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UK Retail Briefing - May 2018

This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment on the current state of UK's High streets.
  • On overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - DIY Retailing - UK.
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Another Parliamentary Investigation

      • Are the high streets in decline?
        • Figure 1: Major sectors growth in 2017
        • Figure 2: Major sectors share of all retail sales, 2017
      • But what about all these retail failures?
        • Fashion – Rabbits in the headlights
          • What do we mean by online?
            • Where next for online?
              • Book shops
                • Electricals
                  • And so what about the high street?
                    • Consumers rule
                    • UK Retail Sales

                      • Key points
                        • Retail sales
                          • Figure 3: Retail sales trends, 2016/17
                          • Figure 4: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2016-2018
                        • John Lewis
                          • Figure 5: John Lewis Department Stores: Year-on-Year Growth, Apr 2017- May 2018
                        • Inflation
                          • Figure 6: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2016-17
                        • Inflation and wages
                          • Figure 7: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2015- Apr 2018
                        • Confidence
                          • Figure 8: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2016 – April 2018
                        • Looking forward
                        • Sector Focus – DIY Retailing

                            • Value sales remain volatile…
                              • Figure 9: Annual non-seasonally adjusted percentage change in the value sales of hardware, paints and glass retailers and all retail sales at current prices, Mar 2017-Mar 2018
                            • …as does volume
                              • Figure 10: Annual non-seasonally adjusted percentage change in the volume sales of hardware, paints and glass retailers and all retail sales at current prices, Mar 2017-Mar 2018
                            • Prices of DIY soar
                              • Figure 11: Annual percentage change in the price of tools and equipment for house and garden and overall inflation, Jul 2017-Mar 2018
                            • Housing market declining
                              • Figure 12: Net of all Home improvement projects undertaken, by length of stay in current home, March 2018
                              • Figure 13: Number of residential property transactions £40,000 or above, by month, Oct 2016-Mar 2018
                            • Major players
                              • Bunnings/Homebase
                                • Wickes (Travis Perkins)
                                  • B&Q and Screwfix (Kingfisher Group)
                                  • Innovations and Launch Activity

                                    • UK: Amazon buys UK rights to US Open tennis tournament
                                      • UK: B&Q considers moving onto the high street
                                        • UK: H&M to collaborate with MOSCHINO
                                          • UK: Iceland launches first online store in China on JD.com
                                          • Headlines for the Month

