Retail Pulse - November 2018
This month, we've got a mix of names featuring for several different reasons.
The most talked about retailers, according to the Retail Burn, include: Sainsbury’s, Card Factory, Jack Wills and Planet Organic all reporting positive news stories, and Bonmarche, Blue Inc., Gap, Fishing Republic, Shuropody and Berketex Brides where the news hasn't been so great.
The Retailer Database shows plenty of good news about Sainsbury’s. Sainsbury’s is due to introduce wellness hubs in seven of its stores in a move to take on high street health food stores like Holland & Barrett, as well as opening an “experimental” new format in Selly Oak to pilot a host of new features including a food market and Oasis and The Fragrance Shop concessions.
At the other end of the scale is Berketex Bride having announced that it had ceased trading and gone into administration. It had been in existence for more than 50 years selling wedding dresses, bridesmaids' dresses and other accessories.
Pragma analyses retailer accounts to understand their financial health and sustainability. Those with good scores in these areas feature in our Hot 100.
The Hot 100 in November 2018 included;
Accessorize; bolstering sales through the use of social content
Peacocks; reducing its environmental footprint through the use of biodegradable shopping bags
WH Smith Travel; continuing its global expansion in Spain, Hong Kong and Brazil
Superdry; reports rising half year global brand revenue
Turtle Bay; continuing to grow sales on the back of seven UK openings
Wimpy; becomes the latest casual dining chain to launch products into UK retail
Superdrug; opening a new store in Biggleswade featuring a beauty studio and nail bar
JD Sports; continuing its expansion with the opening of four new stores in Spain
Retail News Index
The November RNI index for All Retailers, at 101, has increased by 4.
Leisure, at 114, has increased by 21.
Clothing & Footwear, at 92, has decreased by 1.
Household, at 100, has increased by 5.
Personal, at 94, has increased by 7.
Grocery, at 105, has increased by 2.
Food & Beverage, at 102, has increased by 10.
Pragma on average reviews over 350 unique items of retailer news. Each article is scored according to sentiment. RNI is the sum of these scores indexed against 2005 and averaged over a three month period. The RNI time series for all retailers starts from May 2002.
Retailer Births & Deaths
There was 1 administration recorded in November: bridal store Berketex Bride announced that it has ceased trading and gone into administration with the closure of its 11 UK stores and 1 in Dublin.
There were 3 new additions to the Pragma Retailer Database in November: street food collective KERB, Middletons Steakhouse and Grill, and health food chain Planet Organic.
Peloton – a US fitness business – has made its UK debut with the signing of five London leases.