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Retail Update - August 2018

Posted At: 17 August 2018 00:44 AM
Related Categories: General, Retail, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the last month read more...


Retail Update - March 2018

Posted At: 23 March 2018 16:00 PM
Related Categories: General, Retail, Retail Statistics

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the last month read more...


Retail Spotlight - The turbulence continues for fashion retailers

Posted At: 21 February 2018 16:43 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

This month's Spotlight takes a look at the struggling UK fashion market read more...


Retail Update - January 2018

Posted At: 22 January 2018 10:22 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the last month read more...


Retail Spotlight… crikey its Christmas!

Posted At: 14 December 2017 11:57 AM
Related Categories: Christmas, Retail

This month's Spotlight takes a look at the peak festive shopping season read more...


Retail Spotlight - It’s beginning to look a lot like an Amazon Christmas

Posted At: 20 November 2017 16:18 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

In this month's Spotlight, we are looking at Amazon and it's Christmas strategy. read more...


Retail Update - September 2017

Posted At: 20 September 2017 15:26 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the past month read more...


Retail Update - August 2017

Posted At: 18 August 2017 00:33 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the past month. read more...


Retail Update - July 2017

Posted At: 25 July 2017 14:42 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics

The latest retail update for the last month on the UK high street. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Amazon continues on its disruptive path

Posted At: 12 July 2017 13:00 PM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retail, Retailers

In this month’s Spotlight, we’re looking at how Amazon remains on track to leave no corner of the retail space untouched by its disruptive strategy. read more...


Retail Update - June 2017

Posted At: 16 June 2017 11:39 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

May was a month of change on the high street. German womenswear brand Basler fell into administration; Joy was bought out of administration by its owners in a pre-pack deal; and Edinburgh Woollen Mill acquired the Jaeger name. Additionally, Edinburgh Woollen Mill embarked on a new department store concept, Days, which launched in a former BHS store in Carmarthen. read more...


Retail Update - April 2017

Posted At: 26 April 2017 10:20 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

The latest retail update from FSP for the last month read more...


Retail Update - March 2017

Posted At: 24 March 2017 15:51 PM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retail

As ever, speculation surrounding Brexit and business rates dominated the headlines. February saw restaurant group Viva Brazil fall into administration after unsuccessful expansions put the business under unsustainable financial pressure... read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Troubling Times for Womenswear

Posted At: 16 March 2017 14:17 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers, Womenswear Retailer

Toughening trading conditions and increasing competition on the high street lead to troubling times for womenswear retailers read more...


Retail Update - February 2017

Posted At: 22 February 2017 14:42 PM
Related Categories: General, Retail

January certainly proved to be a mixed month to mark the start of 2017, with a mixed bag of Christmas sales being reported across the board, and both retail sales and footfall dipping, even online sales faltered this month. read more...


FSP View: Will F&B Remain the Great Retail Saviour?

Posted At: 22 February 2017 14:20 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers, Town & Shopping Centre Management

Here at FSP, whilst on balance being highly positive about the future for F&B in retail environments, we are cautious about some of the signals that it’s impossible to ignore. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Aldi steps ahead as UK’s fifth largest supermarket

Posted At: 14 February 2017 16:15 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Aldi, the German-owned supermarket, has overtaken the Co-op to become the UK’s fifth largest supermarket. New figures from Kantar Worldwide show that a 12.4% year-on-year sales rise has taken Aldi’s market share to 6.2%, ahead of the Co-op's 6%. read more...


Retailer Spotlight: Corks pop as Majestic enjoys Christmas sales boost

Posted At: 23 January 2017 17:10 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

A combination of the “year of gin” and soaring sparkling wine sales have helped Majestic Wine celebrate its best Christmas to date. For a business that draws nearly a third of annual sales in the Christmas period, a strong festive season is critical. The boost is welcome news for the retailer, which issued a profit warning in September following a failed US marketing campaign and poor business customer performance. read more...


Retail Update - December 2016

Posted At: 16 December 2016 12:40 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

As we rapidly head towards the end of 2016, it has been pleasing to see that no administrations have been recorded on SnapShop since our last update. read more...


Retail Update - November 2016

Posted At: 18 November 2016 00:29 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Since our last update, SnapShop has recorded three administrations. read more...


The Entertainer - let me Entertainer you

Posted At: 08 November 2016 00:48 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

On track to expand both its national and international footprint, this month’s Spotlight looks at The Entertainer. With soaring online sales underpinning UK and international expansion, the toy specialist recently posted its seventh consecutive year of growth. read more...


