It was announced last month that new ‘garden’ towns and villages are going to be built across England in an attempt to alleviate the housing crisis. The scale of these varies with 14 new villages between 1,500 and 10,000 homes and a further three towns of more than 10,000 houses each to be built alongside existing towns. This doesn’t include Bicester which was announced to be Britain’s first garden town in 2016, let alone the new garden city being constructed at Ebbfleet.
As former retailers, FSP uses the same location assessment techniques used by commercial occupiers. FSP has provided strategic advice on a number of residential lead developments, focussing on the retail and leisure space..
This month, as usual, the big national chains attract the most press. The most talked about retailers, according to the Retail Burn, include: Aldi, Joules, Poundland, Holland & Barrett, Mountain Warehouse, The Restaurant Group, Game, Moda In Pelle, Agent Provocateur and Ness Clothing.
The retailer with the highest number of positive news articles in January was Aldi, who is plotting significant expansion on the back of strong sales growth.
At the other end of the scale is Ness Clothing who fell into administration just before Christmas.
Card Factory features in FSP's Hot 100 as it has made a profit in every one of the years since we started analysing its retailer accounts in 2003.;
The Hot 100 in January 2017 included;
- Relocating in Warrington, KFC
- Being acquired by Tesco, Booker
- Unveiling plans for new London store, Ikea
- Posting strong quarterly growth, Halfords
- Recording soaring sales, The Fragrance Shop
- Enjoying a festive sales boost, Card Factory
- Posting continuing sales growth, Iceland
- Opening in West Bridgford, JoJo Maman Bebe
These sustainable businesses have substantial sales, a healthy profit and have maintained good financial health.
Retail News Index
The January RNI index for All Retailers, at 102, has decreased by 2.
- Leisure, at 100, has decreased by 5.
- Clothing & Footwear, at 92, has decreased by 1.
- Household, at 102, has decreased by 8.
- Personal, at 96, has decreased by 13.
- Grocery, at 105, has decreased by 5.
- Food & Beverage, at 104, has decreased by 2.
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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
There was 1 administration in January: Moda In Pelle, which was subsequently acquired via a pre-pack deal
There were 8 new additions to the FSP Retailer Database in January, with 1 new retailer, iKlinik, proposing to enter the UK market.