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UK Retail Briefing - September 2018

This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment on Tesco's new discount store Jack's
  • On overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Online retailing - UK.
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Jack’s – Looking back, looking forward

      • Jack’s in name and nature
        • Fashionably-late?
          • Figure 1: The Big Four vs The Food Discounters, 2010-18
        • Giant killer or master of none?
          • Better to try
            • Where next?
            • UK Retail Sales

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                  • Figure 2: Retail sales trends, 2017/18
                  • Figure 3: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, July 2016- August 2018
                • John Lewis
                  • Figure 4: John Lewis Department Stores: Year-on-Year Growth, Jun 2017- Aug 2018
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2016-17
                • Inflation and wages
                  • Figure 6: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2015- Jul 2018
                • Confidence
                  • Figure 7: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2016 – September 2018
                • Looking forward
                • Sector Focus – Online Retailing

                    • Online growth accelerated in 2017
                      • Figure 8: All online retail sales, annual growth by month, non-seasonally adjusted, Jan 2017 –Jul 2018
                    • Online share of sales steadily increasing
                      • Figure 9: Online share of all retail sales, monthly, Jan 2017-Jul 2018
                    • Share of online sales equally split
                      • Figure 10: Share of online sales, store-based vs. pureplay retailers, Jan 2010-Jul 2018
                    • Online vs the high street
                      • Figure 11: Consumer attitudes toward the effect online retailing has on the high street, April 2018
                      • Figure 12: Type of retailer shopped with online in the past year, April 2018
                      • Figure 13: Zalando Beauty Station store, 2018
                  • Launch Activity and Innovations

                    • UK: Jamie Oliver to join Tesco to help encourage healthy eating for customers
                      • UK: Sainsbury’s piloting till-free mobile payments
                        • UK: Boux Avenue launches activewear range
                          • UK: River Island launching homeware collection
                            • UK: Poundland launches own-brand skincare range
                            • Headlines for the Month

                              • Grocers
                                • Clothing retailing
                                  • Department stores
                                    • DIY retailing
                                      • Furniture retailing
                                        • Home shopping
                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                            • Opticians
                                            • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                              • Convenience stores
                                                • UK: McColl’s Q3 like-for-like sales down 0.9%
                                                  • Grocers
                                                    • UK: Iceland to take over 19 Poundworld stores
                                                      • UK: Aldi promotes communications boss to new role of group director
                                                        • UK: Asda
                                                          • …axes price guarantee
                                                            • …reports fifth consecutive quarter of sales growth
                                                              • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                • …Asda merger given green light by major shareholder
                                                                  • …CMA investigation into Sainsbury’s Asda merger officially launches
                                                                    • …300 stores could be shut in Sainsbury’s Asda merger
                                                                      • UK: SPAR UK launches nationwide Sparbecue campaign
                                                                      • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                        • UK: Burberry to stop destroying unsaleable products and impose fur ban
                                                                          • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill pulls all House of Fraser concessions
                                                                            • UK: Fat Face reports 7.4% rise in sales in its full year
                                                                              • UK: Jack Wills
                                                                                • …enlists retail expert Rob Templeman
                                                                                  • …founder Peter Williams leaves
                                                                                    • UK: Luke 1977 to open Cheltenham store
                                                                                      • UK: Major fire destroys Primark’s flagship Belfast store
                                                                                        • UK: Next opens on its largest UK stores at Intu Merry Hill
                                                                                          • UK: Quiz clothing hit by £400,000 House of Fraser debt repayment
                                                                                            • UK: Saltrock acquired by Crew clothing
                                                                                              • UK: Topshop announces next designer collaboration
                                                                                                • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                  • UK: Footasylum warns on profit
                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                    • UK: Neil Feakins hired as Wilko’s new customer insight and data director
                                                                                                      • UK: Poundland like-for-likes grow despite trouble at parent company
                                                                                                        • UK: Poundworld brand could be saved
                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Multi-sector

                                                                                                          • UK: M&S
                                                                                                            • …hire Jeremy Pee for newly created digital role
                                                                                                              • …implemented latest round of store closures
                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                  • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                    • …appoints Rachel Osborne as new CFO
                                                                                                                      • …launches rebrand in an attempt to modernize
                                                                                                                        • …shares rise following Mike Ashley’s House of Fraser deal
                                                                                                                          • …to roll out Doddle click and collect points
                                                                                                                            • …up to 90 redundancies to be made across Debenhams fashion and homewares division
                                                                                                                              • UK: Fenwick to cut 408 jobs
                                                                                                                                • UK: Ex-Booths CEO hired as Harrods new food and home director
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Harvey Nichols rebrands as Holly Nichols for September
                                                                                                                                    • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                      • …bought by Sports Direct for £90m
                                                                                                                                        • …cancels all online orders
                                                                                                                                          • …Oxford Street store saved from closure
                                                                                                                                            • …website offline following warehouse dispute
                                                                                                                                              • …collapse expected to cost Mulberry £3 million
                                                                                                                                                • …property plan details revealed
                                                                                                                                                  • …Mike Ashley to keep 80% of House of Fraser department stores open
                                                                                                                                                    • …The Gym Group to snap up empty House of Fraser stores
                                                                                                                                                      • …reaches deal with warehouse operator XPO
                                                                                                                                                        • …warehouses close again
                                                                                                                                                          • …XPO warehouses re-open
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                              • …cuts 270 jobs as it undergoes rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                • …may take £50 million hit to profits after cutting prices this summer
                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: B&Q like-for-like growth up 3.6% in second quarter
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Homebase
                                                                                                                                                                        • …confirms intention to shut 42 stores
                                                                                                                                                                          • …11,000 jobs at risk as Homebase votes on CVA
                                                                                                                                                                            • …42 Homebase stores to shut as CVA approved
                                                                                                                                                                              • …landlords in discussion regarding legal action over CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                • …Amazon eyes Homebase stores to boost delivery business
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dixons Carphone like-for-like revenue flat
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: GAME Digital reports small dip in revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sofology launches £22 million CGI ad campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Harveys launches first ever celebrity partnership with Louise Redknapp
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Laura Ashley total like-for-like retail sales down 0.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Fearne Cotton to launch collaboration with Cath Kidston
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Amazon under fire for next day delivery claim
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Argos launches Google voice shopping service
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: swings to profit despite sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The Cotswold Company appoints former HMV CEO Ian Topping as chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Hut Group valuation hits £4bn with plans for another acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Superdrug
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …targeted by hackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …botox and cosmetic procedures to be available in Superdrug stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Office Outlet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …announces CVA proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …CVA is approved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Waterstones buys rival bookstore Foyles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: WHSmith travel arm drives full-year performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sports Direct shareholders advise to vote against Mike Ashley at AGM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Robin Phillips appointed CEO at Watch Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wyevale sells another four of its garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: French optician to launch in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Selfridges opens largest eyewear department in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Six Toys R Us stores expected to go for £40 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Away opening first international store at Seven Dials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Halford sales rise following summer boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …September Indian Summer could cost retail £320 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …August retail sales increase driven by groceries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …shop prices rise for the first time in five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: CMA launch investigation into social media influencers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: July retail sales up by 5.5%

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