Retail Update - October 2016

Posted At: 20 October 2016 16:45 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailer At Risk, Retailers

Since our last update, bakery and catering company Peyton and Byrne has gone into administration following the loss of contracts at London’s Kew Gardens and the British Library. The bakery business has been sold as a separate entity to Peyton and Byrne Bakeries Limited, a new business owned by the Peyton family, and its five existing public catering contracts have been sold as part of a pre-packaged sale to foodservice company Sodexo. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - The Works

Posted At: 15 September 2016 16:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

With the news that The Works has delivered the most profitable year in its history, FSP takes a look back at the strategies that have driven its growth over the years. read more...


Retail Update - August 2016

Posted At: 18 August 2016 13:51 PM
Related Categories: Retail

So despite the widespread panic that ensued directly after Britain voted to leave the EU, it has not been all doom and gloom in the retail world. Shopping centres are still being bought and sold, retailers are still expanding their store presence, and consumers are still spending money, in a sure sign that the world hasn’t just stopped but is continuing as it has always done. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Mothercare

Posted At: 25 July 2016 00:26 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Nursery retailer Mothercare is making steady progress on its turnaround plans, having reported its first statutory profit in five years in its latest financial year to March 2016. read more...


eSports and Competitive Gaming – Gotta Catch Em All!

Posted At: 22 July 2016 14:56 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Social Commentary

Following the news that Game has opened its first eSports and competitive gaming zone at its Manchester Trafford store and the eagerly awaited launch of Pokemon Go, FSP takes a look at the impact gaming is having on our lives and the wider retail industry. read more...


Retail Update - June 2016

Posted At: 16 June 2016 15:27 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail

Since our last update, Austin Reed has failed to attract a buyer and its entire physical portfolio will cease trading by the end of June 2016. BHS is heading down the same route in what has been a sad month for the high street. read more...


Retailer Spotlight – New Look

Posted At: 08 June 2016 00:58 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Having started life a teen fashion retailer in 1969, New Look has come a long way since its humble beginnings; from upping its game to offer clothing to a more mature woman, branching out into menswear and standalone men’s stores, and expanding internationally. All things of which have led to New Look to report a significant year in its latest accounting period. read more...


Retail Update - May 2016

Posted At: 19 May 2016 17:13 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailer At Risk, Retailers

Since our last update, when BHS and Austin Reed Group had negotiated CVAs, both have now succumbed to administration. Although both have attracted a lot of interest, no announcement has yet been made regarding the future of these iconic brands. read more...


Retail Update - April 2016

Posted At: 21 April 2016 16:00 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

With the CVAs of Beales and BHS approved last month, April saw Scottish independent Xile Clothing fall into administration and subsequently rescued by JD Sports-owned Tessuti. read more...


Retailer Spotlight – Abercrombie & Fitch

Posted At: 25 February 2016 13:42 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Following the news that Abercrombie & Fitch has been ranked as America’s most hated retailer according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), FSP takes a look back at what they may have done to deserve this title. read more...


Retail Update - February 2016

Posted At: 24 February 2016 00:42 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retail Property, Retail Statistics

No administrations have been recorded on SnapShop since our last update. Brantano, which was placed into administration in early January, was acquired by its former owner Alteri Investors in mid-February. Some 58 stores and concessions were not included in the Alteri acquisition. read more...


Burgers – the eating out trend of 2015

Posted At: 03 February 2016 16:22 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

The news towards the latter end of 2015 seemed to be dominated by ‘upmarket’ burger brands either expanding their operations or making their debut in the UK market. It is therefore no surprise that analysis of 2015 booking data by Bookatable found that burger restaurants had seen the biggest increase in bookings over the last year. read more...


Retail Update - January 2016

Posted At: 26 January 2016 10:40 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Since our last update Christmas has come and gone and we have the first retail casualty of 2016 – Brantano. Having been loss-making for a number of years, Brantano’s demise was not unexpected. Macintosh Retail Group sold Brantano and sister company Jones Bootmaker to Alteri in November 2015 who subsequently appointed advisers to look at options for the chain. read more...


Retail Spotlight – The changing face of leisure

Posted At: 19 January 2016 17:19 PM
Related Categories: Retail

As consumers shopping habits shift more and more online, consumers leisure habits also seem to be shifting, evidenced by the rise of concepts such as indoor climbing centre Clip n Climb and trampoline park operator Oxygen springing up around the UK. read more...


