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UK Retail Briefing - July 2019

This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment - Retail Industry Cycles
  • An overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Clothing and Footwear retailing - UK.
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Retail Cycles

      • Sports Direct
        • EWM
          • Where next?
          • UK Retail Sales

            • Key points
              • Retail sales
                • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, May 2018 – June 2019
              • BRC vs ONS
                • “Small retailers” vs “large retailers”
                  • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, May 2017-May 2019
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 3: John Lewis Department Stores: Year-on-Year Growth, January 2018 – July 2019
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 4: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, June 2018- June 2019
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 5: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2017 – Jun 2019
                • Consumer confidence
                  • Figure 6: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2017 – May 2019
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Focus – Clothing and Footwear

                    • Just a few positive straws in the wind
                      • Tough times for the store based retailers
                        • Figure 7: Growth in sales, all retailers, clothing and footwear retailers, 2018-19
                      • Sales volume data highlights the boost from discounting
                        • Figure 8: Growth in sales volumes, all retailers, clothing and footwear retailers, 2018-19
                      • Inflation moderating at last
                        • Figure 9: Inflation: Clothing and footwear and CPIH, January 2018-June 2019
                      • Consumer spending on clothing and footwear has held up well
                        • Figure 10: Clothing and footwear specialists sales relative to all spending on clothing and footwear, 2000-2018
                      • Current state of the market leaders
                        • Figure 11: Leading clothing specialists, share of all spending on clothing, 2017
                        • Figure 12: Performance of leading clothing specialists, 2018
                      • Where next?
                      • Launch Activity and Innovations

                        • UK: Co-op to trial compostable packaging at Glastonbury in crackdown on plastics
                          • UK: Asda expands partnership with Just Eat for 30 minute grocery deliveries
                            • UK: Amazon set to open second Clicks & Mortar store in Cardiff
                              • UK: Asos incorporates AR virtual catwalk into iOS app
                                • UK: Westfield London shopping centre opens AI powered fashion pop-up
                                • Headlines for the Month

                                  • Grocers
                                    • Clothing retailing
                                      • Department stores
                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                          • Carpet retailing
                                            • Electrical retailing
                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                • Homewares retailing
                                                  • Home shopping
                                                    • Economy
                                                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                      • Co-ops
                                                        • UK: Co-op ramps up sustainability targets to further reduce emissions by 50% by 2025
                                                          • Grocers
                                                            • UK: Asda pledges to scrap plastic bags from online deliveries
                                                              • UK: Costco UK sales hit £2.5 billion
                                                                • UK: Musgrave NI reveal expansion plans
                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury’s sales fall 1.2% in the first quarter
                                                                    • UK: Waitrose looks to differentiate through higher level training investment
                                                                    • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                      • Clothing retailing
                                                                        • UK: After months of speculation Monsoon Accessorize creditors approve its CVA
                                                                          • UK: Bonmarché seeks rescue bid after challenging quarter
                                                                            • UK: Dolce & Gabbana reveals plus-size women's wear range
                                                                              • UK: H&M leads BCI sustainable cotton sourcing ranking
                                                                                • UK: Hackett teams up with British & Irish Lions
                                                                                  • UK: James Lakeland launches first standalone store in the Midlands
                                                                                    • UK: Jack Wills heading towards a cash crunch after trading plummeted during spring
                                                                                      • UK: Joules launches its first ever men's formalwear collection
                                                                                        • UK: Julian Dunkerton ‘steadies ship’ after Superdry see plunging loss in profit
                                                                                          • UK: Mulberry posts profits loss amid challenging UK retail market
                                                                                            • UK: Primark
                                                                                              • …like-for-like sales rise, underpinned by new stores
                                                                                                • …founder, chair and former chief executive, passes away at age 83
                                                                                                  • UK: Quiz full year pre-tax profit down 97%
                                                                                                    • UK: The Hut Group posts sharp sales and profit growth
                                                                                                      • UK: Topshop launches beauty line on Zalando
                                                                                                        • UK: White Stuff to source sustainable cotton in Fairtrade pledge
                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                            • UK: Harvey Nichols
                                                                                                              • …post strong profits growth
                                                                                                                • …overseas sales boosted by localised checkout
                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                    • UK: M&S warns of more store closures
                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright report revenue and profits loss
                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                            • UK: Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                              • …results dragged down by mobile division
                                                                                                                                • …to axe 140 office jobs as part of turnaround
                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Bathstore nearing administration
                                                                                                                                      • UK: JYSK store opening in Bradford
                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dunelm
                                                                                                                                            • …sales soar for Dunelm giving way to significant opportunities
                                                                                                                                              • …full-year profits set to beat previous expectations
                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                • UK: Amazon trials pop-up station kiosks
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Asos poised to axe 100 jobs in battle to revive its fortune
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Fashion app Depop grabs $62 million investment
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hush opens two northern pop-up stores
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: N Brown revenue slips despite digital growth
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ocado says Andover fire cost more than £100m
                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                            • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                • …to axe plastic bags from 53 UK stores
                                                                                                                                                                  • …confirms plans to shut down 200 stores
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Superdrug profits slip as sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: 1,000 new jobs created with VPZ plans to open 200 new stores
                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Adidas and Stella McCartney launch hoodie made from 100% liquified cotton
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: JD Sports are confident of delivering headline profits
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sportswear brand Lululemon launches self-care product range
                                                                                                                                                                                • Toys & games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Game management tell shareholders to accept Mike Ashley offer
                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales reported to be 'worst June on record'

                                                                                                                                                                                    UK Retail Briefing - July 2019

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