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Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month’s focus is on food retailing.

This sector focus looks at:

  • Growth of the food retail sector tracked against inflation
  • Distribution of food sales across online, c-stores and regular stores and how the balance has evolved over the last five years
  • The performance of the discounters
  • Recent like-for-like growth records among the leading players.

We also include an Analyst's Comment looking at the merger of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • The electricals store of the future
      • Why?
        • Technology and the curse of convergence
          • Jumping through the hoops
            • World leading?
              • Looking forward
              • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                • Key points
                  • Retail sales trends
                    • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2013-14
                  • BRC data for April
                    • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2012-14
                  • John Lewis
                    • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2013-14
                  • Inflation and wages
                    • Figure 4: The income squeeze: Wages growth vs inflation, 2008-13
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2013-14
                  • Looking forward
                  • Sector Focus – Food Retailing

                      • Sector sales hit by late Easter and lower inflation
                        • Figure 6: Annual % change in grocers sector sales versus annual % change in consumer prices in food & non-alcoholic beverages, January 2013-March 2014
                      • Supermarkets’ share eroding slowly
                        • Figure 7: Grocers sector sales: Distribution by channel, 2009-14
                      • How big are the discounters?
                        • Figure 8: Retailers used for majority of grocery shopping, in-store and online, December 2013
                        • Figure 9: Aldi and Lidl UK: Share of grocers sector sales, 2012 and 2013
                      • Recent full-year results
                        • Figure 10: Major grocers: like-for-like sales growth, 2013/14
                    • Headlines for the Month

                      • Co-ops
                        • Grocers
                          • Specialist food shops
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                  • Department stores
                                    • Electrical retailing
                                      • Home shopping
                                        • Books and stationery retailing
                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                            • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                            • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                              • Co-ops
                                                • Co-op
                                                  • Convenience stores
                                                    • Nisa to trial new franchise strategy
                                                      • Grocers
                                                        • Asda begins same day click and collect
                                                          • Grocery market growth hits 11 year low
                                                            • Morrisons
                                                              • UK: Sainsbury’s sales rise 2.8%
                                                                • Tesco
                                                                  • Waitrose
                                                                    • Specialist food shops
                                                                      • Greggs sales up 4% in Q1
                                                                        • Thorntons sales fall 7.6% in Q3
                                                                          • Off-licences
                                                                            • Conviviality to acquire rival
                                                                              • Oddbins plans rapid expansion under new ownership
                                                                              • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                                                  • Bershka looks to offload flagship
                                                                                    • Blue Inc chairman stands down
                                                                                      • Bonmarché sales up 10.4%
                                                                                        • Burberry revenue up 19%
                                                                                          • Fat Face confirms London listing
                                                                                            • French Connection sales up 11%
                                                                                              • Lord Wolfson giving away his £4m bonus
                                                                                                • Whistles to launch debut menswear collection
                                                                                                  • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                    • Kurt Geiger completes management buyout
                                                                                                      • Shoe Zone to float within the next month
                                                                                                        • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                          • B&M Bargains to refinance £585m of loans
                                                                                                            • Poundland sales up 13.3%
                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                • Argos to launch new ‘digital’ store in Manchester
                                                                                                                  • Home Retail sales climb 3% to £5.66bn
                                                                                                                    • M&S Q4 results
                                                                                                                      • Department stores
                                                                                                                        • Debenhams sales up 1.5%
                                                                                                                          • House of Fraser
                                                                                                                            • John Lewis to launch first range of smart TVs
                                                                                                                              • Selfridges Birmingham to be redeveloped
                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                  • Travis Perkins sales up 15.6% in Q1
                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                      • BrightHouse chairman to step down
                                                                                                                                        • Carphone Warehouse sales increase 2.3% in the fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                            • Fast Retailing considering Cath Kidston bid
                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                • announces 40% growth in sales
                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon and Twitter launch digital shopping partnership
                                                                                                                                                    • Barratts re-launches with new website
                                                                                                                                                      • Marks and Spencer targeting improved online profitability
                                                                                                                                                        • N Brown reports operating profits up 4.7%
                                                                                                                                                          • Sit-Up falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                            • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • WHSmith
                                                                                                                                                                • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • JD Sports reports 5.7% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                      • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • Bids for Kiddicare expected by the end of April
                                                                                                                                                                          • Mothercare Q4 sales dip
                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Retail sales fall in March

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