Retail Update - December 2015

Posted At: 17 December 2015 16:24 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

December has again been quiet on the administration front with nothing recorded on SnapShop. Rumours have been flying around concerning the future of BHS, but with their recent high profile appointments we will be keeping a close eye on them as Retail Acquisitions continues to turn the chain around. read more...


Retail Update - November 2015

Posted At: 20 November 2015 16:30 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

October has been a fairly quiet month in terms of administrations, with the exception of Garage Shoes which underwent a pre-pack administration saving jobs and stores. read more...


Retail Spotlight - Reiss sees profits treble

Posted At: 16 November 2015 00:00 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

In an economy where we are seeing retailers constantly struggling and consumer confidence rising one month and falling the next, you might not expect to see any retail brands doing well. However, Reiss seems to be bucking the trend. read more...


Retail Update - October 2015

Posted At: 22 October 2015 15:32 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail

Although there have been no recorded administrations on SnapShop again this month, all is not necessarily well on the high street. Quiksilver and American Apparel, who both filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, have secured new financing packages enabling them to exit bankruptcy and restructure their operations; and, Sports Direct and Direct Golf are currently locked in a legal battle of ownership for the golf brand. read more...


Cost of Cash Set to Rise

Posted At: 20 October 2015 12:55 PM
Related Categories: E-tailing, Retail

We have all seen it over the past few years, less cash purchases, more card transaction and with the latest increase in contactless payment limits, it is now even easier to use cards in all retail outlets. But the question is, what does this mean for the consumer over the coming years? read more...


Retail Spotlight - Growth is anything but casual - Casual Dining Group

Posted At: 14 October 2015 16:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

The UK food and beverage sector has seen a frenetic pace of merger and acquisition activity in the past months, with private equity in particular showing a strong appetite for the restaurant sector. The Casual Dining Group (CDG), formerly known as Tragus Group, has been a key mover within this trend. Its purchase of the Spanish tapas chain La Tasca for £25m in September followed the acquisition of Las Iguanas, the 41-strong nationwide Latin-American restaurant-bar earlier this year. read more...


BHS – Changing its strategy for better or worse?

Posted At: 25 September 2015 15:20 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

BHS has featured in the news a lot recently, with articles concerning the funding it has secured for its turnaround and the details of that turnaround which seem to be pitting it against the likes of M&S, albeit on a cheaper scale. All the news seems to be good, but, does BHS know where it’s going? read more...


Retail Update - September 2015

Posted At: 17 September 2015 11:34 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics

Quiksilver reports filing for bankruptcy in the US, but operations outside the US are unaffected. In the UK consumer confidence, luxury shopping and plus-size fashion are all showing an increase... read more...


Now your shopping comes to you by air.

Posted At: 21 August 2015 15:38 PM
Related Categories: Retail

With retailers continually looking at how to improve their service to customers and at the same time reduce their costs, it was no surprise that robotics would soon be involved and most noticeably, the use of drones. read more...


Retail Update - August 2015

Posted At: 21 August 2015 00:31 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail

There have been no recorded administrations on SnapShop since our last update. Many retailers are in fact embarking on expansion plans, both in the UK and abroad, to take advantage of an upturn in the economy, improving consumer sentiment and town and shopping centre redevelopments. read more...


Retail Update - July 2015

Posted At: 23 July 2015 16:49 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

There have been no administrations recorded on SnapShop since our last update. In fact, much of the news reported recently has been very positive and concerns retailers across the spectrum announcing ambitious expansion programmes throughout the UK and abroad, and retailers making their debut in the country, such as Australian stationer Kikki.K looking to take on the likes of Paperchase. read more...


Sunday Trading hours- let the locals decide

Posted At: 13 July 2015 00:55 AM
Related Categories: Retail

On the 8th July Chancellor George Osborne announced the relaxation of Sunday trading hours. He proclaimed a new legislation that will enable local councils and their mayors to decide and set the trading hours in their respective areas, which will end the national ban on large stores staying open for more than six hours. read more...


Click and Collect evolves again

Posted At: 10 July 2015 10:47 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

The constant need to match customers buying habits and needs together with technological advances has led most retailers to look at how customers order and in recent years to offer click and collect as an option. Together with the more traditional channels such as online and in store. Most retailers have embraced this omnichannel approach, others have been slower on the uptake. read more...


Retailer Spotlight: John Lewis Partnership

Posted At: 07 July 2015 10:34 AM
Related Categories: Retail

It was announced last month that the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has now taken the top spot of the UK’s best performing mutual, previously held by the Co-op Group. Employee-owned John Lewis is now the biggest member-run organisation, after The Co-operative Group fell down the rankings. read more...


