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UK Retail Briefing Market Report

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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? 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

  • An analyst comment on the opportunities for renting in the Fashion industry.
  • On overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Clothing and Footwear retailing - UK.
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

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

The underlying results are OK, with profits marginally down. The loss comes as a result of exceptional items. The main ones are a further provision against PPI claims and the costs of closing down the stores. N Brown faces a period of uncertainty after the surprise departure of the CEO in September. It's not clear why she had to go, though the store expansion and failure to establish a strong online growth pattern seem to have been contributing factors. But in online terms, N Brown is a mature business. It has some great businesses such as the core JD Williams and the younger brands Simply Be and Jacamo which have been the focus for recent investment. But none of these would be capable of the explosive growth reported by online start-ups recently and last year the group only managed sales growth of 1.8%, excluding the impact of store closures. N Brown is a solid business which has made the transition to online, but now has to cope with a period under an interim CEO before a new one is found. Nick Carroll
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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Could Renting be the Future of the Fashion Industry?

      • What we've seen
        • Renting fashion becomes more mainstream
          • Figure 1: Westfield Style Trial Pop-Up, 2017
        • How often do people buy clothing?
          • Figure 2: Frequency of clothing purchases in the last 12 months, August 2017 and August 2018
        • Sentiment towards fashion rentals
          • Barriers to entry
            • What it means
            • UK Retail Sales

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                  • Figure 3: Retail sales trends, 2017/18
                  • Figure 4: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, July 2016-September 2018
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 5: John Lewis Department Stores: year-on-year growth, Aug 2017-Nov 2018
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 6: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2016-17
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 7: Real wages growth: wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2015-Jul 2018
                • Confidence
                  • Figure 8: Mintel financial confidence tracker, January 2016-September 2018
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Focus – Clothing and Footwear

                    • Footwear and clothing specialists underperforming
                      • Figure 9: Annual % change in value clothing and footwear retail sales, non-seasonally adjusted, by month, Jan 2017-Oct 2018
                      • Figure 10: Annual % change in volume clothing and footwear retail sales, non-seasonally adjusted, by month, Jan 2017-Oct 2018
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 11: CPI: Annual % change in the price of clothing and footwear (incl. repairs), Jan 2017-Oct 2018
                    • Consumer spending slows down in 2018
                      • Figure 12: Consumer spending on clothing and footwear, at current prices, non-seasonally adjusted, Q1 2017-Q2 2018
                    • Customer loyalty is low
                        • Figure 13: Loyalty behaviours towards shopping for clothes, July 2017
                    • Launch Activity and Innovations

                      • UK: Sainsbury’s and Oasis planning concession partnership
                        • UK: M&S launches interactive sea map
                          • UK: M&S launches new Social Plastic reusable bag
                            • UK: John Lewis introducing after-hours private shopping service
                              • UK: Selfridges unveils new innovative menswear floor
                                • UK: IKEA launches first inner-city store in London
                                  • UK: Waterstones unveils new store concept
                                  • Headlines for the Month

