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UK Retail Briefing - May 2011


The UK Retail Briefing is a retail market monitoring report which provides retail industry news such as store openings, cross-border moves, merger and acquisition activity, executive changes, property developments and information on the retail market share including company results.

Each month the UK retail market report provides an overview on the retail market size and focuses on a key issue or specific UK retail sector. The retail industry news is analysed sector by sector, making it an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the UK retail industry.


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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • The death of the high street?
      • Empty shops
        • But surely the internet is killing the high street?
          • Figure 1: Estimated market share of the online fashion market, by channel, 2009-10
        • “Tesco is taking over the world”
          • You can’t have it both ways
            • What is actually happening
              • Is that a problem?
              • Headlines for the Month

                • Grocers
                  • Food and drink specialists
                    • Clothing retailers
                      • Footwear retailing
                        • Multi-sector retailing
                          • Department stores
                            • DIY retailing
                              • Electrical retailing
                                • Furniture and furnishings
                                  • Miscellaneous specialists
                                    • Home shopping
                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                        • Books and stationery
                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                            • Toys and games retailing
                                              • Economy
                                              • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                                • Key points
                                                  • Retail sales trends
                                                    • Figure 2: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                                  • BRC
                                                    • Figure 3: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2009-11
                                                  • John Lewis
                                                    • Figure 4: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2010-11
                                                  • Inflation and wages
                                                    • Figure 5: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2005-11
                                                  • Inflation remains uncomfortably high
                                                    • Figure 6: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2010-11
                                                  • Looking forward
                                                  • Sector Analysis – Electricals

                                                      • Sector relatives
                                                        • Figure 7: Electricals specialists’ sales as % of all retail sales, 2006-10
                                                        • Figure 8: Electricals specialists’ sales as % of consumer spending on electrical goods, 2006-10
                                                      • Retail sales data
                                                        • Figure 9: Electricals retailers’ sales: Current prices, 2006-10
                                                        • Figure 10: % annual growth in retail sales, March 2010-March 2011
                                                        • Figure 11: Electricals retailers sales: current and constant prices, 2006-10
                                                      • Consumer prices inflation
                                                        • Figure 12: Indices of retail prices for product categories, January 2005-January 2011
                                                        • Figure 13: Consumer prices inflation in selected electricals categories, March 2010-March 2011
                                                      • Consumer expenditure
                                                          • Figure 14: UK: Consumer spending on goods, by major category, 2006-10
                                                        • Electrical retailers: Leading players
                                                          • Figure 15: UK: Leading electrical retailers, 2009/10 and 2010/11
                                                      • News

