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

This review looks at:

  • Clothing retail sales growth 2016 by month
  • Inflation in the sector
  • Under performance of the clothing specialists 
  • Growth of fashion online
  • Retail news and headlines

We also include an Analyst Comment on the current state of retailing across the key sectors for 2016.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

      • Retail sales in the first half
        • Food retailers
          • Food retailers in the second half
            • Clothing retailing
              • Not just online
                • Where next for clothing retailers?
                  • Department stores
                    • Other stores
                      • Online
                        • Black Friday
                          • Brexit
                            • The second half and Christmas 2016
                            • 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 August 2014- August 2016
                                  • Mintel’s financial confidence tracker
                                    • Figure 3: Trends in consumer sentiment for the coming year, Jan 2015 – Aug 2016
                                  • John Lewis
                                    • Figure 4: John Lewis: Year-on-year growth, May 2015-August 2016
                                  • Inflation and wages
                                    • Figure 5: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, 2011-16
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 6: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2015-16
                                  • Looking forward
                                  • Sector Focus

                                      • Specialists suffering…
                                        • Figure 7: Annual % change in clothing retail sales, non-seasonally adjusted, by month, Jan-2015-Aug 2016
                                      • …but spending is up
                                        • Figure 8: Consumer spending on clothing, at current prices, non-seasonally adjusted, Q1 2013 – Q1 2016
                                      • The underperformance of the market leading specialists
                                          • Figure 9: Estimated leading clothing specialists as a % of all consumer spending on clothing, 2014
                                        • Online-only players
                                          • Figure 10: Estimated market shares of online sales of clothing and footwear, 2014
                                        • The failure of BHS and Austin Reed
                                          • Supermarkets
                                            • Figure 11: Estimated leading grocery retailers share of all consumer spending on clothing and footwear, 2014
                                          • Department stores
                                            • The weather
                                              • Final thoughts
                                              • Headlines for the Month

                                                • Grocers
                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                      • Home shopping
                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                          • Economy
                                                          • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                            • Convenience Stores
                                                              • UK: McColl’s like-for-like sales fall 1.8%
                                                                • UK: Premier reaches 3,300 stores
                                                                  • Grocers
                                                                    • UK: Asda
                                                                      • …full-year sales decline 3.7%
                                                                        • …offloads photo division
                                                                          • … Q2 like-for-like sales tumble 7.5%
                                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                                              • …completes sale of Fresh Direct stake
                                                                                • …head office staff sent to help with heatwave rush in stores
                                                                                  • UK: Sainbury's
                                                                                    • …launches Tu Premium range
                                                                                      • …reveals Mini Habitat concession plans
                                                                                        • …trials 'slow shopping' scheme
                                                                                          • UK: Sicilian supermarket opens first shop in London
                                                                                            • UK: Supermarket quarterly sales fall below £100bn
                                                                                              • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                • …ramps up online offer with same-day click-and-collect
                                                                                                  • …rolls out Scan as you Shop service
                                                                                                    • …trials 24-hour stores as night tube launches
                                                                                                      • Other food specialists
                                                                                                        • UK: West Cornwall Pasty Co like-for-like sales rise 7.6%
                                                                                                          • UK: Whittard delivers 'solid progress' in 2015
                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                            • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                              • UK: Bhs
                                                                                                                • …international owner may revive the chain in the UK
                                                                                                                  • …international owners purchase customer details
                                                                                                                    • UK: French Connection eyed by Maplin owner
                                                                                                                      • UK: H&M
                                                                                                                        • …expands Cos and Monki into Bristol
                                                                                                                          • …considers standalone menswear stores
                                                                                                                            • UK: Hunkemöller launches UK website
                                                                                                                              • UK: Joules profits surge as a listed company
                                                                                                                                • UK: Jimmy Choo revenues grow 7.1%
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Lavitta expands to 10 stores
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mamas and Papas opens new small format shop
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Monsoon Accessorize to shutter 141 dual-branded stores
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Oasis opens first market town store
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Pep&Co reveals ambitious expansion plans
                                                                                                                                            • UK: River Island to partner with Snapchat
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Scarlett & Jo seeks investor funding
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Suitsupply launches digital styling service
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: TJX Europe reports slower than anticipated UK sales
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Topshop unveils see now, buy now runway initiative
                                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: B&M ramps up garden centre expansion
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Marks and Spencer
                                                                                                                                                            • …boss considers scaling back international stores
                                                                                                                                                              • …confirms 525 job cuts
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mothercare launches upgraded website
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Poundland shareholders approve takeover by Steinhoff
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Steinhoff and Poundland announce final revised offer
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Wilko poaches Argos retail director as London expansion ramps up
                                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Fenwick to open in Colchester following £35m redevelopment
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                              • …invests £9m in beauty offer
                                                                                                                                                                                • …outlines fashion and beauty focus for first Essex store
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …supports suppliers with 'Made Locally' scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Homebase sales rise 7.5% under Wesfarmers ownership
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kingfisher's UK division drives growth
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Brighthouse revenues increase 1.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dixons Carphone like-for like revenues rise 4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: DFS continues strong performance in the second half
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dwell to open new concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: IKEA opens Order & Collection store in Westfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mattress brand Casper launches in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Cath Kidston set to launch in Latin America
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Laura Ashley like-for-like sales rise 4.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches one-hour restaurant delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …rolls out Dash button in the UK and Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to create 500 jobs with new distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Asos launches plus-size menswear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: eBay launches hub for plus-size fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Farfetch surprises millionth customer with free order
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Findel approaches Terry Duddy for chairmanship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Gear4music sales surge 73%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Hello Fresh hosts cook-a-long events
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Notonthehighstreet secures £21m investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado unveils 'Organic Kitchen' campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: PrettyLittleThing partners with Doddle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop Direct delivers 43.6% profit growth as investment pays off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Lloyds rebrands Sainsbury's in-store pharmacies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Body Shop expands into Chile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Fragrance Shop offers one hour delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Card Factory sales grow 4.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: WH Smith performs in line with expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Evans Cycles' chief departs after profit slump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Halfords retail revenues grow 4.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …eyes Go Outdoors acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …secures second Oxford Street store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mountain Warehouse launches childrenswear for Zakti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct changes zero-hours contract practises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Boutique.Goldsmiths hosts Olivia Burton embossing stations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hawkins Bazaar outlines five-year expansion plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Toy Store eyes new UK stores despite Oxford Street closure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Retail footfall dips 0.4% in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail sales rise 3.6% in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Retail sales slow in August amid Olympics hype
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: launches to 'revive' the high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop vacancies rise above 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Worldpay finds 'seismic' shift in consumer payment preferences

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Market

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Innovations

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Trends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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