Retail Update - June 2015

Posted At: 18 June 2015 16:19 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail

There has been one administration since our last update – Sphere and Turret. After struggling with financial difficulties it was announced in May that all 16 stores across central Scotland had closed. No further news on this has been reported. read more...


Retail Update - May 2015

Posted At: 22 May 2015 13:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Since our last update, Blott appointed administrators, shut stores and was acquired by Tinc, another quirky stationery retailer who will re-open some stores and trade them under licence for six months from the administrator. read more...


The growth of Costa – it keeps going

Posted At: 12 May 2015 16:48 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Having recently announced another growth in sales by 6% with underlying profits increasing by over 20%, Costa has now been named the UK’s favourite coffee shop for the fifth year in succession. In London, the most competitive area of this market, 39% of participants said Costa was their favourite, 16% more than its nearest rival, Starbucks. read more...


Retail Update - April 2015

Posted At: 24 April 2015 11:00 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Continuing the trend seen last month there have been no reported administrations on the FSP Retailer Database, signalling improved sentiment in UK shoppers. This is evidenced by GfK’s Consumer Confidence Index being at its highest level for almost 13 years at +4, having recorded a rise of eight points in just three months. read more...


Retail Update - March 2015

Posted At: 27 March 2015 00:38 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

There have been no reported administrations since our last update, and a number of new retailers proposing to enter the UK market; showing increased confidence in the UK market. This is evidenced by retail sales increasing by more than expected in February as prices dropped to their lowest level for almost 20 years. read more...


Retail Update - February 2015

Posted At: 25 February 2015 11:26 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s retailer database has recorded one administration since our January update, bakery retailer Cooplands of Doncaster. Cooplands underwent a pre-pack administration process which saw the closure of 39 stores and the loss of 300 jobs. ReSolve acquired the remaining 42 shops. read more...


Retail Update - January 2015

Posted At: 28 January 2015 10:00 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Since our last update, and indeed since the start of 2015, there have been two administrations recorded on SnapShop – Bank (06/01) and USC (16/01) – with Austin Reed announcing a Company Voluntary Arrangement and store closures (26/01). read more...


Black Friday & Cyber Monday: What lessons can be learnt?

Posted At: 03 December 2014 16:30 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Marketing

With the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the US retail trends seem truly embedded in the UK shopping calendar. The retail events have had positive results for some retailers. John Lewis, for example, saw a 21.8% rise in sales over the last week. Overall, it’s estimated that British shoppers spent nearly £810 million on Black Friday alone, with The Telegraph reporting that 404,835 orders were placed by 6pm Friday evening. read more...


Retail Update - November 2014

Posted At: 21 November 2014 00:59 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail

No administrations have been recorded on SnapShop since our last update, although it has emerged that the demise of the former mobile phone retailer Phones 4U will cost the UK taxpayer £78 million. read more...


Retail Update - October 2014

Posted At: 27 October 2014 00:50 AM
Related Categories: Retail

No administrations have been recorded on SnapShop since our last update. However, subsequent to the demise of Phones 4U in September, EE is understood to have now snapped up its mobile business for under £5m in addition to acquiring a number of shops. read more...


Retail Update - September 2014

Posted At: 18 September 2014 15:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Town & Shopping Centre Management

One high-profile administration has been recorded on SnapShop since our last update – Phones 4U. The ongoing debate surrounding the future of Great Britain’s high streets has taken a new turn and shopping centre investment is on track to surpass the record levels seen in 2013 read more...


Retail Update - August 2014

Posted At: 21 August 2014 12:34 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

Since our last update, no administrations were reported, however, there have been some interesting points raised over the past month in the retail property industry and tourism is playing a big part in retail expenditure read more...


Retail Update - July 2014

Posted At: 24 July 2014 16:41 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Since our last update, another two retailers have succumbed to administration, and not for the first time. Jane Norman fell into administration for the second time in three years at the end of June. Owner Edinburgh Woollen Mill said Jane Norman would continue to operate through its website and internal concessions read more...


Retail Spotlight: Summer Success for the UK’s F&B Scene…

Posted At: 23 July 2014 15:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

FSP Analyst Mel Watson recently attended an IPF/BCSC seminar, where there was lots of discussion on the UK’s food and beverage scene. The sector experienced significant growth in 2011 in terms of lettings and commercial space, although interestingly this trend reversed, dropping again in 2012. read more...


Will retailers be the winners of this World Cup?

