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UK Retail Briefing - May 2014

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.

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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

                                                                                                                                                                              UK Retail Briefing - May 2014

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