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UK Retail Briefing - July 2018

This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment Amazon Prime Day 2018.
  • On overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Clothing and Food Retailing - UK.
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

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  1. Analyst Comment – Amazon Prime Day 2018

      • The Prime Day ticket
        • Figure 1: Membership of Amazon Prime, March 2017-18
      • The biggest event to date, on and offline
        • Figure 2: Amazon UK home page – Prime Day, July 2018
        • Figure 3: All Saints Prime Day offer, July 2018
        • Figure 4: Take That at Unbox Prime Day, July 2018
        • Figure 5: Amazon Smile Boxes London, July 2018
      • The deals: a broader market place
        • Figure 6: Amazon devices Prime Day 2018, July 2018
        • Figure 7: Amazon Handmade Prime Day 2018, July 2018
      • Rivals retreat?
        • Figure 8: Currys PC World event, July 2018
      • What it means
      • UK Retail Sales

        • Key points
          • Retail sales
              • Figure 9: Retail sales trends, 2017/18
              • Figure 10: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2016-18
            • John Lewis
              • Figure 11: John Lewis Department Stores: year-on-year growth, Apr 2017-Jun 2018
            • Inflation
              • Figure 12: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2016-17
            • Inflation and wages
              • Figure 13: Real wages growth: wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2015-Jun 2018
            • Confidence
              • Figure 14: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2015-June 2018
            • Looking forward
            • Sector Focus – Clothing and Footwear

                • Footwear and clothing specialists underperforming
                  • Figure 15: Annual % change in value clothing and footwear retail sales, non-seasonally adjusted, by month, Jan 2017-Jun 2018
                  • Figure 16: Annual % change in volume clothing and footwear retail sales, non-seasonally adjusted, by month, Jan 2017-Jun 2018
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 17: CPI: annual % change in the price of clothing and footwear (incl. repairs), Jan 2017-Jun 2018
                • Consumer spending peaks in second half of 2017
                  • Figure 18: Consumer spending on clothing and footwear, at current prices, non-seasonally adjusted, Q1 2017-Q1 2018
                • Middle market continues to be squeezed
                  • Figure 19: Attitudes to shopping for clothes, July 2017
              • Launch Activity and Innovations

                • UK: Asda launches online nutritional search tool
                  • UK: Tesco testing new checkout-free Scan Pay Go app
                    • UK: Next to introduce wedding dress concession
                      • UK: Argos launches augmented reality for TV buying
                        • UK: Harvey Nichols rolls out omnichannel tech platform
                          • UK: Screwfix opens first net zero energy store
                          • Headlines for the Month

                            • Co-ops
                              • Grocers
                                • Clothing retailing
                                  • Footwear retailing
                                    • Mixed Goods retailing
                                      • Department stores
                                        • Electrical retailing
                                          • Carpet retailing
                                            • Home Shopping
                                            • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                              • Co-ops
                                                • UK: The Co-op
                                                  • …£15 million bid for Costcutter rejected
                                                    • …buys four Little Waitrose stores
                                                      • Grocers
                                                        • UK: Iceland
                                                          • …launches tech start-up collaborator program
                                                            • …trialling initiative to scrap plastic bags
                                                              • …sales up in 2017
                                                                • UK: Lidl to create 300 new jobs in Scotland
                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                    • …extends partnership with Patisserie Valerie to more bakery counters
                                                                      • …retail sales rise 0.8%
                                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                                          • …and Carrefour create global strategic alliance
                                                                            • …UK chief executive steps down due to illness
                                                                              • …drop brand guarantee
                                                                                • …group like-for-likes up in Q1
                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                    • UK: Majestic Wine full year sales grow thanks to Naked Wines
                                                                                    • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                      • UK: Anthropologie appoints Peter Ruis
                                                                                        • UK: AX | Armani Exchange opens standalone store in Liverpool ONE
                                                                                          • UK: Bonmarché
                                                                                            • …profits increase alongside sales dip
                                                                                              • …cuts 140 jobs
                                                                                                • UK: Calvetron Brands
                                                                                                  • …to close 102 Jacques Vert and Precis concessions
                                                                                                    • …to close all remaining concessions
                                                                                                      • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill withdraws Wyevale takeover bid
                                                                                                        • UK: Henri Lloyd survives administration but sells five stores
                                                                                                          • UK: Matalan reveals strong first quarter revenue growth
                                                                                                            • UK: Matchesfashion launches homeware range
                                                                                                              • UK: Mothercare to ramp up store closures
                                                                                                                • UK: Mulberry profits up 36% as it announces South Korea expansion
                                                                                                                  • UK: New Look reports underlying operating loss of £74.3 million
                                                                                                                    • UK: Primark reveals 7% uplift in sales during Q3
                                                                                                                      • UK: Superdry delivers double-digit growth in 2017
                                                                                                                        • UK: Ted Baker revenues up 4.2%
                                                                                                                          • UK: Clarks boss resigns
                                                                                                                            • UK: Footasylum revenues jumps by a third in full year results
                                                                                                                              • UK: Karen Millen signs footwear deal with Pentland Brands
                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Mixed Goods Retailing

                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                  • …founder reportedly considering a return to the high street
                                                                                                                                    • …first-half like-for-like sales up
                                                                                                                                      • …to trade Pep&Co in 300 locations
                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Original Factory Shop
                                                                                                                                          • …CVA gets the go-ahead
                                                                                                                                            • …set to close 32 stores
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundworld
                                                                                                                                                • …enters administration
                                                                                                                                                  • …to cut 98 head office staff
                                                                                                                                                    • …to start ‘closing down’ sales
                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Multi-sector Retailing

                                                                                                                                                      • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                        • …decides not to publish interim results
                                                                                                                                                          • …and Microsoft launch strategic partnership
                                                                                                                                                            • …may drop its Per Una brand
                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                  • …rescue plan faces vote
                                                                                                                                                                    • …gains breathing space from lenders
                                                                                                                                                                      • …CVA voted through
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                          • …issues third profit warning of 2018
                                                                                                                                                                            • …offers space to local food producers
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                • …sets out plan for the future
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …trials clothing buyback scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …selects finalists to join retail tech innovation programme
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …unveils rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Homebase to cut over 300 head office jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Topps Tiles reports like-for-likes decline of 2.3% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons Carphone profit before tax falls 23.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carpetright reports drop in sales and profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dunelm digital director leaves role
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Habitat to open two new standalone stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mattressman closes over half of its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Steinhoff posts a loss of €599 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Amazon launches Home Services offering in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …bans mohair, silk and cashmere products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …US Supreme Court tax decision hits ASOS share price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boohoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches collaboration with Paris Hilton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sales up 53% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Kleeneze IP bought by Ultimate Products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown product revenue falls in Q1 as store closures considered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ocado first-half revenue up, but earnings down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Trouva expands into Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Superdrug profits and sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and Leisure Goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Foot Locker opens largest European store in Liverpool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: JD Sports continues expansion and sales are on track
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct disposes of Finish Line and acquires stake in Iconix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Aurum Holdings prepares for flotation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and Games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Games Workshop full year results sees £5 million bonus for staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports decline in non-food prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …like-for-like retail sales up 1.1% in June 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …footfall begins to improve in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hammerson reportedly undergoing strategy review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: May retail sales up 6.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Pride in London opens pop-up shop in Soho

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