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This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment on New Look and a problem of Mis-diagnosis
  • On overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Electrical Retailing - UK.
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – New Look a Problem of Mis-diagnosis

      • Symptoms
        • Treatments
          • But isn’t it all about online?
            • So what’s missing?
              • Back to basics
              • UK Retail Sales

                • Key points
                  • Retail sales
                      • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2016/17
                      • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2016-2018
                    • John Lewis
                      • Figure 3: John Lewis Department Stores: Year-on-Year Growth, 2016-2018
                    • Rising inflation
                      • Figure 4: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2017-18
                    • Inflation and wages
                      • Figure 5: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2015- Jan 2018
                    • Looking forward
                    • Sector Focus – Electricals Goods Retailing

                        • Consumer spending on electrical goods
                          • All electrical goods
                            • Figure 6: Annual % change in consumer spending on all electrical products, 2015-2017
                          • Spending by category
                            • Figure 7: Electricals goods: Man categories share of all electricals spending Q4 2016-Q3 2017
                            • Figure 8: Annual growth in spending in detailed electrical sectors, 2015-2017
                          • Specialist sector sales
                            • Figure 9: Distribution of spending on electrical goods, 2017
                          • Two specialist sectors
                            • Figure 10: Annual growth in sales of electricals specialists, 2015-2018
                          • Inflation
                            • Figure 11: Inflation in electrical goods, by category, 2017-2018
                          • Recent developments – Maplin
                            • Where next?
                            • Launch Activity and Innovation

                              • UK: Game to open esports arenas and concessions in Sports Direct stores
                                • UK: Intu uses visual search AI to help drive sales
                                  • UK: John Lewis developing social media content for staff to share
                                    • UK: Selfridges opens instore boxing gym
                                      • UK: Waterstones launches female author only popup
                                      • Headlines for the Month

                                        • Food and Drink
                                          • Clothing and Footwear
                                            • Home and Household Goods
                                              • Online
                                                • Other Retail
                                                  • Economy
                                                  • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                    • UK: Aldi UK CEO leaves role for promotion to board
                                                      • UK: Asda sales edge up 0.5% in Q4
                                                        • UK: Co-op to launch mobile payment app to cut queues
                                                          • UK: Countrywide Farmers enters administration
                                                            • UK: Eataly to open first store in Britain
                                                              • UK: Greggs sales up as store expansion continues
                                                                • UK: Hotel Chocolat sees strong revenue and profit growth
                                                                  • UK: McColl’s sales boosted by store acquisitions
                                                                    • UK: Tesco
                                                                      • … Booker shareholders advised to vote against Tesco merger
                                                                        • … Tesco-Booker merger approved by shareholders
                                                                          • … completes Booker merger
                                                                            • … plans to open discount chain
                                                                              • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                • … introduces Japanese gin
                                                                                  • … launches a range of kefir products
                                                                                  • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                    • UK: Clarks chooses Soho for first Clarks Originals store
                                                                                      • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill buys supplier Berwin & Berwin
                                                                                        • UK: Gap teams up with Sarah Jessica Parker
                                                                                          • UK: Jigsaw CEO quits ahead of possible stake sale
                                                                                            • UK: Missguided
                                                                                              • … makes mannequins body-positive with stretch marks
                                                                                                • … to cut jobs
                                                                                                  • UK: Mothercare issues profits warning
                                                                                                    • UK: N Brown names Matt Davies as chairman
                                                                                                      • UK: New Look
                                                                                                        • … closes 60 stores as part of rescue deal
                                                                                                          • … seeks 60% store rent reduction as it seeks CVA
                                                                                                            • … to ask landlords for rent reductions
                                                                                                              • … vetoes £12 million executive pay and plans to cut 60 stores
                                                                                                                • UK: Philip Green considers selling Arcadia
                                                                                                                  • UK: Poundland accelerates Pep&Co expansion
                                                                                                                    • UK: Primark sales fall
                                                                                                                      • UK: Topshop to not take part in London Fashion Week
                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                        • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                          • UK: Carpetright issues profit warning and enters talks with banks
                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                              • UK: Bunnings UK & Ireland suffers losses of £97 million
                                                                                                                                • UK: Grafton Group buys Leyland SDM
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Travis Perkins sales rise but inflation and investment bites into profit
                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Maplin
                                                                                                                                        • … announces 63 head office redundancies
                                                                                                                                          • … looks for a buyer
                                                                                                                                            • … Maplin and Edinburgh Woolen Mill look for rescue deal
                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                • UK: IKEA offers 100% renewable energy tariff as it joins Big Clean Switch
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Loaf expands outside of London
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Oak Furniture Land appoints new COO
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Steinhoff International reports 6% decline in UK sales
                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares Retailing
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dunelm sales rise 18.4% in H1
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: House to enter the UK
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Laura Ashley Christmas sales fall
                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop Direct appoints new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ocado improves payment fraud detection
                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Clintons’ parent company sells majority stake
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Smiggle to open on London’s Oxford Street
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Waterstones launches female author only popup
                                                                                                                                                                            • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                • …to rent out store space to office workers and partners with Maisons du Monde
                                                                                                                                                                                  • … to trial click, try and buy scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: House of Fraser owner sells shares in business
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                        • … Partnership sales rise but profits dive in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Liberty appoints new CFO from Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Luxury
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                                                                                                • … appoints new chief creative officer
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … teams up with Farfetch
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Olivia Burton to open first UK store
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ray-Ban opens European flagship store in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … examines potential supply deal with Findel
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … increases stake in Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Toys and Games Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Toys R Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … given deadline ahead of tax bill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … enters administration as Maplin holds on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shopping Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hammerson income rises as Intu merger edges closer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mercedes-Benz opens pop-up in Meadowhall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis - Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Food boosts retail sales in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Footfall tumbles on the high street but rises in retail parks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Inflation unchanged at 3% despite slowdown in food prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: January retail sales rise 3.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop prices fall in February

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Consumer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Competitors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Market

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Innovations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Opportunities

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Trends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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