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UK Retail Briefing - September 2019

This month's UK Retail briefing includes:

  • An Analyst comment - Dixons Carphone launches AR experience
  • An overview of the latest UK Retail sales.
  • Sector Focus - Clothing retailing
  • Highlights of the latest UK Retail trend observations
  • Monthly UK retail news headlines and analysis

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  1. Analyst Comment – Dixons Carphone launches AR experience

      • What we've seen
        • Dixons Carphone launches AR experience
          • Figure 1: Dixons Carphone Augmented-Reality website feature, 2019
        • Augmented reality-changing the shopping journey
          • Figure 2: Future interest in using smartphone for AR-based activities, September 2018
        • Try before you buy made easier with AR
          • Figure 3: Explore more than 700 products in AR from PC Curry's website, 2019
        • What it means
        • UK Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 4: Retail sales trends, Aug 2018 – Aug 2019
            • BRC vs ONS
              • “Small retailers ‘versus’ large retailers”
                • Figure 5: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, June 2017-August 2019
              • John Lewis
                • Figure 6: John Lewis Department Stores: Year-on-Year Growth, January 2018 – September 2019
              • Inflation
                • Figure 7: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, August 2018 - August 2019
              • Inflation and wages
                • Figure 8: Real wages growth: Wages growth vs inflation, Jan 2016 – Aug 2019
              • Consumer confidence
                • Figure 9: Mintel Financial confidence tracker, January 2017 – August 2019
              • Looking forward
              • Sector Focus – Clothing and footwear

                  • The market shows further signs of improvement
                    • Store-based retailers finally showing signs of recovery
                      • Figure 10: Growth in sales, all retailers, clothing and footwear retailers, 2018-19
                    • Discounting continues to play a major role in sales volume
                      • Figure 11: Growth in sales volumes, all retailers, clothing and footwear retailers, 2018-19
                    • Inflation goes down again in August
                      • Figure 12: Inflation: Clothing and footwear and CPIH, January 2018 - August 2019
                    • Consumer spending on clothing and footwear has held up well
                      • Figure 13: Specialists sales relative to all spending on clothing and footwear, 2000-2019
                    • Current state of the market leaders
                      • Figure 14: Leading clothing specialists, share of all spending on clothing, 2018
                      • Figure 15: Leading clothing and footwear specialists: change in market shares, 2014-18
                    • The clothing industry and circular fashion
                      • Where to next?
                      • Launch Activity and Innovations

                        • Asda launches second-hand pop-up shop
                          • Flannels opens first London store
                            • New Look launches vegan collection
                            • Headlines for the Month

                              • Convenience stores
                                • Grocers
                                  • Clothing retailing
                                    • Footwear retailing
                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                        • Electrical retailing
                                          • Music and video goods retailing
                                            • Online shopping
                                              • Health & beauty retailing
                                                • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                  • Convenience stores
                                                    • UK: McColl Q3 sales fall 2.2%
                                                      • UK: Nisa rolls out self-service checkouts
                                                        • Grocers
                                                          • UK: Aldi
                                                            • …loses court battle over look-a-like make-up line
                                                              • …to be the first to scrap plastic on tinned tuna
                                                                • UK: Asda sales benefit from late falling Easter
                                                                  • UK: Lidl reminds its suppliers to cover no-deal Brexit costs
                                                                    • UK: Morrison plans closure of four branches risking 400 jobs
                                                                      • UK: Sainsbury’s launches Hero themed collector cards promo with Disney
                                                                        • UK: Tesco to ban brands from its shelves that use excessive plastic packaging
                                                                          • UK: Waitrose & Partners to be the first supermarket to sell pullet eggs
                                                                            • Off-licences
                                                                              • UK: Former boss John Colley to return to Majestic Wine
                                                                              • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                • UK: Ann Summers secures rent deals on 95 shops
                                                                                  • UK: Arcadia
                                                                                    • …posts huge losses in latest full-year results
                                                                                      • …US landlords drop CVA challenges against Arcadia
                                                                                        • UK: Coach owner, Tapestry posts sales of $1.5bn in Q4
                                                                                          • UK: Guess second-quarter net revenue reaches £557.69 million
                                                                                            • UK: H&M
                                                                                              • …teams up with brand Richard Allan
                                                                                                • …demands turnover-rents from landlords to cut costs
                                                                                                  • …launches music partnership as part of new loyalty scheme
                                                                                                    • UK: Monsoon Accessorize faces legal challenge to its CVA
                                                                                                      • UK: Primark
                                                                                                        • …full-year results rise 3%
                                                                                                          • …plans to roll out food and drink formats
                                                                                                            • …to train 160,000 farmers as part of its Sustainable Cotton Programme
                                                                                                              • UK: Pull & Bear opens new larger store in Liverpool ONE
                                                                                                                • UK: Reiss H1 sales rise 23.7%
                                                                                                                  • UK: River Island seeks to cut rents by 40%
                                                                                                                    • UK: Superdry appoints IMG as new licensing partner
                                                                                                                      • UK: Ted Baker
                                                                                                                        • …appoints Next as new childrenswear licensing partner
                                                                                                                          • …signs licensing deal with Japanese partner Sojitz Infinity
                                                                                                                            • UK: Trading update from Quiz expects the retailer to return to profits despite tough trading
                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                • UK: Clarks seeks 30% rent reductions
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dr Martens profits and sales soar
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Office considers 15 store closures
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Puma launches Endorphin Store in Shoreditch London
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Schuh calls in KPMG
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shoe Zone issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                            • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield sees footfall grow over the summer
                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Mixed goods

                                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                  • …releases positive results with revenue growing 3%
                                                                                                                                                    • …to trial prices below £1
                                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Halford sales fall 3.2%
                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Debenhams seeks counsel from Deloitte as its CVA is challenged by one of its landlords
                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Currys PC to sell Amazon Fire TV’s in UK
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dixons Carphone posts a rise in like-for-like sales of 2%
                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: HMV to open giant concept store in Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dunhelm celebrates 40 years of trading and sees 10.7% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Emma Mattress reveals partnership with John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Giorgetti, Italian furniture retailer opens first UK store
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Laura Ashley posts a pre-tax loss of £14.3m
                                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Online shopping

                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …opens its first Clicks & Mortar store in Scotland
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …under fire for non-recyclable packaging
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Angling Direct sees sales grow 21%
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …asks its suppliers for discounts
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …criticised for labelling women's size 14 as XL
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Boohoo raises full-year outlook
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop Direct to sell Topshop lines for the first time
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: MySale seeks £10m funding from share placing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Superdrug bucks high street trend of store closures with 13 new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Card Factory see sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Totally Wicked products available at WHSmith stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: WHSmith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …opens first UK InMotion store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …releases a positive pre-close trading update
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: JD Sports posts 46.9% increase in group sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct closes eight Jack Wills stores and warns of more closures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Links London in the race to find a buyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Watches of Switzerland surpasses £200m mark in Q1 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Toy specialist Hawkin’s Bazaar up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BRC figures for August flatlines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Prominent retailers come together demanding kinder business rates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail sales climb 3.7% in July

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