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UK Retail Briefing - UK - March 2009

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Old brands reborn
      • The residual value
        • Woolworths
          • High street and internet
          • Headlines for March

              • Food retailers
                • Clothing and footwear
                  • DIY
                    • Electricals
                      • Household goods
                        • Miscellaneous
                          • Home shopping
                          • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                              • Retail sales trends
                                • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                              • Early indications for February
                                • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2007/09
                                • Figure 3: John Lewis: Year on year growth, H2 2008/09
                              • Inflation and wages
                                • Figure 4: RPI vs Wage rate growth, 2007-09
                              • Inflation has begun to fall back
                                • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, Nov 2007-Jan 2009
                              • Looking forward
                              • Sector Focus – Furniture, Carpets and DIY

                                  • Sales trends
                                    • Attitudes
                                      • Housing
                                        • Figure 6: UK house prices, 2001-09
                                        • Figure 7: Housing transactions, 2005-08
                                      • Furniture
                                        • Figure 8: Furniture retailers, sales trends, 1999-2008
                                        • Figure 9: Furniture retailers relative to all retail sales, 1999-2008
                                      • Carpets
                                        • Figure 10: Carpet retailers, sales trends, 1999-2008
                                        • Figure 11: Carpet retailers relative to all retail sales, 1999-2008
                                      • DIY
                                          • Figure 12: DIY retailers, sales trends, 1999-2008
                                          • Figure 13: DIY retailers relative to all retail sales, 1999-2008
                                        • Retail price inflation
                                            • Figure 14: Indices of retail prices for product categories (household goods), Jan 2004-Jan 2009
                                          • Consumer expenditure
                                            • Figure 15: Consumer expenditure on selected product categories, 2003-08 (Q3)
                                          • Leading retailers
                                            • Furniture retailers
                                              • Figure 16: Furniture retailers’ sales relative to spending on furniture, 2003-08
                                              • Figure 17: Furniture retailers – Leading specialists, 2007/08
                                            • Carpets
                                              • Figure 18: Carpet retailers’ sales relative to spending on carpets, 2003-28
                                              • Figure 19: Carpet retailers – Leading specialists, 2007/08
                                            • DIY
                                                • Figure 20: DIY retailers – Leading specialists, 2007/08
                                            • Executive Appointments

                                              • Asda appoints new COO
                                                • BRC appoints new chairman
                                                  • Flying Brands chief executive leaves
                                                    • La Senza chief leaves
                                                      • New Look appoints Gemas as new COO
                                                        • Somerfield CEO steps down
                                                        • Advertising News

                                                          • New campaigns
                                                            • Co-op to launch campaign to extol brand virtues
                                                              • M&S £2 meal drive
                                                                • Waitrose in social network push
                                                                  • Account gains and losses
                                                                    • Jaeger hires Red
                                                                    • Advertising Expenditure

                                                                        • Figure 21: Total advertising expenditure, by all advertisers (£m), Dec 2004-Dec 2008
                                                                        • Figure 22: Total advertising expenditure, by all retail advertisers (£m), Dec 2004-Dec 2008
                                                                      • Use of media
                                                                        • Figure 23: Use of media by retail and all advertisers (£m), Dec 2007-Dec 2008
                                                                        • Figure 24: Use of media by retail and all advertisers (%), Dec 2007-Dec 2008
                                                                      • Top 25 retail advertisers
                                                                        • Figure 25: Top 25 retail advertisers, Nov-Dec 2008
                                                                    • The Month in UK Retailing

                                                                      • Bakers (retail)
                                                                        • Thorntons H1 profits plummet 39%
                                                                          • Grocers
                                                                            • Asda
                                                                              • …posts impressive FY results
                                                                                • …removes underperforming brands from stores
                                                                                  • …reports February sales boost
                                                                                    • Morrisons wades into supermarket price war
                                                                                      • Sainsbury's purchases Co-op stores
                                                                                        • Tesco
                                                                                          • …launches new format
                                                                                            • …wins appeal over ruling to curb expansion
                                                                                              • …and Asda ramp up pressure in price war
                                                                                                • Waitrose wades into supermarket price war
                                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                                    • Majestic Wine acquires Lay & Wheeler
                                                                                                      • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                        • Adams saved by former owner
                                                                                                          • Arcadia and Bhs to merge
                                                                                                            • Bhs plans outlined by Green
                                                                                                              • Blooming Marvellous saved by investors
                                                                                                                • Elvi put into administration
                                                                                                                  • Laura Ashley reports results, issues profit warning
                                                                                                                    • UK: Mosaic
                                                                                                                      • … poised for pre-pack administration
                                                                                                                        • … fashion chain Principles is shutting its gates
                                                                                                                          • … in brands deal with Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                            • Aurora seeks rent reduction
                                                                                                                              • Mulberry reveals stronger-than-expected Holiday sales
                                                                                                                                • Primark reports LFLs increase
                                                                                                                                  • TJX posts better-than-expected Q4 profit
                                                                                                                                    • Topshop US plans outlined by Green
                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                        • Dune poised to acquire Shoe Studio
                                                                                                                                          • Stylo
                                                                                                                                            • …warns that 5,400 jobs are at risk
                                                                                                                                              • …to slip into administration
                                                                                                                                                • …chairman plans to buy back stores
                                                                                                                                                  • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • WH Smith signs deal with BAA
                                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • M&S
                                                                                                                                                          • …chairman reiterates Chinese expansion despite errors
                                                                                                                                                            • …puts pressure on suppliers
                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                • House of Fraser mulls Beatties disposal
                                                                                                                                                                  • John Lewis pledges to create 1,000 jobs in 2009
                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • Travis Perkins sees FY profits plunge
                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • Carphone Warehouse to slash 400 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                            • Best Buy delays UK launch until 2010
                                                                                                                                                                              • DSGi announces new store plan
                                                                                                                                                                                • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Zavvi
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to become Head following purchase
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to live on online
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Habitat reveals £13m FY loss
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Smallbone launches strategic review, suspends shares
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dunelm reports flat half-year profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Asos launches kidswear business
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Findel reports 3% sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop Direct flourishes on rivals' demise
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Body Shop FY profits dive
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Clinton Cards in talks to renegotiate debt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Blacks Leisure receives approaches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • JJB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …confirms health club offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …looks to place lifestyle division in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports Direct posts 12% sales boost

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