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Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month’s focus is on the clothing and footwear sector.

This sector focus looks at:

  • Inflationary factors affecting the category
  • Retail sales performance in the category
  • Clothing shopping behaviour, in terms of those that say they have bought in the category and those that plan to.

We also include an Analyst's Comment looking at how Dixons Carphone has performed since the merger.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Fighting back against the web
      • The conclusion
        • Currys outperforming
          • Service
            • Looking forward
            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

              • Key points
                • Retail sales trends
                  • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2014/15
                  • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC versus ONS, 2013-15
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 3: John Lewis: year-on-year growth, 2014-15
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 4: The income squeeze: Wages growth versus inflation, 2010-15
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2014-15
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Focus – Clothing and Footwear Retailing

                    • Key points
                      • Retail sales
                        • Figure 6: Retail sales: Annual percentage change in retail sales in the categories clothing and footwear and leather goods, January 2014-May 2015
                      • Inflation
                        • Figure 7: CPI: Annual percentage change in the clothing and footwear categories, May 2014-May 2015
                      • Tracking clothing purchases
                        • Figure 8: Percentage of indivduals that have purchased new clothes, January 2013-March 2015
                        • Figure 9: Percentage of individuals who plan to buy new clothes, January 2013-March 2015
                      • What we think
                      • Headlines for the Month

                        • Grocers
                          • Convenience stores
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                • Department stores
                                  • Home shopping
                                    • Home and DIY retailing
                                      • Economy
                                      • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                        • Grocers
                                          • UK: Asda suffers a 3.9% fall in like-for-likes
                                            • UK: Campaigners petition for supermarkets to donate food waste
                                              • UK: Co-op members fail to back reformed pay plans
                                                • UK: Iceland sales fall 0.5% in 2014
                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                    • …announces next round of price cuts
                                                      • …the only of the ‘big four’ to increase sales
                                                        • …updates its food and wine ranges
                                                          • UK: Sainsbury’s like-for-likes fall 2.1%
                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                              • …appoints Deloitte as auditors
                                                                • …looks to sell mobile division
                                                                  • …partners with FareShare to cut food waste
                                                                    • …raising awareness of concept stores with mobile coupons
                                                                      • …to close remaining HomePlus stores
                                                                        • UK: Waitrose
                                                                          • …introduces personalised loyalty scheme
                                                                            • …launches a delivery scheme for vulnerable customers
                                                                              • Convenience and forecourt retailers
                                                                                • UK: Booker Group to purchase Budgens and Londis
                                                                                  • UK: Spar to be trialled at Roadchef motorway service areas
                                                                                    • UK: Welcome Break awaits European consolidation
                                                                                      • Other food specialists
                                                                                        • UK: Conviviality Retail forecasts revenue to increase 2%
                                                                                          • UK: Farmdrop gains investment for growth
                                                                                            • UK: Farmfoods reports record sales
                                                                                              • UK: Thorntons chief executive steps down
                                                                                              • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                • Clothing and accessories retailing
                                                                                                  • UK: Austin Reed secures three year loan
                                                                                                    • UK: Barbour posts 10% jump in sales
                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry grows revenues by 11%
                                                                                                        • UK: Cambridge Satchel Company opens first men’s store
                                                                                                          • UK: Clarks suffers a ‘challenging’ year
                                                                                                            • UK: French store Merci plots Kings Cross opening
                                                                                                              • UK: H&M reveals next designer collaboration
                                                                                                                • UK: JD Sports reopens former Bank stores
                                                                                                                  • UK: Missguided opens physical store space in the UK
                                                                                                                    • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                      • …chairman leaves following acquisition
                                                                                                                        • …drives revenues up 3.4%
                                                                                                                          • UK: Moss Bros sales rise 6.4%
                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare
                                                                                                                              • …boss plots further store updates
                                                                                                                                • …profits rise 37%
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pandora increases revenues by 36.8%
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Pretty Green expands with House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Schuh pays bonus to staff
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Seraphina opens first UK pop-up
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shoe Zone revenues fall amidst store closures
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ted Baker unveils new & Moore store concept
                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Apple Pay to launch in the UK in July
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: B&M profits soar 55.7%
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Findel decides against selling Kitbag
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Marks and Spencer
                                                                                                                                                        • …reports first rise in profits for four years
                                                                                                                                                          • …to stock branded trainers
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mike Ashley launches new discount retailer Mega Value
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundworld sells majority stake to TPG
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop Direct closes Woolworths website
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Original Factory Shop gains investment for growth
                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BHS
                                                                                                                                                                        • …partners with Claire’s Accessories
                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales slide 1.1% in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Harvey Nichols launches app based loyalty scheme
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                • …introduces online booking system
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …makes changes to buying structure
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Liberty to go public within three years
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dixons Carphone like-for-likes climb 13%
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Gear4Music
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …announces flotation plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …eyes flagship store following IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: HMV to relaunch online service within weeks
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to start paying corporation tax in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …UK marketplace drives £1bn exports
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: AO sales grow 23.8% in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Boohoo sales grow 35% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Farfetch acquires Browns to create the ‘store of the future’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Google confirms 'buy button' launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: HMV to relaunch online service within weeks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop Direct announces an end to physical catalogues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Card Factory revenues up 7.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Smiggle plots further expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: WH Smith group sales edge up 1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bestway unveils first Well stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reintroduces staff bonus scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reveals plan to cut 700 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Holland & Barrett hosts vegan cafe concession
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home and DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ikea experiments with small-format store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Kingfisher UK sales up 2.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Loaf reveals plans for first store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mattressman seeks physical store space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Pets at Home delivers 9.6% revenue growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Topps Tiles sales grow 6.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Halfords retail revenues rise 6.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Marka acquires 65% stake in Icons Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mountain Warehouse sales leap 20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …announces new CFO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …raises profit outlook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail sales edge up 0.9% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Retail sales flat in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Retail sales grow 2.4% in April, says BRC

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Trends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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