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UK Retail Briefing - June 2019

This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment - New GoodHome format by Kingfisher brings design and simplicity to DIY
  • An overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Household goods retailing - UK.
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

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  1. Analyst Comment – Goodhome by Kingfisher brings design and simplicity to DIY

      • What we've seen
        • A fresh approach to DIY shopping
          • Figure 1: Store displays in GoodHome by B&Q, May 2019
          • Figure 2: Important factors in deciding where to shop, by customer profile, March 2019
        • Getting the balance of size and convenience right
          • Figure 3: Collection point in GoodHome by B&Q, May 2019
        • The declining role of the big-box store
          • Figure 4: Split of Kingfisher UK sales by brand, 2011-18
        • Success of the GoodHome brand likely to depend on next CEO
          • What it means
          • UK Retail Sales

            • Key points
              • Retail sales
                  • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, May 2018-May 2019
                • BRC vs ONS
                  • Figure 12: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, May 2017-May 2019
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 13: John Lewis Department Stores: year-on-year growth, January 2018-May 2019
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 14: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, April 2018-April 2019
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 15: Real wages growth: wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2017-April 2019
                • Consumer confidence
                  • Figure 16: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2017-April 2019
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Focus – Household Goods

                    • The sector – what’s included
                      • The sector in context
                        • Figure 17: Major household goods categories, share of sales, 2018
                        • Figure 18: Spending on household goods products, 2014-18
                        • Figure 19: Household goods sectors year on year growth in sales by quarter, 2015-18
                      • Inflation
                        • Figure 20: Inflation in household goods, % change over 12 months, April 2018-April 2019
                      • Consumer confidence
                        • Figure 21: Spending on the home, actions and intentions, April 2016-March 2019
                      • Housing market
                        • Figure 22: Number of residential housing transactions over £40,000, 2009-18
                      • Household goods retail sectors
                          • Figure 23: Household goods retail sectors y/y growth, 2018-19
                        • Online
                          • Where next?
                          • Launch Activity and Innovations

                            • UK: Co-op and Superdrug announce ‘meal deal’ partnership
                              • UK: Morrisons launch ‘weigh what you need’ service in drive to combat food waste
                                • UK: Fashion retailers join new partnership to develop a more sustainable business model
                                  • UK: M&S invests in specialist digital clothes fitting group Texel
                                  • Headlines for the Month

                                    • Grocers
                                      • Clothing retailing
                                        • Footwear retailing
                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                            • Department stores
                                              • DIY retailing
                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                    • Home shopping
                                                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                      • Co-ops
                                                        • UK: Co-op raises £300 million Fairtrade bond
                                                          • UK: Nisa shakes up management team
                                                            • Grocers
                                                              • UK: Asda reports fall in first quarter like-for-like sales
                                                                • UK: Government initiative could see supermarkets fined for food waste
                                                                  • UK: Lidl
                                                                    • …acquires a new site to expand warehouse operations in Greater London
                                                                      • …improve transparency on the method of production
                                                                        • UK: Sainsbury's to scrap plastic bags for fresh produce in all its stores
                                                                          • UK: Waitrose
                                                                            • …to introduce energy-saving ‘invisible door’ technology
                                                                              • …trials refilling station to get shoppers using less plastic packaging
                                                                                • …unveils plans to treble the size of its online grocery business
                                                                                  • …new delivery depot to launch in Enfield
                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                      • UK: Greggs hails strong sales growth
                                                                                      • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                        • UK: Arcadia
                                                                                          • …CVA decision postponed
                                                                                            • …identifies 23 stores for closure
                                                                                              • UK: Burberry report profit growth amid ongoing transformation plan
                                                                                                • UK: H&M collaborates with Netflix on Stranger Things range
                                                                                                  • UK: Hunter posts record revenues
                                                                                                    • UK: Joules sales soar
                                                                                                      • UK: Karen Millen owner puts chain up for sale
                                                                                                        • UK: Matalan full-year sales and profit rise
                                                                                                          • UK: Miss Selfridge London flagship store to close in July
                                                                                                            • UK: Monsoon founder pledges £34 million to secure CVA
                                                                                                              • UK: Moss Bros reports 2.2% like-for-like increase in retail sales
                                                                                                                • UK: New Look founder announces retirement
                                                                                                                  • UK: Select
                                                                                                                    • …proposals for a CVA
                                                                                                                      • …officially enters administration
                                                                                                                        • UK: Yours Clothing profits surge
                                                                                                                          • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                            • UK: Shoe Zone reports flat sales and profits
                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                • UK: Halfords posts double-digit drop in full-year profit
                                                                                                                                  • UK: M&S profits fall alongside store closure programme
                                                                                                                                    • …accelerates store closure programme
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mothercare sales fall amid restructuring
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundland owner Pepkor reports sales growth
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Wilko posts a return to profits in the past year
                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                              • UK: House of Fraser is to turn up to seven stores into a new luxury mini-chain
                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                  • …announces partnership with Co-op on click-and-collect trial
                                                                                                                                                    • …appoints Sharon White as Chairman
                                                                                                                                                      • …to trial new in-store virtual reality experience
                                                                                                                                                        • …dominates customer satisfaction awards
                                                                                                                                                          • …invests £21 million in Peterborough store refurbishment
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Scandinavian brand fashion brand Iben launches in the UK
                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Kingfisher reports mixed first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Microsoft launching Oxford Circus flagship store in July
                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright and Furniture Village open its first joint venture store
                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Heal's celebrates Homes & Gardens centenary with exclusive collection
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ikea launches visualisation and e-commerce app
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Jysk furniture group set for UK expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launch pop up stores to help small firms break onto the high street
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …partners with Next for click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …trials pop-up station kiosks
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: eBay unveils first UK concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fashion app Depop grabs $62 million investment
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Findel posts strong results as it considers name change
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Global Fashion Group to conduct an IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown hires first-ever chief brand officer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Royal Mail to roll out parcel postboxes across the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop Direct launches customer closeness centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …criticised for its use of plastic packaging
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launching digital version of its Advantage Card
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Superdrug launches new podcast series
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Card Factory group sales up 6.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sainsbury’s launches exclusive range of greetings cards to celebrate Pride
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: WH Smith opens new concept store at Perth airport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Cotswold Outdoor owner Outdoor & Cycle Concepts wins CVA approval
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …acquisition of Footasylum to be investigated by CMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to wholesale own-label brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mountain Warehouse profits growth boost store expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct makes Game Digital takeover offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Thomas Sabo considering 5 store closures as part of CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys & games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Games Workshop says full year profit will be at least £80 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Entertainer launches toy rehoming scheme with The Salvation Army
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pets and pet products retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Pets at Homes profits fall amid restructure plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Network Rail retail sales up 4.36% in the 2018/19 financial year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: retail property group Landsec losses widen despite sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: rising CVAs increasingly threaten the big four shopping centre landlords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Westminster Council gives green light to £32 million Carnaby retail scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: April retail sales up by 7.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: BRC-KPMG: May retail sales down 3.0% on a like-for-like basis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Klarna launches pop-up experiential event

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UK Retail Briefing - June 2019

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