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UK Retail Briefing Market Report

Everything you need to make the right decisions

Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the UK Retail Briefing market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Covered in this Report

UK Retail Sales

Sector Focus - Food Retailing

Launch Activity and Innovations

Headlines for the Month

News Analysis:

  • Food and Drink
  • Clothing and Footwear
  • Home and Household Goods
  • Online Retailing
  • Other Retailing
  • Economy

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Nick Carroll, a leading analyst in the Retail sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

"If there is one underlying message that comes out of our retail research it is that consumers are savvy. They are very well aware of what they are doing and they adjust their behaviour to current conditions. It’s obvious how when a retailer’s offer falls short of expectations that they walk away. And it is a truism of retailing that it is much easier to lose customers than to pick them up again." Nick Carroll
Senior Retail Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – House of Fraser – a new lease of life

      • Poles apart
        • The top end
          • What is he buying?
            • Stores and closures
              • What needs doing?
                • Will it work?
                • Retail Sales

                  • Key points
                    • Retail sales
                      • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2017/18
                      • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, July 2016-July 2018
                    • John Lewis
                      • Figure 3: John Lewis Department Stores: year-on-year growth, May 2017-Aug 2018
                    • 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-Jul 2018
                    • Confidence
                      • Figure 6: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2016-July 2018
                    • Looking forward
                    • Sector Focus – Electricals

                        • The sector – What’s included
                            • Figure 7: Electrical goods market by product, 2017
                          • Spending on electrical goods
                            • Figure 8: Spending on electrical products, annual % change, 2013-18
                            • Figure 9: Spending on electrical products by detailed subsector, annual % change, 2012-18
                          • Inflation
                            • Figure 10: Inflation in electrical goods by broad category, 2017-18
                          • Electrical goods specialists
                            • Figure 11: Y/y growth in electrical specialists’ sales, 2015-18
                          • Performance of the store based specialists
                            • Figure 12: All electrical retailers relative to all retail sales, 2014-18
                          • Channels of distribution
                            • Figure 13: Distribution of spending on electrical goods, 2017
                          • Store based retailers losing share
                            • Where next?
                            • Launch Activity and Innovations

                              • UK: Iceland introducing 13 vegan-friendly foods to its stores
                                • UK: Lidl testing first fruit and vegetable boxes
                                  • UK: Tesco to unveil discount chain
                                    • UK: Barbour to launch new young fashion brand
                                      • UK: Debenhams to launch in-store gym at Sutton branch
                                      • Headlines for the Month

                                        • Convenience stores
                                          • Grocers
                                            • Other food specialists
                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                • Department stores
                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                      • Home shopping
                                                      • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                        • Co-ops
                                                          • UK: Co-op considering sale of insurance arm
                                                            • Convenience stores
                                                              • UK: McColl’s like-for-like sales down 2.7%
                                                                • Grocers
                                                                  • UK: Aldi
                                                                    • Suppliers contacted regarding ‘no deal’ Brexit
                                                                      • UK: Asda
                                                                        • …the first supermarket to join Microfibre Consortium
                                                                          • …260 jobs at risk as Asda warehouse faces closure
                                                                            • UK: Iceland and The Range partner up
                                                                              • UK: Lidl
                                                                                • …plans to build 3,000 homes and a school
                                                                                  • …World Cup drives record breaking sales for Lidl
                                                                                    • UK: M&S expands Click & Collect service
                                                                                      • UK: Morrisons introduce ‘quiet hour’ for autistic shopping
                                                                                        • UK: Sainsbury’s to offer food-to-go range in selected WH Smith stores
                                                                                          • UK: Tesco
                                                                                            • …facing £4bn bill as equal pay claims hit 1,000
                                                                                              • …UK chief executive steps down due to illness
                                                                                                • Other food specialists
                                                                                                  • UK: Greggs total sales up 5.2%
                                                                                                    • UK: Hotel Chocolat revenue increases 12%
                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                      • UK: Bonmarché report uplift in first quarter sales
                                                                                                        • UK: Boux Avenue launches activewear range
                                                                                                          • UK: Bravissimo full year sales up 3.4%
                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                              • …destroys £28.6 million worth of stock
                                                                                                                • …Q1 sales up
                                                                                                                  • UK: H&M team up with interior brand
                                                                                                                    • UK: Hugo Boss opening first standalone Hugo store
                                                                                                                      • UK: Joules Group revenues rise 18.4%
                                                                                                                        • UK: Matalan reveals strong first quarter revenue growth
                                                                                                                          • UK: New Look profits rise during its first quarter
                                                                                                                            • UK: Next second-quarter sales up 2.8%
                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                • UK: Pavers launch new charity initiative
                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                  • UK: B&M
                                                                                                                                    • …diversifies board with two female appointments
                                                                                                                                      • …trading update
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundworld
                                                                                                                                          • …employees face redundancy as further 40 stores set to close
                                                                                                                                            • …founder of Poundland reportedly considering a return to the high street
                                                                                                                                              • …brand could be saved
                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Original Factory Shop CVA gets the go-ahead
                                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                      • Threat of even more store closures
                                                                                                                                                        • …making further cuts to management roles
                                                                                                                                                          • …partners with True as part of digital innovation drive
                                                                                                                                                            • …partnership with Founders Factory aims to invest in start-ups
                                                                                                                                                              • …strikes deal with Octopus Energy
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mothercare raises funds with share offer
                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                      • …credit rating downgraded
                                                                                                                                                                        • …under pressure as credit insurers reduce cover
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                            • …C. Banner rescue deal falls through
                                                                                                                                                                              • …CVA to face legal challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                • …rescue deal faces delay
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …landlords dispute regarding House of Fraser’s CVA proposals reaches agreement
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …bought by Sports Direct for £90m
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …set for biggest revamp of its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …unveils its biggest fashion collection to date
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …the John Lewis Partnership selects finalists to join retail tech innovation programme
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Pressure on auditing watchdog to publish report on BHS audit
                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: B&Q
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …changes one loyalty scheme to push for lower prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …kitchens and bathrooms business creates 800 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …slashing prices to lure new customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Homebase owner plans a CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Travis Perkins report 4.6% decline in pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons Travel opens first Belfast store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: DFS profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dunelm witnesses strong online sales performance (+41.8%)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …vows to remove all single-use plastic straws from products and restaurants by October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …new store to open on Tottenham Court Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: ScS report full-year trading in line with expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …and first UK public sector procurement deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …UK tax bill lowest in five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ASOS revenue up 22%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado first-half revenue up, but earnings down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Reshaping of Shop Direct board leads to departure of retail director Jon Rudoe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WhereWolf app launches first UK pop-up store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Holland & Barrett to launch vegan stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Card Factory Group sales up 3.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: The Works enters the stock market in £100 million float
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Evans Cycles reduces losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct profits drop by 72%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Tiffany opening new Covent Garden Store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Wyevale sells eight garden centres to Blue Diamond
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: French optician to launch in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Games Workshop annual report shows profits nearly double
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: six Toys ‘R’ Us stores sold for £30.5 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home reports 8.1% revenue growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Boxpark to open on Brighton seafront
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Coal Drops Yard confirms opening date of October 26
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hammerson sells two retail parks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: ICON outlet reveals first signings for opening in 02 centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Intu half-year performance hailed as resilient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …retail sales slowed in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …like-for-like retail sales up 1.1% in June 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …heatwave drives food price inflation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: June retail sales up by 4.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: retail footfall down 0.9%