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Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month’s provides analysis of the E-commerce sector.

This sector focus looks at:

  • An analysis of the latest UK retail sales trends
  • Growth of the retail sector tracked against inflation
  • Recent performance within the E-commerce sector.
  • The latest monthly UK retail news and commentary.

We also include an Analyst's Comment looking at John Lewis's launch of it's latest Click and Commute store in St Pancras Station, London.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Click & Commute
      • What is it?
        • High footfall
          • Why?
            • Other ideas
              • Will it work?
                • Helping the high street
                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                  • Key points
                    • Retail sales trends
                      • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2013-14
                      • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2013-2014
                    • John Lewis
                      • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-Year Growth, 2013-14
                    • Inflation and wages
                      • Figure 4: The income squeeze: Wages growth vs inflation, 2009-2013
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2013-14
                    • Looking forward
                    • Retail Focus – E-Commerce

                        • Executive summary
                          • Lower inflation depresses growth in 2014
                            • Figure 6: Internet retail sales as % of all retail sales, 2011-14
                            • Figure 7: Internet retail sales as % of all retail, January 2012 – August 2014
                          • By category: electricals sees internet take highest share
                            • Figure 8: Internet retail sales as a percentage of spending, by major category, 2014
                          • Segmentation: clothing/footwear is biggest e-commerce market
                            • Figure 9: Segmentation of total internet retail sales, 2014
                          • The consumer: clothing/footwear most popular
                            • Figure 10: The consumer: items bought online in the last 12 months, May 2014
                          • By type of retailer: stores losing share
                            • Figure 11: Internet retail sales, segmented by type of retailer, 2012-14
                            • Figure 12: Estimated share of all retail sales accounted for by online-only retailers, 2012-14
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Grocers
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                • Department stores
                                  • Electrical retailing
                                    • Mobile phone retailing
                                      • Economy
                                      • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                        • Grocers
                                          • UK: Aldi
                                            • UK: Booths to launch nationwide delivery
                                              • UK: Costcutter acquires 20% stake in Simply Fresh
                                                • UK: Morrisons
                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                    • UK: Sports Direct to invest £43m into Tesco
                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                        • UK: Waitrose has launched dedicated pet website
                                                          • Other food specialists
                                                            • UK: Greggs like-for-like sales grow 5.4% in Q3
                                                              • UK: Holland & Barrett
                                                                • UK: Thorntons profits grow 60.4%
                                                                  • UK: Whittard of Chelsea profits increase 43%
                                                                  • News Analysis – Non-Food

                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                      • UK: Bonmarché launches menswear trial
                                                                        • UK: Calzedonia ventures out from London
                                                                          • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill acquires Internaçionale assets
                                                                            • UK: Forever 21 makes £18.4m loss in the UK
                                                                              • UK: French Connection
                                                                                • UK: Jack Wills plans Asian expansion
                                                                                  • UK: Moss Bros like-for-like sales up 6.4%
                                                                                    • UK: Mothercare to inject £100m into new store designs and brands
                                                                                      • UK: N Brown sales down 0.6%
                                                                                        • UK: New Look appoints new non-executive chairman
                                                                                          • UK: Phase Eight put up for sale
                                                                                            • UK: River Island invests in multichannel offering
                                                                                              • UK: Ted Baker profits increase 24.2%
                                                                                                • UK: Topman to launch Google+ Hangouts
                                                                                                  • UK: Topshop and ShangPin join for mobile marketing initiative
                                                                                                    • UK: Zara’s UK profits fall by 34.5%
                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                        • UK: Clarks to open first dedicated men’s store
                                                                                                          • UK: Jimmy Choo to launch IPO in October
                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                              • UK: 99p Stores launch 99p a week broadband internet service
                                                                                                                • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                  • UK: Home Retail announce ‘good’ first half results
                                                                                                                    • UK: Marks and Spencer launches ‘M&S Baby’ format
                                                                                                                      • UK: Next sales jump 10.3% in the first six months of 2014
                                                                                                                        • UK: Next Q3 sales hit by warm weather
                                                                                                                          • UK: Oliver Bonas profits decline 14%
                                                                                                                            • UK: WorldStores acquires Kiddicare
                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                • UK: Beales sales drop in Q3 as stores close
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Debenhams launches Mothercare and Monsoon in store
                                                                                                                                    • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                      • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Selfridges forecasts 20% sales lift from Birmingham menswear
                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jessops returns to profit
                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dreams reports EBITDA loss of £3.7m
                                                                                                                                                  • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Lakeland profits halve to £3m following heavy investment
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Topps Tiles reports pre-tax profit rises of 30%
                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: ASOS sales grow 27%
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: sales jump 31% in the first half of the year
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Burberry and Twitter test ‘buy’ button
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Jaeger introduces new ecommerce strategy
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: John Lewis creates new role of online product director
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Land Securities announces two new click-and-collect hubs
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: sales increase 68%
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: MySale revenues grow 23.3%
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shop Direct announces new website Very Exclusive
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Smiggle to launch UK standalone transactional website
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Co-operative Group completes Pharmacy sale
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Lloydspharmacy sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Decathlon wants to open small stores and click-and-collect points
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Halfords to re-launch Cycle Republic stores in London
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JD Sports sales grow 27% in the first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Music, game and video retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: HMV makes £16.7m operating profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Tesco to sell Blinkbox
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mobile phone retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons Carphone to take on 800 Phones 4u staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Phones 4u
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Vodafone acquires 140 Phones 4u stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Toy retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Toy Store signs lease for Oxford Street shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Card retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Card Factory sales jump 8.9% in the first half of the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail price deflation increases to 1.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Retail sales grow 3.7% year-on-year in August

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Consumer

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Competitors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Market

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

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