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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:

  • Retail sales of food
  • Impact of price deflation
  • Move away from superstores
  • Impact of Aldi & Lidl on the grocery mutiples
  • Price competition

We also include an Analyst's Comment looking at whether we think the online sector is coming of age.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • How the online market is coming of age
      • Electricals
        • Figure 1: Profile of online electricals buyers, 2012-14
      • Fashion
        • Figure 2: Profile of leading clothing retailers, by age and socio-economic group, instore and online, 2014
      • Food
        • Figure 3: Proportion of shoppers doing all or most of their food shopping online, 2011-15
      • Online shoppers spend less
        • Implications
        • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

          • Key points
            • Retail sales trends
                • Figure 4: Retail sales trends, 2014/15
                • Figure 5: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2013-15
              • John Lewis
                • Figure 6: John Lewis: Year-on-Year Growth, 2014-15
              • Inflation and wages
                • Figure 7: The income squeeze: Wages growth vs inflation, 2009-15
              • Inflation
                • Figure 8: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2014-15
              • Looking forward
              • Sector Focus – Food Retailing

                  • The big four underperform:
                    • Deflationary food prices – driven by competition
                      • Figure 9: Consumer prices: Annual % change in the food and non-alcoholic beverages, April 2013- April 2015
                      • Figure 10: Retail sales: Annual % change in value and volume sales in food stores, March 2013-March 2015
                    • Superstores in decline
                      • Figure 11: Estimated share of all grocery retail sales by sector, 2009-15
                    • The impact of Aldi and Lidl
                      • Figure 12: Leading grocery retailers, annual % change in sales (ex-vat), 2010-14
                      • Figure 13: Market shares: The Big Four and The Discounters, 2009-14
                    • So how have the grocers been fighting back?
                    • Headlines for the Month

                      • Grocers
                        • Clothing retailing
                          • Multi-sector retailing
                            • Department stores
                              • DIY retailing
                                • Electrical retailing
                                  • Furniture and homeware retailing
                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                      • Home shopping
                                        • Economy
                                        • News Analysis – Food & Drink

                                          • Co-ops (retail)
                                            • UK: Co-operative Food
                                              • …members press for election overhaul
                                                • …says it cannot enhance commitment to Fairtrade
                                                  • Convenience stores
                                                    • UK: One Stop opens two in-store Subway concessions
                                                      • Grocers
                                                        • UK: Morrisons
                                                          • …former boss receives £1m bonus
                                                            • …Q1 sales down 1.1%
                                                              • …to cut head office staff by a third
                                                                • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                  • …converting space to non-food
                                                                    • …gains Next’s former CFO
                                                                      • …reports first loss in ten years
                                                                        • …to cut 800 in-store jobs
                                                                          • UK: Supermarkets could face pricing probe
                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                              • …appoints Master of Wine
                                                                                • …appoints new group brand director
                                                                                  • …expected to reveal new investment into pension scheme
                                                                                    • …rejects a bid for its South Korean assets
                                                                                      • …reports £6.4bn loss
                                                                                        • …takes over full ownership of the Euphorium bakery chain
                                                                                          • Other food specialists
                                                                                            • UK: Community Store announces plans to expand in the UK
                                                                                              • UK: Greggs sales grow 5.0% in Q1
                                                                                                • UK: Holland & Barret
                                                                                                  • …to open its first US stores
                                                                                                    • …opens first Free From store
                                                                                                      • UK: Majestic Wine acquires Naked Wines
                                                                                                        • UK: Thorntons reports ‘mixed’ performance for Q3
                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                          • Clothing and footwear retailing
                                                                                                            • UK: Bonmarché has challenging fourth quarter
                                                                                                              • UK: Burberry revenues rise 9% in the second half of the year.
                                                                                                                • UK: Charles Tyrwhitt sales jump 20%
                                                                                                                  • UK: Cuplé opens its first London store
                                                                                                                    • UK: French Connection warns on sales and financial performance
                                                                                                                      • UK: LK Bennett sales rise 4.4%
                                                                                                                        • UK: Monsoon Accessorize suffers sales and profit decline
                                                                                                                          • UK: N Brown sales flat on the year
                                                                                                                            • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                              • …in takeover talks
                                                                                                                                • …eyed by investors
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Next
                                                                                                                                    • …chief executive pledges to raise shopfloor wages
                                                                                                                                      • …sales up 4.1% in Q1
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shoe Zone fails to meet market expectations
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shoon
                                                                                                                                            • …bought out
                                                                                                                                              • …enters Company Voluntary Arrangement
                                                                                                                                                • UK: SuperGroup posts 16.7% retail growth
                                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Laura Ashely sales and profits rise in 2014
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mothercare beginning to benefit from turnaround plan
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                          • …sales reach £1bn
                                                                                                                                                            • …proposed purchase of 99p Store under scrutiny
                                                                                                                                                              • …purchase of 99p stores faces full investigation
                                                                                                                                                                • …brings forward review of 99p Stores deal
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Poundworld unveils new ecommerce website
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Tiger to open new store in Milton Keynes
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Woolworths staff lose compensation battle
                                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: BHS to expand its food offering
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                              • …like-for-like sales rise 1.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                • …losses widen in Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Harrods taken over by Samsung
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …achieves ‘record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …appoints Colin Elliot as new Financial Director
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Liberty owner shows interest in Ben Sherman
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis launches recruitment drive for 850 new roles
                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Travis Perkins consumer division reports sales growth of 8.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Apple revenues grow 27.2% in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BrightHouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reveals new business practises
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …unveils ambitious growth plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Carphone Warehouse to launch new mobile network iD next week
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Maplin reports strongest sales growth in seven years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Phones4U creditors to receive 0.4p per pound owed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture and homeware retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carpetright sales grow 5.4% in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dunelm Chairman to stand down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ikea UK sees profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ScS reports mixed Q3 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Boden announces shoppable digital catalogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Boohoo sales soar 27% in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Farfetch to use investment to drive growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Home Retail Group full-year sales edge up 1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hut Group announces 39% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: in funding talks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mr Porter develops sportswear offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Net-a-Porter announces new shoppable social network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches Apple Watch grocery app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …patents robots for picking and packing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: WH Smith high street sales suffer again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toy retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hornby expects to post first profit in three years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Evans Cycles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …close to purchase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …acquired by ECI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JD Sports revenues climb 25%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pet goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Pets at Home sales grow 9.6% in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Like-for-like retail sales rise 3.2% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Retail sales rise 4.1% in March

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This report will give you a complete 360-degree view of your market. Not only is it rooted in robust proprietary and high-quality third-party data, but our industry experts put that data into context and you’ll quickly understand:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Consumer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Competitors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Innovations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Trends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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