Posted At: 20 June 2014 10:31 AM
Related Categories: General, Retail

The World Cup is now well underway in Brazil, with the big brand names in sport and beer particularly, making a lot of noise in order to capitalise on the nation’s love of football. However, retailers have been noticeably quieter… should they be doing more to capitalise on the event? read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary - June 2014

Posted At: 19 June 2014 11:48 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail

SnapShop recorded one administration in June – Lakeland Leather. Following sales being affected by low demand over the mild winter, Lakeland appointed McTear, Williams and Wood as administrator... read more...


Looking forward to the long weekend? Maybe not if you’re a high street retailer…

Posted At: 22 May 2014 12:47 PM
Related Categories: Retail

It’s not been too long since our last bank holiday and data from Springboard has shown that footfall in retail parks increased by 3.6% over the May Day weekend; is this a sign of things to come for this next long weekend? read more...


‘Buddy’ Brands: Look to the Long-Term…

Posted At: 01 May 2014 00:32 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

The store-within-a-store concept, also known as ‘buddy deals’ or ‘store shares’, is where a retailer hosts another brand within their retail space. read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary - April 2014

Posted At: 29 April 2014 14:00 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

In April it was announced that the Healthy High Streets campaign - a new coalition of government, retailers and business leaders - aims to create 3,000 new jobs on UK high streets, boost footfall and reduce vacancy rates. read more...


Retail Spotlight: Growth Continues in the Food & Beverage Market…

Posted At: 23 April 2014 13:32 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

In line with the trend we have been following since the beginning of the year, we have recently added some new retailers to SnapShop – all in the expanding Food and Beverage category! read more...


Retail Spotlight - New food and beverage retailers

Posted At: 26 March 2014 17:16 PM
Related Categories: General, Retail

Earlier this year we reported that pub and restaurant groups had enjoyed a successful start to 2014, with total sales, including... read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary - February 2014

Posted At: 25 February 2014 13:11 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics

Another high street rescue plan has been unveiled by the government based on the “common factors of success”. It will be piloted from May across nine town centres, the locations of which will be revealed in the near future. read more...


Pubs and Restaurants are having a good start to 2014…

Posted At: 21 February 2014 13:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

An article in Peach Report last week documented that pub and restaurant groups in Britain have enjoyed a successful start to the year so far. According to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker, collective like-for-like sales were up 7.2% year-on-year in January and total sales, including the impact of new openings, were ahead 10.1%. read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary - January 2014

Posted At: 21 January 2014 11:33 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics

December statistics show that Christmas 2013 wasn’t all that it was expected to be, but at the same time wasn’t as gloomy as some had thought... read more...


Differentiating the best

Posted At: 08 January 2014 11:51 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail

With a prophetic touch, FSP’s Christmas commentary this time last year ended with “Undoubtedly as more results are published, we will see the strength of those who..." read more...


Retail Update – December 2013

Posted At: 19 December 2013 10:17 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail

With Christmas fast approaching, the FSP database powering SnapShop shows us that December has been a bit gloomy, littered with administrations and store closures. read more...


Don’t stop; just shop

Posted At: 13 December 2013 12:13 PM
Related Categories: E-tailing, Retail, Retailers

Despite the continuing technological revolution, we remain social creatures. Many of the office-bound working population could work from home electronically connected to the workplace/clients/the market, but it’s not only the employer’s need to ensure employee productivity; we all need a bit of actual face (to-face) time, a chance to chat, explore ideas and gauge reactions. read more...


Retail Update - November 2013

Posted At: 14 November 2013 16:13 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retail Property, Retail Statistics, Retailers

In spite of what seems to be a gradual recovery in the UK retail market, with shopping centre landlords planning extensions and refurbishments to their portfolios, retailers announcing ambitious growth plans both for the UK and abroad, and international retailers making their debuts in the UK... read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary – September 2013

Posted At: 19 September 2013 12:43 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

September has seen a number of positive news stories of increasing economic optimism in the UK, not least reflected by Gfk’s monthly consumer confidence barometer for August that revealed consumer confidence was at its highest level since October 2009. The rise of three points in August to stand at -13 showed the biggest improvement in confidence over a four-month period since 1982, with consumers more willing to spend on major purchases, rising five points to stand at -16. This is 15 points higher than this time last year. read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary August 2013

Posted At: 15 August 2013 14:21 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Having asked, on the SnapShop Blog in July, if the UK was turning a corner in its recovery, it seems to be that all news items are stressing the point. With consumer confidence rising; the Bank of England providing stability; house prices on the up and a slight easing in inflation, the news this month has had a rather more positive sentiment than of late... read more...


Is the UK turning a corner in its recovery?