                                    • Co-ops
                                      • Grocers
                                        • Clothing retailing
                                          • Mixed goods retailing
                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                              • Department stores
                                                • DIY retailing
                                                  • Music and video goods retailing
                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                      • Co-ops
                                                        • UK: Co-op
                                                          • …acquiring former Waitrose stores
                                                            • …new £45 million distribution centre to create 1,200 jobs
                                                              • Grocers
                                                                • UK: Asda staff shake-up could lead to 2,500 job cuts
                                                                  • UK: Booths narrows its losses
                                                                    • UK: M&S appoints new leadership team for food business
                                                                      • UK: Morrisons third quarter sales up but retail growth slows
                                                                        • UK: Percol unveils UK’s first plastic-free coffee packaging
                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                            • …half year results boosted by Argos takeover
                                                                              • …CMA investigation into Sainsbury’s-Asda merger to factor in Aldi and Lidl’s impact
                                                                                • UK: Waitrose & Partners Food & Drink Report reveals latest trends
                                                                                • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                  • UK: Burberry profits surge 36% despite sales drop
                                                                                    • UK: Coach the latest luxury house to ban the use of real fur
                                                                                      • UK: Coast bought out of administration by Karen Millen
                                                                                        • UK: Eleanor Tomlinson new brand ambassador for Radley London
                                                                                          • UK: End opens first London store in Soho
                                                                                            • UK: Fat Face appoints Oasis and Warehouse chief Liz Evans as new CEO
                                                                                              • UK: French Connection begins sale talks
                                                                                                • UK: Jaeger to triple store network by end of 2019
                                                                                                  • UK: John Smedley opens third UK standalone store
                                                                                                    • UK: Karen Millen puts 100 jobs at risk
                                                                                                      • UK: Mulberry sales hit by House of Fraser administration
                                                                                                        • UK: New Look
                                                                                                          • …could lose more UK stores
                                                                                                            • …exiting the Chinese market
                                                                                                              • …half year results show a return to profitability
                                                                                                                • UK: Next sales up 2% in Q3
                                                                                                                  • UK: Oasis and Warehouse hit by credit insurers move
                                                                                                                    • UK: Primark achieves strong full year performance in the UK
                                                                                                                      • UK: QUIZ opens flagship store at Liverpool ONE
                                                                                                                        • UK: Reiss profits drop 26%
                                                                                                                          • UK: Sandro opening a menswear flagship store on Regent Street
                                                                                                                            • UK: Seasalt reports 23% increase in full-year sales
                                                                                                                              • UK: Superdry
                                                                                                                                • …first half sales affected by summer heatwave
                                                                                                                                  • …issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ted Baker launches first advertising campaign
                                                                                                                                      • UK: TK Maxx FY sales increase 11%
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Zara UK reports soaring profits
                                                                                                                                          • Footwear
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Footasylum
                                                                                                                                              • …experiences difficulty in second half trading
                                                                                                                                                • …credit insurance cut by numerous companies
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Schuh profits fall 9.6%
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Shoe Zone reports strong second half performance
                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Home Bargains sales surpass £2 billion
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Range posts falling profits
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Wilko swings to red
                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Halfords profits drop but sales rise in interim results
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                  • …appoints new leadership team for food business
                                                                                                                                                                    • …expected to report a double digit drop in profits in interim results
                                                                                                                                                                      • …interim results reveal a sales decline across both divisions
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mothercare cuts 200 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                              • …to close up to 50 stores over the next three to five years
                                                                                                                                                                                • …to potentially close one third of its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …retail and digital managing director resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …buys Glasgow store to create ‘Harrods of the North’
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …closing iconic Manchester store
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …JLAB innovation programmes launches retail experience challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …announces ambitious plan for reducing HGV emissions
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …begins search for new Chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Cheltenham store opens today
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: B&Q pulling out of Black Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Homebase announces further store closures
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Travis Perkins report solid trading for Q3 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: HMV overtakes Amazon as UK’s biggest seller of physical music
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carpetright sales dented by CVA store closures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bensons for Beds partners with sleep expert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: IKEA UK sales boosted by store openings and digital growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ScS Group to pull out of House of Fraser concessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dunelm posts flat quarterly revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches Prime Wardrobe in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to create 1,000 technology jobs in three UK cities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to open fashion pop-up on Baker Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: AO World to acquire Mobile Phones Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Moonpig to open Manchester tech hub
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Musclefood undergoes major rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: N Brown reports first-half losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop Direct planning to shut outlet arm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sosandar expects to report 407% increase in half year revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Boots fourth quarter sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Paperchase reports falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Works reports 15% sales rise in first update since IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: WHSmith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …acquires InMotion for £155 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …announce store closures following detailed review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct acquires Evans Cycles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Claire’s stores under threat of closure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Bond Street completes £10 million transformation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: 02 Icon Outlet opens its doors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: GAME narrows annual losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hamleys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …appoint new finance chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …profits dive to £12 million loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: October retail sales growth up just 0.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: September retail sales up by 4.2%