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UK Retail Briefing - November 2009

UK Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis that includes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & A activities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally each month, UK Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific UK retail sector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, making this an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the UK retail industry.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • There will be Christmas cheer this year
      • Consumers
        • Timing
          • Intentions for 2009
            • Figure 1: Difference between those planning to spend more and those planning to spend less, 2001-09
            • Figure 2: Christmas spending intentions, 2001-09
          • The young are the most optimistic
            • Figure 3: Spending plans by age, 2009
            • Figure 4: Those planning to spend more this Christmas, by age, 2008 and 2009
          • Attitudes
            • Figure 5: Attitudes to Christmas spending, 2002-09
          • The Internet
            • Figure 6: Attitudes to Christmas spending over the Internet, 2008-09
          • But – will they go out and spend anyway?
            • Figure 7: Tendency to splash out to have a good Christmas, 2008-09
          • VAT
            • Predictions
              • Have a good Christmas
                • Looking further ahead
                  • A note on the research
                  • Headlines for the Month

                    • Food retailers
                      • Clothing
                        • Mixed goods
                          • Multi-sector
                            • Department stores
                              • Carpet retailers
                                • Homewares
                                  • Home shopping
                                    • Sports retailers
                                    • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                      • Key points
                                        • Retail sales trends
                                          • Figure 8: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                        • BRC data
                                          • Figure 9: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2007/09
                                          • Figure 10: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2008-09
                                        • Inflation and wages
                                          • Figure 11: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2007-09
                                        • The RPI up again
                                          • Figure 12: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
                                        • Looking forward
                                        • Sector Analysis – Electricals

                                            • Sales trends
                                              • Weak retailers
                                                • Volume sales
                                                  • Figure 13: Electrical specialist retailers, sales trends, 1999-2009
                                                  • Figure 14: Electrical retailers as percentage of all retail sales, 1998-2009
                                                • Consumer expenditure
                                                  • Figure 15: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories (£m), 1998-2008
                                                • Retailer performance
                                                  • Figure 16: Electricals specialists sales relative to spending on electricals goods, 1998-2009 (H1)
                                                • Prospects
                                                  • Retail price inflation
                                                    • Figure 17: Indices of retail prices for product categories, 2000-09
                                                  • Electrical retailers: Latest trends
                                                    • Figure 18: UK: Leading electical retailers, 2008/09
                                                • The Month in UK Retail

                                                    • Co-ops (retail)
                                                      • Co-op posts H1 profit increase
                                                        • Grocers
                                                          • Morrisons asks suppliers for support
                                                            • Tesco
                                                              • … to create 1,000 jobs in bank division
                                                                • … to invest £3 million in senior staff development
                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                    • First Quench
                                                                      • on the brink of administration
                                                                        • … plunges into administration
                                                                          • … to close 373 Threshers stores
                                                                            • … circled by potential buyers
                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                • Arcadia profits increase 13%
                                                                                  • Bhs overhaul planned
                                                                                    • Burberry enjoys revenue boost
                                                                                      • Matalan ponders £1.5 billion sale
                                                                                        • Primark LFLs up 7%
                                                                                          • TM Lewin posts record results
                                                                                            • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                              • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                • … buys back debt at a discount
                                                                                                  • … loses out in Swedish auction
                                                                                                    • … posts 11.6% revenue boost
                                                                                                      • Home Retail Group H1 profit up
                                                                                                        • Instore H1 losses narrow
                                                                                                          • Mothercare
                                                                                                            • LFLs up 4.1%
                                                                                                              • … signs deal for Indian expansion
                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                  • M&S
                                                                                                                    • … launches climate change campaign
                                                                                                                      • … plots food sales boost
                                                                                                                        • … posts solid results, to sell brands in stores
                                                                                                                          • … to unveil overhauled website
                                                                                                                            • … to increase sales with online food offering
                                                                                                                              • Next sales beat expectations
                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                  • Debenhams
                                                                                                                                    • … chairman to leave
                                                                                                                                      • … enjoys profit boost
                                                                                                                                        • … to restart refurbishment plan
                                                                                                                                          • Harrods to sell gold bars
                                                                                                                                            • John Lewis posts online sales surge
                                                                                                                                              • Liberty posts "strong" July sales
                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher demands better terms from landlords
                                                                                                                                                    • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                      • Carpetright reports better-than-expected H1 sales
                                                                                                                                                        • Floors-2-Go seeks funds for expansion
                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                            • BrightHouse LFLs up 9.9%
                                                                                                                                                              • Dunelm enjoys LFLs increase
                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon sales and profits up
                                                                                                                                                                    • Flying Brands
                                                                                                                                                                      • … raises £1.76 million through share placing
                                                                                                                                                                        • … sales down 2%
                                                                                                                                                                          • N Brown posts 13% profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                            • Shop Direct warns rival Alworths
                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • Habitat could be put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Greeting cards retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Clinton Cards results improve in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Body Shop LFLs down 0.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                              • … posts mixed results
                                                                                                                                                                                                • … confident about Christmas 2009 season
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Blacks Leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … H1 loss widens to £18 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … proposes CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … reports £100 million fundraising success
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … shareholder sells 22 million shares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … quashes fund raising cancellation rumours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports Direct to lose largest stakeholding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Aurum agrees refinancing, posts solid results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Signet posts sales decrease
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Executive Appointments and Advertising News

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Executive appointments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Bigg’s president retires
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Advertising news
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • New campaigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Argos in Christmas push
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Borders UK plots loyalty scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BrightHouse launches biggest-ever marketing campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Co-op in climate change protest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Littlewoods launches its Christmas campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Matalan in Halloween haunt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mothercare teams up with Turner Broadcasting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Threshers three-for-£8 deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Topman rolls out Christmas gift guide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waitrose in responsible drinking campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Woolworths seasonal campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Accounts gains and losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Comet in £13 million ad review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • French Connection hires Poke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Asda moves £75 million advertising account into Saatchi & Saatchi

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