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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 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?

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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

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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 – The Insidious Damage Done by Discounting

      • In the long term, constant discounting is counterproductive
        • Figure 1: Attitudes to pricing, Christmas 2016 and 2017
      • Buying online
        • Figure 2: Attitudes to discounts online, May 2017
      • Training to expect discounts
          • Figure 3: Attitudes to Black Friday promotions, November 2017
        • Electricals
          • Figure 4: Electrical goods buyers who had paid full price or a discounted price, Nov 2017
        • Where next?
        • UK Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 5: Retail sales trends, 2017/18
              • Figure 6: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2016-18
            • John Lewis
              • Figure 7: John Lewis department stores: year-on-year growth, Apr 2017-Jun 2018
            • Inflation
              • Figure 8: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2016-17
            • Inflation and wages
              • Figure 9: Real wages growth: wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2015-Apr 2018
            • Confidence
              • Figure 10: Mintel financial confidence tracker, January 2015-June 2018
            • Looking forward
            • Sector Focus – Food Retailing

                • Food experiences sudden drop in value
                  • Figure 11: Annual non-seasonally adjusted percentage change in the value sales of food retailers at current prices, Apr 2017-May 2018
                • Food volume steadily drops
                  • Figure 12: Annual non-seasonally adjusted percentage change in the chained volume of goods sold in food stores, Apr 2017-Apr 2018
                • Food inflation slows down
                  • Figure 13: Annual percentage change in the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages, Aug 2017-Apr 2018
                • Online food growth slows
                  • Figure 14: Internet food sales: value non-seasonally adjusted percentage change YoY, Apr 2017-Apr 2018
                • Online food as a % of all retailing
                  • Figure 15: Internet food sales: value non-seasonally adjusted internet sales as a proportion of all retailing Apr 2017-Apr 2018
                • A busy quarter for the sector…
                  • Asda and Sainsbury’s propose merger
                    • Co-op takeover of Nisa approved
                      • Ocado signs deal with Kroger in the US
                        • Where next?
                        • Launch Activity and Innovations

                          • UK: Amazon buys right to show Premier League matches
                            • UK: Argos and Lego team up for augmented reality offering
                              • UK: Hotel Chocolat initiates chocolate ‘amnesty’ for Waitrose shoppers
                                • UK: Superdrug launches piercing service
                                • Headlines for the Month

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

                                              • UK: Asda…
                                                • …full year profits fall
                                                  • …sales rise for fourth quarter in a row
                                                    • UK: Co-op…
                                                      • …to give away food to community groups to fight food waste
                                                        • …introduce reverse vending machines for plastic recycling
                                                          • UK: Morrisons sales up 3.6% in Q1
                                                            • UK: Hotel Chocolat repays ‘chocolate bonds’
                                                              • UK: Iceland aims to become a dementia-friendly retailer
                                                                • UK: Morrisons increases funding for ‘honesty’ fridges
                                                                  • UK: Tesco…
                                                                    • …seeks to create closed loop recycling system
                                                                      • …to close Tesco Direct
                                                                        • UK: Sainsbury’s introduces in-store ice cream parlours
                                                                          • UK: Waitrose collaborates with Bupa to launch in-store health checks
                                                                          • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                            • UK: Arcadia owner Taveta reports a 42% drop in profit
                                                                              • UK: Bags Etc enters administration
                                                                                • UK: Burberry profit rises and revenue dips over full year
                                                                                  • UK: Christo Wiese steps down from New Look board
                                                                                    • UK: H&M to change UK clothing sizes
                                                                                      • UK: Joules full year revenue up 18%
                                                                                        • UK: Matalan reports annual rise in profit and sales
                                                                                          • UK: MSGM to open first UK store
                                                                                            • UK: Monsoon losses fall in 2017
                                                                                              • UK: Moss Bros sales continue to decline but CEO remains optimistic
                                                                                                • UK: Mothercare…
                                                                                                  • …group profit falls 88%
                                                                                                    • …secures creditor support for CVA
                                                                                                      • …to accelerate store closures
                                                                                                        • …to close 50 stores as part of CVA
                                                                                                          • UK: Next…
                                                                                                            • …demands rent parity with struggling rivals
                                                                                                              • …first quarter sales rise 6%
                                                                                                                • UK: QUIZ…
                                                                                                                  • …partners with TOWIE cast members
                                                                                                                    • …profits and sales soar
                                                                                                                      • UK: Shoe Zone sales and profits rise in H1
                                                                                                                        • UK: Topshop/Topman falls to full year loss for 2017
                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                          • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                            • UK: Carpetright…
                                                                                                                              • …launches plans to raise £60 million in funding
                                                                                                                                • …secures extra funding
                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Former Comet owner targets Homebase
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Graham & Brown launches decorating visualisation app
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kingfisher sales down in Q1 due to weather conditions
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Topps Tiles profit falls in H1
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wesfarmers sells Homebase for nominal £1 fee
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wickes to axe a third of head office jobs
                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Buy It Direct makes offer for Maplin’s brand and online store
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dixons Carphone warns on profits and announces store-closing program
                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dunelm issues profit warning as store like-for-likes decline
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Fabb Sofas goes into administration
                                                                                                                                                            • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wyevale Garden Centres put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Amazon…
                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches new campaign with PayPoint
                                                                                                                                                                    • …to create over 2,500 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: closed after less than two years of operating
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado signs deal with Kroger
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shop Direct…
                                                                                                                                                                            • …falls into loss as PPI claims hit profits
                                                                                                                                                                              • …to merge Very Exclusive with Very
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Hut Group turnover increases 47%
                                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Other Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Card Factory sales up in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Smiggle sales up 91.7% in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams…
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …and Estée Lauder unveil in-store #beautyhub
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches three new suiting brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: House of Fraser…
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …could be shutting half of its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …insists it is ‘on track’ for CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …lenders demand shareholders inject funds into retailer
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …losses climb to £44 million in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to shut more than half of its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis acquires home improvement business Opun
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Feelunique partners with Veleza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Luxury retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Desmond & Dempsey opens first pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: B&M full year profits and revenues jump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Marks & Spencer…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …profits drop 62.1% in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to close more stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • rebrand to Markle & Sparkle for royal wedding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Poundworld
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to appoint administrators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Alteri nears rescue deal with Poundworld
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pets retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Pets at Home services boost fails to stop profit falling in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Halfords sales rise but profits dip as it hires new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JD Sports relaunches Supply & Demand brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mountain Warehouse sales rise by 22%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Toys retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jollyes bought by Kester Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: April retail sales edge up 0.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: BRC figures show jump in retail sales of 4.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: footfall declines 3.3% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: government launches commission into high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: landlords fight back against CVAs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: landlords to fight use of CVAs to cut rent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Network Rail to ban retailers from supplying plastics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: shop prices drop in May