                                            • Food and Drink
                                              • Clothing and Footwear
                                                • Home and Household Goods
                                                  • Online
                                                    • Other Retailing
                                                      • Economy
                                                      • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                        • UK: Co-op…
                                                          • …launches new mobile site to help staff manage shifts online
                                                            • …takeover of Nisa given green light by watchdog
                                                              • …trials robot delivery in Milton Keynes
                                                                • UK: Holland & Barrett sales rise as profits fall over 2017
                                                                  • UK: Greggs sales up but outlook remains cautious
                                                                    • UK: Iceland to cut palm oil from all own-brand products
                                                                      • UK: Majestic Wine accelerates growth plans
                                                                        • UK: Marks & Spencer…
                                                                          • …launches new in-store marketing campaign
                                                                            • …to close Warrington distribution centre
                                                                              • UK: Merchant Gourmet launches pop-up in Waitrose store
                                                                                • UK: Morrisons sales up 3.6% in Q1
                                                                                  • UK: Nisa…
                                                                                    • …Former Tesco boss becomes new Nisa CEO
                                                                                      • …sales up thanks to store acquisitions from Palmer & Harvey
                                                                                        • UK: Sainsbury’s…
                                                                                          • …drops project to halve household food waste
                                                                                            • …offers ‘touch-free’ meat packaging
                                                                                              • …sales up 9% in 2017
                                                                                                • …trials London delivery with electric cargo bikes
                                                                                                  • …and Asda propose merger
                                                                                                    • UK: Tesco…
                                                                                                      • …launches smaller wine bottles aimed at millenials
                                                                                                        • …produces juices made from ‘wonky’ produce
                                                                                                          • …profits soar in 2017
                                                                                                            • UK: Waitrose to remove all disposable coffee cups by autumn 2018
                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                              • UK: American Apparel to relaunch in the UK
                                                                                                                • UK: app for recycling unwanted clothes in exchange for discounts launches
                                                                                                                  • UK: Bench calls in administrators
                                                                                                                    • UK: boohoo profit up 40% over 2017 as revenue soars
                                                                                                                      • UK: Bonmarché store sales fall as online rises in 2017
                                                                                                                        • UK: Burberry to examine fur policy
                                                                                                                          • UK: Christo Wiese steps down from New Look board
                                                                                                                            • UK: East to cease trading in May after failing to find a buyer
                                                                                                                              • UK: French Connection to sell Toast brand
                                                                                                                                • UK: Jacques Vert and Precis owner set to appoint administrators
                                                                                                                                  • UK: JD Sports…
                                                                                                                                    • …opens store in airport
                                                                                                                                      • …sales and profits soar over 2017
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mothercare sales fall as footfall suffers in Q4
                                                                                                                                          • UK: N Brown…
                                                                                                                                            • …sales edge up as profit falls in 2017
                                                                                                                                              • …to stock Quiz range
                                                                                                                                                • UK: new concept store to support emerging designers opens in London
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: New Look sees credit insurance cut
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Next first quarter sales rise 6%
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Primark profits hold firm as like-for-likes fall in H1
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Quiz…
                                                                                                                                                          • …expands into menswear
                                                                                                                                                            • …sales grow 30% in 2017
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: River Island to launch an online third-party brand store
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Select opts for CVA and says no stores will be closed
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Simply Be unveils customer rewards scheme
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Yours Clothing revenue rises 22% over 2017
                                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright…
                                                                                                                                                                          • …creditors approve CVA and close 81 stores
                                                                                                                                                                            • …issues profit warning and shareholders approve CVA
                                                                                                                                                                              • …to close 92 stores as part of proposed CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                • …hedge fund doubles Carpetright stake ahead of CVA vote
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Tapi in talks to buy Carpetright stores
                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bunnings UK sales fall 13.5% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Homebase…
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …former Comet owner targets Homebase
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sale advertised with gift to entice bidders
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Travis Perkins sales up in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Alex Baldock enacts changes at the top of Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jessops launches new store format
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mike Ashley now GAME’s largest single shareholder
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dunelm revenue rises in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: House opens first three stores in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: ASOS…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sales up 27% as it passes one billion site visits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to launch own-brand homewares range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: click-and-collect company Doddle launches Facebook chatbot for returns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kleeneze enters administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado partners with Swedish grocer ICA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Swoon…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches pop-up shop amid brand overhaul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sales grow 83% in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Other Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Card Factory profits down over 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Waterstones sold to Elliott Advisors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: WH Smith sales remain flat despite strong travel performance in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …suffers severe profit loss of 85% over first half year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to offer a global money transfer service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Harrods inaugurates its first luxury charity shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: House of Fraser…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …drafts in KPMG to help with restructuring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to close stores as part of CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to launch premium Chinese brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis runs year-long start-up incubator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Selfridges launches first cinema advertising campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Garden retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Carol Paris receives backing to set up new garden centre group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Cherry Lane acquires David’s Nurseries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: FeelUnique introduces pre-orders for cult beauty products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Fragrance Shop sales increase 6% over 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mixed goods retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Tofs to close stores as part of turnaround plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Argos adds 150 new tech roles in London and Milton Keynes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundworld considers closing up to 100 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pet product retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Love My Human opens first physical store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Hammerson…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …rejects latest Klepierre takeover offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …withdraws Intu takeover bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: April retail sales fall 3.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: footfall at lowest levels since end of 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: grocery regulator gives tentative green light to Sainsbury’s/Asda merger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: March retail sales up despite poor weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: shop prices fall in April

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