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#retailtrends #retailnews #Retail & #Brand trends for w/e 22nd January 2016 #marketingweek #eventmagazine

January 25, 2016

Company Results

  • Booths have reported a 5.9% increase in total sales for the three weeks to 02 January 2016. Like-for-like sales decreased by 1.4% for the same period. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
  • Halfords have reported a 0.4% increase in total group sales for the 15 weeks to 15 January 2016. Retail sales remained flat while like-for-like sales increased by 0.3% for the same period.

Halfords have reported a 0.4% increase in total group sales for the 15 weeks to 15 January 2016.

  • John Lewis have reported a 15.7% increase in sales for the week to 16 January 2016. Fashion, Home and Electricals & Home Technology sales increased by 16.2%, 11.9% and 19.7% respectively. Sales at johnlewis.com increased by 30.8%.
  • Maplin have reported a 2.3% increase in like-for-like sales for the five weeks to 02 January 2016. Online sales increased by 33.3% for the same period. (Source: Retail Week)
  • N Brown have reported a 4.1% increase in group sales for the 18 weeks to 02 January 2016. Like-for-like sales increased by 4.1% for the same period.
  • Nisa have reported a 6.3% increase in sales to £254.3m for the 10 weeks to 03 January 2016.
  • Paperchase have reported an 11.2% increase in sales to £30m for the five weeks to 27 December 2015. UK like-for-like sales increased by 5.9% for the same period. (Source: Retail Week)
  • Pets at Home have reported a 7.1% increase in revenue to £195.1m for the 12 weeks to 31 December 2015. Like-for-like sales increased by 2.2% for the same period.
  • SABMiller has seen its third quarter perform in line with the first half of its fiscal year, with nine-month sales coming in 5% up on the prior-year period.
SAB Miller

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  • ScS have reported an 8.8% increase in like-for-like order intake for the 25 weeks to 16 January 2016.
  • Waitrose have reported a 0.1% increase in sales (including petrol) for the week to 16 January 2016.
  • WH Smith have reported a 4.0% increase in total group sales for the 20 weeks to 16 January 2016. Group like-for-like sales increased by 2% for the same period.

Lifestyle like-for-like sales returned to negative territory for the first time for five weeks this week, with sales down by -1.1% compared to the same week last year. Small ticket gifting retailers saw their post-Christmas run of good sales finally come to an end, whilst retailers of outdoor goods had a strong week of sales, boosted by consumers making purchases for the cold weather. Sales of lifestyle goods within department stores also sold well this week, with sales boosted by the increased footfall on the high street.

Fashion was the star performer this week, with like-for-like sales rising by +2.2% compared to the same week last year. Although the lowest like-for-likes noted so far this year for fashion, the rise in sales compared to last year is still firmly in positive territory and demonstrates that retailers are able to reap the benefits of increased footfall on the high street. Mass market fashion and speciality fashion had the strongest rises this week, with footwear sales leaping by 53.2% year-on-year. Some retailers who are no longer discounting noted drops in sales compared to the same period last year.

After a fairly strong performance this time last year, retailers of homewares saw like-for-likes decline by -1.1% this week. Retailers of soft furnishings had the strongest performance out of fairly weak overall statistics this week. Given the strong rise in footfall in retail parks this week (+4.7%), some retailers had anecdotally been expecting better performances this week.

Non-store like-for-likes rose by +15.6% this week. Although a fairly lacklustre performance compared to the non-store like-for-likes for the first three weeks of the month where like-for-likes have risen by around 25% each week, the figure represents a good week for remote sales given they are off a strong base in 2015. Fashion was the key driver of the strong non-store performance this week, although outdoor retailers reported a similar strong week through remote channels, and online only retailers also had a good level of transactions.

Clothing, Footwear & Accessories

  • Apranga Group have announced plans to open new stores in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia following the acquisition of five Karen Millen stores. (Source: Reuters)
  • Blue Inc. have announced plans to close down 74 stores across the UK, as part of their restructuring process. (Source: Drapers)
  • Brantano, discount shoe retailer, have gone into administration three months after it was acquired by Alteri investors. (Source: BBC)
  • Debenhams have announced plans to open a 113,000 sq. ft. store at Intu Watford shopping centre. (Source: Company Press Release)

Debenhams have announced plans to open a 113,000 sq. ft. store at Intu Watford

  • M&S have launched dedicated online shopping websites for Australia and New Zealand, their first outside Europe. (Source: The Guardian)
  • Monsoon Accessorize have appointed Paul Allen as their new Chief Executive Officer on permanent basis. He has been working as interim CEO since March 2015. (Source: Drapers)
  • Next have announced plans to open their new store at London’’s Oxford Street by 2018. (Source: Drapers)
  • Skechers have announced plans to open a 3,578 sq. ft. store in Liverpool One by Spring 2016. (Source: Retail Bulletin

Electrical & Entertainment

  • WH Smith have opened a pilot store selling digital headphones, at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. (Source: Retail Week)

Food & Drink

  • Aldi have launched online shopping and home delivery services in the UK with an initial service offering 90 different wines by the case. (Source: Verdict)

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  • My Local have announced plans to pilot a tie up with coffee shop Costa and food chain Subway, to enhance their food offerings. (Source: Retail Week)
  • Waitrose have launched their first TV ad campaign to highlight their money-saving ‘Pick Your Own Offers Scheme’. The retailer has also announced plans to reduce sugar in its range of breakfast cereals during 2016 by shedding out more than 7.5 million calories. (Source: Company Press Release)

Latest figures from the IMRG have revealed that parcel volume growth for the online retail sector increased by 15.7% for the year 2015, ahead of the +13% forecast at the beginning of 2015. After a slow start to the year, 2015 ended strongly, as the UK’s e-logistics sector dispatched a record 1.1 billion parcels. Of this an estimated 260 million were handled through the November-December peak trading period, around 10 million more than anticipated. There was also a notable shift in trend in the month-on-month growth rate between November and December. Usually a sharp increase in the trend is witnessed in November, steepening further as we moved into December. However in 2015 the trend line flattened slightly, indicating that shoppers brought much of their Christmas spending forward in response to many retailers extending their Black Friday discount periods and moving these forward. Despite the huge volumes moving through fulfillment operations during the peak trading period, the level of ‘on-time’ delivery performance remained in excess of 92%, a record high for this time of year.

Household

  • Home Retail Group have entered into a share purchase agreement to sell Homebase to Wesfarmers’ subsidiary, Bunnings (UK&I) Holdings. (Source: Company Press Release)
  • Paperchase have announced plans to open standalone stores in the US in 2016, as a part of their North American expansion plans. (Source: Retail Week)

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