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UK Retail Briefing - September 2010

UK Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis thatincludes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & Aactivities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally eachmonth, UK Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific UK retailsector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, makingthis an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the UK retailindustry.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • What’s a brand name worth?
      • What does MFI stand for?
        • All the same old mistakes
        • Headlines of the Month

          • Food retailers
            • Clothing retailers
              • Mixed goods
                • Multi-sector
                  • Department stores
                    • Electricals
                      • Furniture
                        • Home shopping
                          • Health and beauty
                            • Books and stationery
                              • Sports and leisure
                                • Jewellers
                                • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                  • Key points
                                    • Retail sales trends
                                      • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                    • BRC and ONS back into line
                                      • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2009-10
                                    • John Lewis
                                      • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, 2009-10
                                    • Inflation and wages
                                      • Figure 4: RPI vs Average weekly earnings growth, 2008-10
                                    • Inflation remains uncomfortably high
                                      • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-10
                                    • Looking forward
                                    • Sector Focus – Furniture, Carpets and DIY

                                        • Sector relatives
                                          • Figure 6: Furniture retailers relative to all retail sales, 1999-2010 H1
                                          • Figure 7: Carpets retailers relative to all retail sales, 1999-2010 H1
                                          • Figure 8: DIY retailers relative to all retail sales, 1999-2010 H1
                                        • Housing
                                          • Figure 9: Housing transactions, 2005-10 Q1
                                          • Figure 10: UK: House Prices, 2000-10 (Aug)
                                        • Sector data
                                          • Figure 11: Furniture retailers, sales trends, 2000-10
                                        • Carpets
                                          • Figure 12: Carpet retailers, sales trends, 2000-10
                                        • DIY
                                          • Figure 13: DIY retailers, sales trends, 2000-10
                                        • Retail price inflation
                                          • Figure 14: Indices of retail prices for product categories (household goods), Jan 2005-Aug 2010
                                        • Consumer expenditure
                                          • Figure 15: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 2005-09
                                        • Leading retailers
                                          • Furniture retailers
                                            • Figure 16: Furniture retailers – Leading specialists, 2009/10
                                          • Carpets
                                            • Figure 17: Carpet retailers – Leading specialists, 2009/10
                                          • DIY
                                            • Figure 18: DIY retailers – Leading specialists, 2008/09
                                        • News Analysis

                                          • Bakers (retail)
                                            • Thorntons reports profits fall
                                              • Co-ops (retail)
                                                • Co-op H1 profits rise
                                                  • Grocers
                                                    • Asda
                                                      • …chief lambasts its food offer
                                                        • …lowers petrol prices
                                                          • …reports LFLs drop
                                                            • Morrisons enjoys profit boost
                                                              • Ocado reports 29.5% sales rise
                                                                • Sainsbury's
                                                                  • …and Nectar launch iPhone apps
                                                                    • …to roll out 'eco-friendly' milk bags
                                                                      • Spar sales boosted by improved range
                                                                        • Tesco
                                                                          • …announces bullish China plans
                                                                            • …launches triple Clubcard points scheme
                                                                              • …to open drive-thru supermarket
                                                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                                                  • Europe: TJX Europe suffers profit slump
                                                                                    • Sweden: H&M LFLs up 10%
                                                                                      • Adams launches new concessions
                                                                                        • Alexon
                                                                                          • …appoints commercial director
                                                                                            • …looks for web growth
                                                                                              • Evans targets plus-size teens
                                                                                                • Fossil enjoys strong results
                                                                                                  • M&Co doubles profits
                                                                                                    • Republic launches ad campaign
                                                                                                      • Sixty UK files for liquidation
                                                                                                        • USC uses website to sell overseas
                                                                                                          • Zara launches transactional website
                                                                                                            • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                              • B&M Bargains buys Opus Homewares for £48 million
                                                                                                                • Home Retail profits hit by Argos performance
                                                                                                                  • Poundland profits soar
                                                                                                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                      • HMV sales dented by World Cup
                                                                                                                        • M&S
                                                                                                                          • …starts student initiative
                                                                                                                            • …to close Midlands stores
                                                                                                                              • …confirms Swannell as chairman
                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                  • Debenhams launches unexpected sale
                                                                                                                                    • Fenwick sales and profits down
                                                                                                                                      • House of Fraser launches overseas delivery
                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis opens second At Home outlet
                                                                                                                                          • Littlewoods launches TV campaign
                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                              • Dixons Retail sales boosted by World Cup
                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • Dwell secures £5 million funding
                                                                                                                                                    • MFI relaunched
                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                        • Bond takes stake in Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                          • Confetti in administration
                                                                                                                                                            • Ebay plots major fashion push
                                                                                                                                                              • Findel
                                                                                                                                                                • …mulls Express Gifts sale
                                                                                                                                                                  • …sells CWIO division
                                                                                                                                                                    • Flying Brands
                                                                                                                                                                      • …acquires online gardening business
                                                                                                                                                                        • …profit down
                                                                                                                                                                          • Moonpig profits almost double
                                                                                                                                                                            • N Brown launches Simply Be in US
                                                                                                                                                                              • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • Body Shop enjoys improved results
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waterstone's
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …founder ponders buy-back bid
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to open food outlets in stores
                                                                                                                                                                                          • WH Smith buys Gadget Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                              • JJB shareholder ups stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Snow+Rock buys Runners Need
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports Direct enjoys sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Signet reports improved Q2 performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • BRC: Retail sales improve in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • CBI: Retail sales up in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Online sales up in July, says IMRG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ONS: Retail sales improve in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Retail sales in Scotland decrease in July

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