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June 2018

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Keep Calm and Carry On (Sustainably)

While it is easy to point the finger of blame towards inefficient occupiers, greedy landlords or opportunistic accountants, to do so focusses on the symptoms rather than the cause.


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 H&M, Iceland, Superdrug, Dr Martens and The Alchemist all reporting positive news stories, and Debenhams, Bonmarche, Homebase, House of Fraser and Poundworld, where the news hasn't been so great. 

The FSP database shows plenty of good news about H&M as it enhances online shopping capabilities and officially launches discount brand Afound.

At the other end of the scale is Poundworld, having appointed administrators and started closing stores as hopes of a rescue fade.

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 June 2018 included;

  1. Savers; hitting the expansion trail
  2. Games Workshop; sales and profit growth continues
  3. Joules; plots expansion in key markets on back of revenue growth
  4. Lidl; pushes on with expansion plans
  5. WH Smith Plc; quarterly sales up boosted by travel stores
  6. McDonald's; replacing plastic straws with paper ones throughout UK and Ireland portfolio
  7. Quiz; sets out plans for omnichannel and international expansion on back of rising sales
  8. Holland & Barrett; appoints new chief marketing officer

Retail News Index

UK Retail News Index by FSP

The June RNI index for All Retailers, at 95, has decreased by 2.

  • Leisure, at 103, has decreased by 10.
  • Clothing & Footwear, at 86, has decreased by 5.
  • Household, at 92, has decreased by 3.
  • Personal, at 99, has increased by 5.
  • Grocery, at 102, has increased by 1.
  • Food & Beverage, at 101, has increased by 4.

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 were 3 administrations recorded in June: Henri Lloyd (rescued in a pre-pack deal), Hummus Bros and Poundworld.  

There were 9 new additions to the FSP Retailer Database in June, with 1 new retailer launching in the UK market: Dutch-based 'haute fast food' brand The Butcher.