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Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month, we look at clothing and footwear specialists.

This review looks at:

  • Retail sales growth in the sector
  • Inflation in the sector
  • Volume sales of clothing and footwear
  • Consumer attitudes towards discounting.

We also include an Analyst Comment on the new Waitrose store in Kings Cross, London.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Waitrose – Kings Cross
      • The food store of the future
        • Full range store
          • Food to go
            • Click and Collect
              • Relaxed and welcoming
                • The store of the future
                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                  • Key points
                    • Retail sales
                      • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2015/16
                      • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2014-16
                    • John Lewis
                      • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year Growth, 2015-16
                    • Inflation and wages
                      • Figure 4: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, 2011-16
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2015-16
                    • Looking forward
                    • Sector Focus – Clothing and Footwear Retailing

                        • Retail sales: A poor final quarter
                          • Figure 6: Retail sales: Annual % change in the clothing and footwear and leather goods categories, non-seasonal adjusted, by month, Jan 2015 – Feb 2016
                        • Inflation: Discounting hurting full price sales
                          • Figure 7: Consumer Price Inflation: Annual % change in the price of clothing and footwear, by month, Jan 2015- Feb 2016
                        • Volume: No uptick despite promotions
                          • Figure 8: Volume: Annual % growth in the volume of textile, clothing and footwear sales, seasonally adjusted, by month, Jan 2015 – Feb 2016
                        • Pricing integrity
                          • Figure 9: Mintel’s Fashion Tracker: Agreement with the statement ‘I prefer to buy clothes when they are on sale/special offer’, Mar 2015- Feb 2016
                        • What we think
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Grocers
                            • Other specialist food and drink retailers
                              • Clothing retailers
                                • Home shopping
                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                    • Non-food discounters
                                      • DIY retailing
                                        • Furniture retailing
                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                            • Economy
                                            • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                              • Convenience stores
                                                • UK: McColl's like-for-like sales fall 1.9%
                                                  • Grocers
                                                    • UK: Aldi
                                                      • …expands online offer with SpecialBuys
                                                        • …hits out at Morrisons' Price Crunch in new campaign
                                                          • UK: Asda
                                                            • …Q4 sales tumble 5.8%
                                                              • …seeks supplier discounts
                                                                • UK: Lidl launches denim clothing range
                                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                                    • …announces new partnerships with Amazon and Ocado
                                                                      • …profits tumble 30%
                                                                        • …to invest £30m in staff facilities
                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury’s to scrap multi-buy promotions
                                                                            • UK: Supermarket sales grow by 0.5%
                                                                              • UK: Tesco
                                                                                • …buys remaining shares in Harris + Hoole
                                                                                  • …Morrisons takeover rumours circulate
                                                                                    • …reports rising demand for organic fruit
                                                                                      • UK: The Co-op pledges another £75m in price cuts
                                                                                        • Other specialist food and drink retailers
                                                                                          • UK: Greggs focus on food-on-the-go drives sales
                                                                                            • UK: Hotel Chocolat announces flotation plans
                                                                                              • UK: Whole Foods delivers profit in the UK
                                                                                              • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                  • UK: Boden sizes up shoppers
                                                                                                    • UK: Jigsaw owners mull sale
                                                                                                      • UK: Joules prepares for £150m float
                                                                                                        • UK: Levi’s launches clothing recycling initiative
                                                                                                          • UK: Matalan gains reprieve on its debts
                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare and Julien MacDonald collaborate
                                                                                                              • UK: Primark sales improve after Christmas
                                                                                                                • UK: TK Maxx grows presence with store openings
                                                                                                                  • UK: Topshop announces Wedgwood collaboration
                                                                                                                    • UK: Uniqlo to relaunch global flagship in London
                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                        • UK: Alteri saves the majority of Brantano stores
                                                                                                                          • UK: Clarks cuts head office roles
                                                                                                                            • Jewellery retailing
                                                                                                                              • UK: Goldsmiths introduces live video chat online
                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                    • …extends deal deadline with Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                                                      • …completes Homebase sale
                                                                                                                                        • …receives Argos bid from Steinhoff
                                                                                                                                          • …reports mixed results for “eventful” 2015
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Menkind forecasting £60m in sales
                                                                                                                                              • Non-food discounters
                                                                                                                                                • UK: 99p Stores’
                                                                                                                                                  • …losses reached £11m before Poundland takeover
                                                                                                                                                    • …founders and Poundstretcher owner team up for new retailer
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: easyFoodstore puts a limit on purchasing
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Pep&Co’s new discount retailer named ‘Guess How Much!’
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundland appoints next chief executive
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Poundworld to take on up to 20 Brantano stores
                                                                                                                                                              • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Beales the latest to enter company voluntary arrangement
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bhs
                                                                                                                                                                    • …pension gap wider than previously thought
                                                                                                                                                                      • …secures £10m loan to invest in food business
                                                                                                                                                                        • …seeks rent reductions or stores could close
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams among those implementing digital receipts
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fortnum & Mason sales grow 30% online
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis Partnership sales grow 2.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Homebase management team replaced by Wesfarmers
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Kingfisher creates new role of chief customer officer
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Travis Perkins sales grow 6.5% in 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Wyevale Garden Centres’ owner contemplates sale
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: BrightHouse revenues climb 6.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Jessops boosted by 20% jump in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dreams’ turnaround plan delivers growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Heals connects online shoppers with store staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ikea UK profits surge 128.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sharps’ new concept drives 30% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm grows sales by 10.3% in the first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Søstrene Grene eyes 150 stores in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Amazon to open new logistics centre in Leicestershire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: AO World chairman steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Asos launches loyalty scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Atterley relaunches as an independent retailer portal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boohoo acquires additional head office space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: eBay targets customers watching popular television shows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Gear4Music sales rise 46%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: N Brown Group reveals restated debtor impairment provisions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pinterest to launch promoted pin advertising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Shutl reports demand for ‘click and don’t collect’ service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: The Hut Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …acquires haircare brand Grow Gorgeous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …secures investment as sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Body Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …embeds loyalty app onto mobile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …unveils new ethical pledges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Walgreens Boots Alliance overhauls IT system
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and leisure retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mountain Warehouse ramps up American expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Lorna Jane gets active in the UK’s growing sportswear market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct’s fashion chains narrow their losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wiggle pedals forward with Chain Reaction acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hammerson reports increase in shopping centre sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Intu plotting investment of £600m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Government faces potential legal action over new Sunday trading laws
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: January retail sales rise 2.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: MP's vote against changes to Sunday trading laws
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Retail sales slow to 0.1% in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Retail sector could face up to 900,000 job losses

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