&M HOME concept store in London
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                            • …announces opening date for new Greenwich store
                                                                                                                                                                              • …Bromley chosen as second location for IKEA city centre format store
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Laura Ashley to close 40 UK stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Victoria Plum to potentially merge with rival Bathstore
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dunelm posts 5.7% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: ASOS revising full year financial expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boohoo issues trading update following ASOS news
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Gear4Music cautions for lower earnings this year
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mahabis enters administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ocado fourth quarter results reveal double-digit increase in revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …hires Tesco convenience boss as chief operating officer
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …posts poor first-quarter sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The Fragrance Shop Christmas trading boosted by online
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Card Factory Christmas sales slip marginally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct profits drop following House of Fraser acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dobbies records bumper Christmas as festive sales bloom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: HMV officially falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Halfords warns on profits as Christmas sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hobbycraft reports strong Christmas trading period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home hires first chief information officer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: November retail sales up by 4.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: retail sales down 0.7% on a like-for-like basis in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: shop prices rise in December despite heavy discounting

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