Posted At: 26 July 2013 10:51 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

If the positive news in the press this week is anything to go by, then yes! Whether driven by the belated arrival of sunshine and warm weather or the equally anticipated royal birth, early signs of a recovery are emerging. read more...


Retail Update - July 2013

Posted At: 18 July 2013 11:15 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Research by Deloitte shows that the number of retail administrations fell by 30% in the first half of 2013, with a reported 87 collapses compared to 124 in the same period last year. Since our update last month, this list now includes: read more...


Retail Spotlight – Dwell ceases trading

Posted At: 21 June 2013 11:10 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Following a cash-flow crisis and failed attempts to find a buyer or secure fresh working capital, Duff & Phelps were appointed as administrator to the furniture chain, Dwell. read more...


Retail Update - June 2013

Posted At: 20 June 2013 11:16 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics

Although June has seen no reported administrations, the future of a number of high-street brands is hanging in the balance. read more...


Retail Update - May 2013

Posted At: 23 May 2013 16:31 PM
Related Categories: Retail

Today, 23rd May, marks the opening of British Land and USS’s remodelled Whiteley Shopping Park in Fareham, Hampshire. The opening is the second of only two retail centres to open this year, the first of which was Land Securities’ Trinity Leeds which opened in March. read more...


Retail Update - April 2013

Posted At: 18 April 2013 10:58 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

April has been quite quiet in terms of administrations, with only one reported that was expected. After filing its notice of intention to appoint administrators last month... read more...


Retail Update - February 2013

Posted At: 19 February 2013 10:59 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Property, Retailers

January saw the sharpest fall in high street shopper numbers for two years – high street numbers were down 3.3%; out-of-town declined 7.2%; and shopping centres saw a drop of 5.2% read more...


Retail Spotlight – Republic collapses into administration

Posted At: 13 February 2013 15:37 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Following the collapse of fashion chain Republic; we bring to you an overview of the retailer’s trading over the years and highlights of the collapse read more...


Retail Update - January 2013

Posted At: 18 January 2013 00:00 AM
Related Categories: General, Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

Statistics for December look promising with overall shop price inflation remaining at 1.5% for the third consecutive month according to the BRC Nielsen Shop Price Index. read more...


Unintended consequences of playing fast and loose with corporation tax

Posted At: 03 December 2012 17:24 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Suddenly the gods of international enterprise are finding themselves reaching pariah status. read more...


Retail Spotlight – JJB collapses into administration

Posted At: 01 October 2012 17:32 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail

Administrators KPMG have been called in after JJB collapsed into administration, leading to the closure of 133 shops and 2,200 job losses read more...


And Finally - Shop til you drop

Posted At: 21 June 2012 14:13 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail

Travelodge has joined forces with Topshop in the first collaboration of its type. The duo has opened a combined development on Princes Street in Edinburgh. read more...


And finally - how to win friends, influence people and steal the market share

Posted At: 25 January 2012 16:48 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail, Retailers

McDonalds will be including the Mudpuddle Farm series of books from acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo, in with their Happy Meal. read more...


Retail Spotlight – Pumpkin Patch UK subsidiary goes into administration

Posted At: 19 January 2012 15:23 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Following the announcement of collapse of children’s store Pumpkin Patch in the UK; we bring to you an overview of the retailer’s financial performance over the years and highlights of the latest news read more...


All White

Posted At: 17 January 2012 15:50 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Peacocks, on the verge of administration, would be the biggest failure since the Woolworths collapse of 2008, which preceded a Christmas of Horrors for a host of retailers. This year is showing similar tendencies, but with all around them failing, or at least flailing, White Stuff has a reason to smile. read more...


Retail Spotlight - Past Times on brink of administration

Posted At: 04 January 2012 10:21 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

The board of Past Times, which is owned by Epic Private Equity, confirmed that it intends to appoint administrators in the New Year, placing approximately 1,000 jobs at risk read more...


Retail Spotlight – D2 Jeans goes into administration

Posted At: 04 January 2012 10:00 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Store chain D2 Jeans collapsed into administration again, making 200 staff redundant and putting hundreds more jobs at risk. Administrators closed 19 UK stores - including six in Scotland - and laid off shop workers at the Ayrshire-based firm. read more...


Retail Spotlight - Hawkin's Bazaar in administration

Posted At: 04 January 2012 00:34 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Hawkin's Bazaar brand collapsed into administration, putting 380 staff at risk read more...


