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Each month Mintel’s UK Retail Briefing concentrates on a particular sector or market. This month, we look at Food retailing.

This review looks at:

  • Food retail sales growth 2016 by month
  • Inflation in the sector
  • Performance of the leading players 
  • Growth of online grocery
  • Retail news and headlines

We also include an Analyst Comment on the recent Tesco and Unilever news story in relation to price rises.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Tesco reasserting its leadership
      • Battle of wills
        • Leadership
          • PR
            • Brexit concerns
              • Where next?
              • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                • Key points
                  • Retail sales
                      • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2015/16
                      • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, Sep 2014- Sep 2016
                    • John Lewis
                      • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-Year Growth, Jun 2015- Oct 2016
                    • Inflation and wages
                      • Figure 4: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, 2010-2016
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2015-16
                    • Looking forward
                    • Sector Focus – Food Retailing

                        • Retail Sales Performance
                          • Figure 6: Retail sales: Annual % change in value and volume sales in all food stores, non-seasonally adjusted, Jan 2015-Sep 2016
                        • Specialists and small businesses outperformed during the summer
                          • Figure 7: Retail sales: Annual % change in value and sales in food stores, by operation, Jan 2015-Sep 2016
                        • Online Retail Sales
                          • Figure 8: Online retail sales: Annual % change in the value of online sales through food stores, Jan 2015-Sep 2016
                        • Food prices continue to fall
                          • Figure 9: Consumer price inflation: Annual % change in the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages and tobacco, Jan 2015-Sep 2016
                        • How are the market leaders performing?
                          • Figure 10: Leading food retailers, Latest figures, October 2016
                        • Where next?
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Grocers
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Department stores
                                • DIY retailing
                                  • Homewares retailing
                                    • Home shopping
                                      • Economy
                                      • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                        • Convenience stores
                                          • UK: Booker like-for-like sales fall 0.4%
                                            • UK: Nisa sales rise 1.1%
                                              • Grocers
                                                • UK: Aldi
                                                  • …sales rise 12% to £7.7bn
                                                    • UK: Aldi
                                                      • …takes on the high street with womenswear range
                                                        • UK: Iceland to reveal new store concept
                                                          • UK: John Lewis Partnership profits plunge 58%
                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                              • …forges locker deal with Amazon
                                                                • …sees like-for-likes grow 1.4% in the first half
                                                                  • …trials in-store student discount
                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                      • …channels investment into online fulfilment
                                                                        • …extends one-hour bicycle delivery trial
                                                                          • …like-for-like sales dip 1.1%
                                                                            • UK: Supermarkets expected to decrease package sizes as costs rise
                                                                              • UK: Supermarkets to benefit from fall in business rates
                                                                                • UK: Tesco UK like-for-like sales increase 0.6%
                                                                                  • UK: The Co-operative
                                                                                    • …convenience business drives growth
                                                                                      • …unveils premium own-label plans
                                                                                        • …refreshes loyalty scheme
                                                                                          • UK: Waitrose adds 500 new items to premium line
                                                                                            • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                              • UK: Greggs sales rise 5.6%
                                                                                                • UK: Majestic Wine profits fall below expectations
                                                                                                • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                    • UK: Arcadia introduces interest-free credit payment online
                                                                                                      • UK: Bhs
                                                                                                        • …to relaunch online this week
                                                                                                          • …launches first two Christmas ranges
                                                                                                            • UK: Bonmarché issues profit warning after poor September trading
                                                                                                              • UK: Fat Face
                                                                                                                • …pledges full price promise
                                                                                                                  • …profits hit by unseasonal weather
                                                                                                                    • UK: French Connection retail revenue down 2.3%
                                                                                                                      • UK: Jack Wills bought out by BlueGem
                                                                                                                        • UK: Matalan opens first standalone home store
                                                                                                                          • UK: Moss Bros continues to perform positively
                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare launches 'Welcome to the Club'
                                                                                                                              • UK: Next
                                                                                                                                • …half year sales up 2.6%
                                                                                                                                  • …to open in former Bhs store
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Phase Eight report strong international growth
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Primark like-for-like sales dip 2%
                                                                                                                                        • UK: River Island sales remain flat
                                                                                                                                          • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Schuh reports strong profit growth
                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundland and Pep&Co may swap some stores
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Original Factory Shop sales rise 6%
                                                                                                                                                    • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: House of Fraser EBITDA tumbles to £1.1m
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                          • …Andy Street stands down
                                                                                                                                                            • …launches single financial services brand
                                                                                                                                                              • …profits plunge 58%
                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Kingfisher like-for-likes grow 3.3% in first half
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Topps Tiles expects revenues to reach £215m
                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Brighthouse's credit checks are hitting profits
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: BT unveils new concept store to inspire retailers
                                                                                                                                                                            • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: HMV suffers an £8.8m pre-tax loss
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: GAME divests UK property
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Entertainer pre-tax profits reach £8.1 million
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: DFS revenues rise 7.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: OKA Direct posts 12% sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ScS delivers 14.8% rise in like-for-like orders
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Cath Kidston taken over by Baring Asia
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …delivers modest like-for-like growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sales fall amid weak out-of-town footfall
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: KitchenAid opens experience-led first UK shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Lakeland profits fall despite sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Fashion launches first UK television campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …opens new distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: AO World signs for new London warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Boden profits slip in a "challenging" year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Boohoo revenues surge 40%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: full-year sales surge 44%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Majestic Wine profits fall below expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Missguided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches beauty range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …unveils new maternity range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Mr Porter launches shoppable Apple TV app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ocado gross sales grow 15.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health & Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Fragrance Shop sales up 9.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Card Factory delivers 'solid set of results'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Paperchase prepares for £150m flotation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ryman acquires London Graphic Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Works full-year sales rise 9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Typo debuts in the UK, as Smiggle expands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: JD Sports revenues surge as international expansion continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct issues third profit warning this year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Florists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Interflora extends delivery options
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pet products retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home appoints new CFO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping Locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Network Rail retail sales rise 4.1% like-for-like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: New West End Company reports boost in overseas spending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Westfield set for successful 'Golden Week'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC warns of need for consumer-first Brexit strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Cash payments fall 5% in 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Food prices fall by record 1.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: MasterCard launches 'selfie' payment verification
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Planned investment in the convenience sector falls to lowest level
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Retail footfall rises 0.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail sales grow by 3.8% in August

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