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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? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment - Why the garden centre sector is thriving
  • An overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Online retailing
  • 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: Why the Garden Centre Sector is Thriving

      • What we've seen
        • Wyevale bows out
          • Stronger negotiating powers
            • Calmer year ahead in 2020
              • The pleasure of a garden centre visit
                • Catering for a broad audience
                  • What it means
                  • UK Retail Sales

                    • Key points
                      • Retail sales
                          • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, January 2019 – January 2020
                        • BRC vs ONS
                          • ‘Small retailers’ versus ‘large retailers’
                            • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, July 2017 - January 2020
                          • John Lewis
                            • Figure 3: John Lewis Department Stores: Year-on-Year Growth, March 2018 – January 2020
                          • Inflation
                            • Figure 4: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, January 2019 - January 2020
                          • Inflation and wages
                            • Figure 5: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2016 – Jan 2020
                          • Consumer confidence
                            • Figure 6: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2017 – January 2020
                          • Looking forward
                          • Sector Focus-Online Retailing

                              • A promising start to 2020 with online retail sales growing 7.4%
                                • Figure 7: All online retail sales, annual growth by month, non-seasonally adjusted, 2018-20
                              • The gap narrows for online shares of all retail sales in November and December
                                • Figure 8: Online share of all retail sales, monthly, 2018-20
                              • Amazon biggest online retailer in the UK
                                • Figure 9: Online retailing market shares, 2018
                              • Amazon is one of the first touchpoints when consumers shop online
                                • Figure 10: Behaviours of Amazon shoppers, October 2019
                            • Launch Activity and Innovations

                              • UK: Asda reveals plans for first ‘sustainability store’
                                • UK: The Cambridge Satchel Company opens new Oxford store
                                  • UK: Next phase of Boots beauty reformation kicks off with launch of Huda Beauty
                                  • Headlines for the Month

                                    • Convenience stores
                                      • Grocers
                                        • Clothing retailing
                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                            • Department stores
                                              • DIY retailing
                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                  • Online shopping
                                                    • Health & beauty retailing
                                                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                      • Convenience stores
                                                        • UK: Spar celebrates festive sales
                                                          • Grocers
                                                            • UK: Asda to offer ‘food-for-now’ offerings
                                                              • UK: Booths own-brand boosts Christmas sales
                                                                • UK: Central England Co-op thanks committed employees for positive Christmas sales
                                                                  • UK: Iceland is to reduce plastic packaging on fresh food by 93% in new trial
                                                                    • UK: Morrisons to cut 3,000 department manager roles
                                                                      • UK: Planet Organic to grow its store estate after fruitful festive period
                                                                        • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                          • …commits £1bn to meet net zero pledge
                                                                            • …CEO steps down followed by hundreds of management roles to be cut
                                                                              • UK: Tesco removes plastic from multipacks as it continues to cut down on waste
                                                                                • Other food specialists
                                                                                  • UK: ‘Inefficiencies’ in the supply chain leave a slightly bitter aftertaste for Hotel Chocolat
                                                                                    • UK: Online sales help boost trading at Holland & Barrett over Christmas
                                                                                    • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                      • UK: BRC announces new vegan guidelines for fashion retailers
                                                                                        • UK: Matalan Christmas sales inch up despite ‘depressed’ consumer confidence
                                                                                          • UK: Reiss festive sales rise as owner seeks out buyer
                                                                                            • UK: Disappointing festive performance from Quiz after slashing ties with Zalando
                                                                                              • UK: French Connection sale withdrawn as it fails to find a buyer
                                                                                                • UK: Joules blames later fall of Black Friday for decline in half-year profits
                                                                                                  • UK: Luxury brand Bernadette launches first handbag range for Spring 2020
                                                                                                    • UK: Mint Velvet sees revenues rise but investments in operations hit profits
                                                                                                      • UK: Moss Bros sales fall amid ‘challenging’ marketplace
                                                                                                        • UK: New strategy drives Christmas boost for Crew Clothing
                                                                                                          • UK: Primark
                                                                                                            • …steals market share as sales increase
                                                                                                              • …kicks off first sports collaboration with Lotto
                                                                                                                • UK: Seasalt sales up despite a ‘tough and challenging market’
                                                                                                                  • UK: Ted Baker’s overstatement of £58m in stock revealed to be ‘materially higher’
                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                      • UK: Pep&Co clothing boosts sales during festive period
                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Multi-sector

                                                                                                                        • UK: Halfords maintains profit guidance after ‘solid’ festive sales
                                                                                                                          • UK: M&S shows off denim in first TV ad campaign
                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                              • UK: Beales
                                                                                                                                • …at a breaking point after disappointing Christmas
                                                                                                                                  • …collapses and risks over 1,000 jobs
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Frasers Group acquires stake in Mulberry to ‘elevate’ its retail proposition
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Fenwick to rent out part of London flagship to provide a further stream of revenue
                                                                                                                                        • UK: John Lewis trials augmented reality sofa
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Multi-channel strategy does the trick for Fortnum & Mason
                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ryman and Robert Dyas sees profit rise in full-year results
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Wickes sales rise and owner Travis Perkins prepares for its departure
                                                                                                                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                      • …Christmas sales offset by downturn in mobile phone sales
                                                                                                                                                        • …reissues Christmas trading figures stating sales went down not up
                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Beter Beds bounces back after successful divestment of Matratzen Concord
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: DFS sees sales decline but expects a more positive outlook
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                  • …expands home assembly service to more sites
                                                                                                                                                                    • …to close Coventry site risking 352 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ScS announces rise in festive sales and the retirement of CEO David Knight
                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: An encouraging start to the New Year for Asos thanks to strong ‘customer momentum’
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Acquisition of Just Eat by made official
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Boohoo US and Europe sales star performers during Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Engagement with Sosander’s product range contributes to a record Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Eve Sleep cuts losses and focuses on long-term profitability
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown blames profit warning on ‘highly promotional market’
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Net-a-Porter expands sustainability offer
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: scrambles to find buyer before it sinks into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …officially rebrands to The Very Group
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …The Very Group expands premium beauty offer to its flagship brand
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …celebrates a very merry Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Glossier’s London pop-up will be extended after successful reception from customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Online growth bolsters Christmas sales for The Fragrance Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Space NK profits down after store expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Christmas sales at WHSmith boosted by acquisitions from its travel division
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: No fun and games at The Works as profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Intu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Lakeside boosts visitors moods with pop-up lighthouses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …seeks urgent cash injection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sells Spanish shopping centre for £245.15 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Pop-up retail property specialist Boxpark sees revenues rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dobbies sales soar during 'strong' Christmas trading period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hawkin’s Bazaar falls into administration after a challenging Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hobbycraft Christmas sales grow as customers look for ‘greener’ ways to celebrate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Entertainer set to tap into the Indian market with new partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dog-grooming services bolster Christmas sales for Pets at Home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Gear4Music celebrates growing Christmas profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Retail sales for December up 3.4%

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