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April 2018

FSP View

Vegan Retail - Fad or Trend?

Recent news that Superdrug has opened a Vegan pop-up at Box Park in Shoreditch opened up an interesting discussion in the FSP office on the place of Veganism in the retail industry as a whole.


Retail Burn by FSP

This month, we've got a mix of names featuring for a number of different reasons.

The most talked about retailers, according to the Retail Burn, include Selfridges, Costa, Lidl, Pret a Manger and ASOS all reporting positive news stories, and Mothercare, House of Fraser, Bags Etc., Bunnings/Homebase and Bench, where the news hasn't been so great. 

The FSP database shows plenty of good news about Selfridges, having launched its second Shoe Galleries concept at Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre and its first cinematic ad campaign.

At the other end of the scale is Bench, having fallen into administration citing the tough UK retail market and a major logistics issue in 2016.

HOT 100

FSP analyses retailer accounts to understand their financial health and sustainability. Those with good scores in these areas feature in our Hot 100.

HOT 100 retailers by FSP

The Hot 100 in April 2018 included;

  1. JD; having posted record full year results following continued expansion
  2. Smyths Toys; looking to expand in Europe having acquired Toys R Us in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  3. Iceland; launching first online store in China and eyes Norway expansion
  4. Ikea; announces a dramatic transformation plan to keep up with changing shopping habits
  5. Pret a Manger; owner Bridgepoint considers sale or flotation
  6. Card Factory; launches a trial of new pop-up and clearance shops
  7. Subway; plotting expansion throughout Kent and Surrey
  8. Pets at Home; new CEO Peter Pritchard starts in role

Retail News Index

UK Retail News Index by FSP

The April RNI index for All Retailers, at 98, has remained unchanged.

  • Leisure, at 106, has increased by 8.
  • Clothing & Footwear, at 91, has decreased by 1.
  • Household, at 94, has decreased by 6.
  • Personal, at 93, has decreased by 9.
  • Grocery, at 99, has decreased by 4.
  • Food & Beverage, at 100, has increased by 5.

For the full report, click here.

FSP 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

Retailers in administration and new retailers

There was 1 administration recorded in April: Bench. There were numerous retailers considering CVAs during the month including Mothercare and House of Fraser. 

There were 6 new additions to the FSP Retailer Database in April, with 3 new retailers launching in the UK market: Lebanese-style fast casual restaurant chain Paramount Lebanese Kitchen; French childrenswear brand IDKIDS; and the online relaunch of American Apparel.