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Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month, we look at DIY retailing.

This review looks at:

  • Seasonal trends in DIY sales
  • Inflation in DIY items
  • Trends in the property market
  • Consumer attitudes to shopping for DIY goods

We also include an Analyst Comment on Bhs's exit from the market and the gap that it leaves.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • The opportunity at the older end of the market
      • Why did it fail?
        • Opportunities at the older end of the market
          • Two markets
            • Who serves the older market?
              • Figure 1: Social media word cloud for M&S, May 2016
            • The opportunity
            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                  • Figure 2: Retail sales trends, 2015/16
                  • Figure 3: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS March 2014- March 2016
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 4: John Lewis – Year-on-year growth, 2015-16
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 5: Real wages growth: – Wages growth vs inflation, 2010-16
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 6: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2015-16
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Focus – DIY Retailing

                    • Fluctuating retail sales affected by the weather
                      • Figure 7: Annual percentage change in value and volume sales of hardware, paints and glass specialists, non-seasonally adjusted, 2015 – May 2016
                    • Price deflation holding back value sales
                      • Figure 8: Annual percentage change in consumer prices, by DIY categories and overall CPI, Sep 2015 – May 2016
                    • Property market growing, as is renting…
                      • Figure 9: Number of residential property transactions with a value of £40,000+ in the UK, non-seasonally adjusted, Jan 2015 – May 2016
                    • Attitudes to DIY
                      • Figure 10: Attitudes towards shopping for DIY/home improvements products, March 2016
                  • Headlines for the Month

                    • Convenience stores
                      • Grocers
                        • Clothing retailers
                          • Multi-sector retailing
                            • DIY retailing
                              • Electrical retailing
                                • Furniture and homewares retailing
                                  • Home shopping
                                    • Economy
                                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                      • Convenience stores
                                        • UK: Convenience store investment reaches £600m
                                          • UK: My Local looking to divest 10% of store estate
                                            • Grocers
                                              • UK: Aldi to open Shoreditch pop-up wine shop
                                                • UK: Asda
                                                  • …reveals Clarke's future successor
                                                    • …sales decline by 5.7%
                                                      • UK: ‘Big four’ retain shoppers in flat grocery market
                                                        • UK: Guess How Much! discount store opens its doors
                                                          • UK: Iceland
                                                            • …partners with mum vloggers for new campaign
                                                              • …sees like-for-likes slide but profits remain flat
                                                                • UK: Morrisons
                                                                  • …in nationwide tie-up with Timpson
                                                                    • …relaunches loyalty card as Morrisons More
                                                                      • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                        • …Argos deal facing watchdog probe
                                                                          • …equips shoppers with smart fridges to tackle food waste
                                                                            • …finance chief John Rogers to take the reins at Home Retail
                                                                              • …like-for-like sales dip 0.8%
                                                                                • UK: Tesco
                                                                                  • …F&F clothing to be subject to Direct delivery charges
                                                                                    • …confirms sale of Giraffe and Kipa
                                                                                      • UK: The Co-op rebrands thousands of stores with revived logo
                                                                                        • UK: Whole Foods offer two-hour delivery in London
                                                                                          • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                            • UK: Conviviality sales surge 137%
                                                                                              • UK: Costco reports 7.1% growth
                                                                                                • UK: Greggs relaunches mobile app integrating loyalty scheme
                                                                                                  • UK: Thorntons to offload Oxford Street flagship
                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                      • UK: Austin Reed
                                                                                                        • …estate to be broken up for sale
                                                                                                          • …stores to shutter after no viable offers were received
                                                                                                            • UK: Bhs
                                                                                                              • …asks bidders to up their offers
                                                                                                                • …rescue fails putting 11,000 jobs in question
                                                                                                                  • UK: Bonmarché revenue up 5.3%
                                                                                                                    • UK: Burberry sales fall 1%
                                                                                                                      • UK: Charles Tyrwhitt relaunches websites to drive international growth
                                                                                                                        • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill owner joins bidding for Dobbies
                                                                                                                          • UK: H&M to collaborate with KENZO
                                                                                                                            • UK: Jack Wills to open at intu Milton Keynes
                                                                                                                              • UK: Joules
                                                                                                                                • …eyes a number of Austin Reed stores
                                                                                                                                  • …share price soars on stock market debut
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Matalan profits tumble 62.5% due to warehouse issues
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Monsoon profits tumble 59%
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Moss Bros shows further improvement
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mothercare full-year profits up 51%
                                                                                                                                            • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                              • …profits increase 7%
                                                                                                                                                • …to open largest men’s store to date
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Supergroup ends the year with robust trading
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Two Bhs suppliers fall into administration
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Wolf & Badger launches into beauty and childrenswear
                                                                                                                                                        • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hush launches ‘pop-in’ concept
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shoe Zone sales fall amid store closures
                                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Argos first quarter revenue up 2.6%
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: B&M sales rise 23.6% as expansion ramps up
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Guess How Much! discount store opens its doors
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                        • …breaks tradition to stock early Autumn lines
                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports declining profits in ‘mixed’ results
                                                                                                                                                                            • ..restructures management team for customer focus
                                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Harrods introduces personal shopping for men
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis teams up with style guru Jim Chapman
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Selfridges launches first shoppable app
                                                                                                                                                                                      • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kingfisher sales grow 5.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Topps Tiles revenues rise 3.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wesfarmers ends Homebase's partnership with Nectar
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons Carphone ends the year up 5% like-for-like
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture and homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dyson personally designs Oxford Street store
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ikea to open in Westfield Stratford
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Lakeland unveils refitted flagship store
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Loaf to open second London store
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Tiger rebrands to Flying Tiger Copenhagen
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: West Elm extends partnership with John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …begins sale of fresh food through Morrisons tie-up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches full fresh food offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: AO World reports 25.7% growth in revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boohoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches first advertising campaign for men
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …revenues surge 41%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Debenhams appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: DPD innovates with geo-location technology in app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Gear4Music full year revenues surge 46%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop Direct working with TH_NK to update Very site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boots campaign highlights healthcare expertise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Estée Lauder launches male grooming station
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book, greetings cards and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Card Factory offsets falling footfall with a rise in average spend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Smiggle hires UK property head for store rollout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: WH Smith high street sales fall 4% in line with expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Go Outdoors explores potential sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …acquires online bikes and accessories specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …retail sales rise 1.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mountain Warehouse profits rise 36%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Tesla opens experience-led store in shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Pandora Q1 revenues rise 34%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Garden Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill owner joins bidding for Dobbies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys and Games Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Lego Group to open Leicester Square flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pet specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home like-for-like sales rise 2.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Birmingham Bullring launches new pop-up space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Footfall down 2.4% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Intu Lakeside ‘re-imagined’ with Nickelodeon theme park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: One in five payments contactless says Visa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: ONS announce 4.3% rise in retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Retail sales fall 0.9% as clothing demand weakens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales in May lift 1.4%

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