Retail Spotlight – Barratts Priceless plunges into administration

Posted At: 09 December 2011 14:17 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

How cruel that quarter rent day is on Christmas day. When tills should be ringing, for some, there may only be the sound of doors slamming shut, including high street footwear retailer Barratts. read more...


Simply having a coaxing Christmas time

Posted At: 01 December 2011 15:23 PM
Related Categories: Christmas, Retail, Retail Property, Social Commentary

How hard shopping centres are trying to increase their footfall... read more...


And Finally - Is there no end?

Posted At: 17 November 2011 00:23 AM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail, Retailers

Just when you thought Apple had reached its innovative limit, it has been announced that a new iOS app will allow customers to collect items in its stores 12 minutes after ordering them via their mobile. read more...


And Finally - Calling all chocoholics: Thorntons unveils world’s largest chocolate

Posted At: 20 October 2011 11:00 AM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail, Retailers

After the chocolatier Thorntons unveiled the world's largest chocolate bar to mark its 100th birthday , the SnapShop team provides an invaluable service to all chocolate lovers by recording the sweet statistics of this bar. read more...


And Finally- Lego creates VW Camper

Posted At: 15 September 2011 13:44 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail

Yearning for a Volkswagen Camper Van but who can't afford the real thing? The iconic Camper Van, an icon of the sixties counter-culture and loved by hippies and surfers around the world... read more...


Retail Spotlight – Walmsley sinks into administration

Posted At: 02 September 2011 15:00 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Store Closures

Furniture chain Walmsley has become the latest casualty of the consumer spending downturn after collapsing into administration... read more...


Retail Spotlight - Floors-2-Go crashes again with 192 job losses

Posted At: 25 August 2011 14:57 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

35 out of 88 stores have been bought by Nixon & Hope – which was formed this month by former Floors-2-Go directors Parjinder Sangha and David Vizor read more...


Retail Spotlight – TJ Hughes store closures- Updated

Posted At: 12 August 2011 00:24 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Store Closures

...update on store closures and highlights of the administration... read more...


And Finally - Something for the corner of your Shopping Centre…

Posted At: 21 July 2011 11:59 AM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail, Social Commentary

AutoWed is a novelty wedding machine offering a quick hitch, a couple of rings and a personalised certificate for just £1... read more...


Pets At Home passion promotes growth

Posted At: 08 July 2011 11:54 AM
Related Categories: Retail

SnapShop clients monitoring Pets At Home will today know that this retail favourite has continued to grow read more...


Retail Spotlight - Moben, Sharps and Dolphin owner collapses into administration

Posted At: 27 June 2011 15:39 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Store Closures

HomeForm collapsed into administration, putting 1,300 jobs at risk read more...


Retail Spotlight – Jane Norman goes into administration

Posted At: 27 June 2011 15:28 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Jane Norman, Retail, Store Closures, Womenswear Retailer

Jane Norman collapses into administration putting 1,600 jobs at risk. Retailer closed its 90 UK stores over the weekend after it failed to find a buyer for the business. Zolfo Cooper have been appointed as administrators read more...


Retail Store Closures – May – June 2011

Posted At: 24 June 2011 15:46 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Property, Retailers, Store Closures

An update on retail store closures in May-June 2011 read more...


Retail Spotlight - Haldanes in Administration

Posted At: 20 June 2011 17:10 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Store Closures

Haldanes has closed all its 23 shops after the owners filed an administration order. It is expected four will reopen read more...


FSP’s retailer of the month– Co-op: low profile or key retailer?

Posted At: 20 June 2011 10:38 AM
Related Categories: Co-operative Retail, Retail, Retailers, Social Commentary

Co-operative has now upped its game considerably, with well stocked aisles, fresh food and pleasant staff... read more...


Retail Spotlight – Georgina Goodman goes into administration

Posted At: 08 June 2011 10:00 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Premium footwear retailer Georgina Goodman has collapsed into administration read more...


Retail Spotlight – Peter Werth & Pink Soda for sale

Posted At: 18 May 2011 00:53 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Peter Werth and Pink Soda have collapsed into administration in May 2011 read more...


Retail Spotlight - Focus in Administration - Updated

Posted At: 06 May 2011 10:10 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Focus collapsed into administration putting 3,919 jobs at risk. read more...


Retail Spotlight - Blue Inc

Posted At: 13 April 2011 00:29 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Blue Inc has taken on 46 The Officers Club stores after the latter fell into administration in March 2011 read more...


Retail Administrations - 2010

Posted At: 21 March 2011 17:00 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Store Closures

There were 32 retail administrations in 2010, versus 72 in the comparable period of 2009. read more...