                                                        • Grocers
                                                          • Aldi and Lidl gain record market share
                                                            • Asda kicks off review of its online business
                                                              • Farmfoods profits rise 30%
                                                                • Morrisons
                                                                  • …first quarter sales up
                                                                    • …rolls out garden centre offer after trial success
                                                                      • Musgrave profits up 3%
                                                                        • Sainsbury's
                                                                          • …announces 'biggest-ever' own-label overhaul
                                                                            • …moves into fashion top 10 by volume
                                                                              • …Shapland leaves
                                                                                • …trials Clarks concessions
                                                                                  • Scotmid posts fall in annual profits
                                                                                    • Tesco
                                                                                      • …acquires video-on-demand service Blinkbox
                                                                                        • …axes its 'double the difference' online price promise
                                                                                          • …boss says UK performance 'still not good enough'
                                                                                            • Today's Group to go it alone
                                                                                              • Waitrose
                                                                                                • …reports biggest ever Easter Saturday
                                                                                                  • …reports strong first quarter
                                                                                                    • …to open 'dark store'
                                                                                                      • Whole Foods Kensington store posts profits
                                                                                                        • Food and drink specialists
                                                                                                          • Oddbins sells 37 stores and business to Whittall's Wine Merchants
                                                                                                            • Thorntons issues profit warning
                                                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                • France: The Kooples to open fifth London store
                                                                                                                  • Alexon returns to profit
                                                                                                                    • All Saints
                                                                                                                      • …faces D Day
                                                                                                                        • …sold to consortium led by Lion Capital
                                                                                                                          • American Apparel secures crucial refinancing deal
                                                                                                                            • Arcadia
                                                                                                                              • …eyes click-and-collect after EPoS upgrade
                                                                                                                                • …Green in talks to launch manufacturing academy
                                                                                                                                  • Fashion brands eye National Geographic Regent Street store
                                                                                                                                    • FullCircle Clothing to close
                                                                                                                                      • HandM to open first UK concession in Selfridges
                                                                                                                                        • JoJo Maman Bébé sells stake to Singh-backed private equity
                                                                                                                                          • Joules sees record profits
                                                                                                                                            • Karen Millen considers major international expansion
                                                                                                                                              • Levi's reports first quarter sales rise
                                                                                                                                                • Mango sees sales rise in 2010
                                                                                                                                                  • Monsoon pre-tax profits triple
                                                                                                                                                    • Next sales boosted by warm weather and Royal Wedding
                                                                                                                                                      • Primark
                                                                                                                                                        • …growth slows in first half
                                                                                                                                                          • …to branch out from retail sites and shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                            • Uniqlo reports modest UK sales
                                                                                                                                                              • Urban Outfitters plots UK expansion
                                                                                                                                                                • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • Clarks' profits break £100m thanks to overseas sales
                                                                                                                                                                    • LK Bennett reports losses
                                                                                                                                                                      • Mixed goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • Alworths staff fear for their jobs as retailer's future remains uncertain
                                                                                                                                                                          • Poundstretcher acquires Alworths stores
                                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-Sector Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • Argos boss leaves as profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                • Marks and Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …opens its first eco-store - but it's just the beginning, says Marc Bolland
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …hire Morrisons’ former business dev director
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Debenhams boss to stand down as profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Harvey Nichols owner eyes Aurum
                                                                                                                                                                                            • announces plans to measure customer satisfaction via social media
                                                                                                                                                                                              • John Lewis considers petrol station click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Focus DIY seeks administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kingfisher buys 31 Focus DIY stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Wickes like-for-likes rise 1.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Best Buy Europe sells off Belgian business
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Best Buy rolls out new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Carphone Warehouse reports strong quarter due to Best Buy Mobile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Maplin reports flat profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture and furnishings retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dunelm like-for-likes fall but offset by new space gains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ScS returns to profit after seeing sales climb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Steinhoff UK in restructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • N Brown reports full year profits rise 5.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Asos faces potential legal dispute from like-named German brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Achica nearing break-even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon sales rise but earnings fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Asos sales rise 70% in its fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ebay earnings growth driven by PayPal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Flying Brands suffers difficult first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ideal Shopping Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports rising profits as sale decision nears
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to be sold in £78m deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ocado appoints eBay Europe boss to board
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shop Direct looks for overseas expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wiggle gears up for £200m sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Co-op launches online pharmacy service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Savers narrows full-year losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lakeland launches new website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpetright
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …axes 350 jobs and 12 stores in latest cost drives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …forced to issue second profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …issues second profit warning of the month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Record companies ease terms to aid HMV cashflow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • HMV sees pressure mount to sell Waterstone's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Waterstone's to receive cut-price bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Staples to roll out in-store entrepreneurial courses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports half year profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to launch Funky Pigeon stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Blacks reduces full-year losses and confirms new boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • JD Sports sees profits rise but remains "extremely cautious"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • JJB Sports shareholders approve £65m fundraising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Rampant Sporting opens first store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports Direct to extend bonus scheme with rising profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …hires former Ladbrokes boss as new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …profits down but aims to 'outperform'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • BRC: Retailers suffer worst monthly sales fall since 1995
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • E-tailers confident in their outlook for 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hammerson UK reports shopping centre sales up 1.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Inflation rate falls to 4% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Institute of Grocery Distribution: High petrol prices trigger rise in online shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Like-for-like sales rise 5.2% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mobile retail searches surge 181%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • ONS: Mixed picture for retail sales continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • PWC: Online shopping goes from strength to strength
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Retail sales growth slows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shop price inflation rises to 2.5% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK high street gloom continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Westfield Stratford announces 13 September opening

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