Waterstone’s Vs. Amazon

Posted At: 11 March 2011 00:33 AM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retail, Retailers, Social Commentary

Gone are the days when, if you wanted to read a book, you either bought it with the choice of hard or soft backed, or you went to the local library. With the internet came Amazon and many other internet book retailers, with their super-cheap new and second hand books and speedy delivery (most of the time). read more...


Only in America…

Posted At: 18 January 2011 16:35 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Starbucks has announced plans to offer a new 'Trenta' coffee size option read more...


Out-of-town, in-town and e-tailing

Posted At: 23 December 2010 13:00 PM
Related Categories: E-tailing, Future of Retailing, Retail

FSP's Managing Director responds to an enquirer concerned about the future of local town centres and how they are impacted by the trends in retail sales between town centres, out-of-town and e-retail read more...


Is the deficit reduction programme good for retail?

Posted At: 20 October 2010 00:18 AM
Related Categories: Retail

Many of the great and the good in retail appear to support the deficit reduction programme. What does FSP think? read more...


2009 Review

Posted At: 04 January 2010 16:44 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Future of Retailing, General, Retail, Retailers, Social Commentary

A look back at some of the top retail stories from 2009 read more...


Biggest stories of 2008

Posted At: 06 January 2009 16:52 PM
Related Categories: General, Retail, Retail Statistics, Retail Suppliers, Retailers

Happy New Year to all our readers, and welcome to the first SnapShop Blog post of 2009! As is [to become a] tradition with these things, we’re going down the ‘a year, in retrospective’ route. So without further adieu, here’s a not-so-quick review of the hottest stories of 2008 (from a retail industry perspective, anyway). read more...


Share & Share Alike.

Posted At: 19 December 2008 16:00 PM
Related Categories: E-tailing, Future of Retailing, Retail, Retail Suppliers

New concept Catwalk Genius gives you the opportunity to buy shares in up and coming designers in exchange for a share of profits made and a discount on their collections. read more...


Retailing In Lapland!

Posted At: 07 December 2008 10:18 AM
Related Categories: Retail

Joulupukki is the Finnish version of Santa Claus. It means 'Yule Goat'. No jokes. read more...


On the Second Day Of Christmas.....we had a Christmas Sale

Posted At: 02 December 2008 12:55 PM
Related Categories: Retail

Will pre-Christmas sales make Christmas affordable? and how much of a bargain are we actually getting? read more...


Westfield London: Shopping Heaven or Hell of a Centre?

Posted At: 07 November 2008 15:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Property, Town & Shopping Centre Management

Westfield London is well worth a visit. Its big; there are some interesting new retailers and some favourites that have upped their game. read more...


Caffè Americano, Caramel Macchiato, Espresso Ristretto. But Italy this is not.

Posted At: 17 October 2008 15:19 PM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retail

Britons drink 70 million cups of coffee daily, with retail sales rising from £632m in 2002 to £680m in 2005. read more...


How far can we knock consumer confidence?

Posted At: 01 August 2008 11:13 AM
Related Categories: General, Retail

GfK NOP have reported a further drop in consumer confidence, to a level not seen since the UK was heading into the last recession. Is this a true reflection of how we feel? read more...


Our Favourite Shops

Posted At: 30 July 2008 17:20 PM
Related Categories: Retail

Inspired by Retail Weeks ‘100 shops to visit before you die’ article, a quick-fire poll off our office shows the true nature of todays shoppers, no holds barred! read more...


Driving Us Crazy

Posted At: 15 July 2008 10:22 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Property, Town & Shopping Centre Management

In the same way that more rats have been “spotted” since fortnightly bin collections were introduced, trips to out of town shopping centres are allegedly declining since petrol prices started rocketing. It’s always much more newsworthy to hang your story on something that’s already making headlines. read more...


The Evolution of UK Retailing

Posted At: 23 May 2008 14:27 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics

Have UK retail conditions got easier or more difficult in the last 12 months? The question is raised by a discrepancy in figures for the number of UK retailers going into administration. Figures from Deloitte show that the number this year has fallen 43% on the previous year. In contrast, analysis of the SnapShop database shows a substantial increase in retailer administrations. read more...


M&S – How to reward £1bn of profit

Posted At: 20 May 2008 13:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail

M&S find themselves in a fix. £1bn of profit for the first time in 10 years, but bonus targets not met. read more...


Born to shop or bored of shopping?

Posted At: 14 May 2008 10:32 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Town & Shopping Centre Management

How much longer will people travel to shopping centres when the odds are stacked against the experience? read more...


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