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Multi-fascia retailing

Within the highly competitive retail market, retailers are forced to review and adapt their store portfolios to best utilise available trading space – one response to this is through multi-fascia retailing. Whilst having numerous brands under one roof is by no means a new concept, it is becoming much more topical, especially through collaborations amongst major national retailers, which this blog will touch upon.

Retail Burn by FSP


This month, as usual, the big national chains attract the most press. The most talked about retailers, according to the Retail Burn, include:Tesco plc, H&M, Ikea, Burberry, Abercrombie & Fitch, Clarks, Mothercare, The Restaurant Group, Store Twenty One and Style Group Brands.

The retailer with the highest number of positive news articles in May was Tesco plc, who is gaining trading momentum having outperformed its big four rivals for the second consecutive month.

At the other end of the scale is Style Group Brands (Jacques Vert Group) who, subsequent to the end of May, underwent a prepack administration.






HOT 100 retailers by FSP

HOT 100

Mountain Warehouse 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 2004.

The Hot 100 in May 2017 included;

  1. Opening its first outlet at a motorway services station, PizzaExpress
  2. Opening at Gatwick's South terminal, Reiss
  3. Increasing its store opening target, Simply Food
  4. Accelerating online growth with the appointment of a new online director, Phase Eight
  5. Recording full year sales growth boosted by its services division, Pets at Home
  6. Marking 20 years of unbroken revenue growth as revenues soar, Mountain Warehouse
  7. Opening in Acton, Lidl
  8. Recording full year sales growth boosted by a weak pound, SuperGroup

These sustainable businesses have substantial sales, a healthy profit and have maintained good financial health.


Retail News Index

UK Retail News Index by FSP
  • The May RNI index for All Retailers, at 100, has remained steady.
  •   Leisure, at 109, has decreased by 5.
  •   Clothing & Footwear, at 90, has increased by 2.
  •   Household, at 104, has increased by 2.
  •   Personal, at 91, has decreased by 14.
  •   Grocery, at 100, has increased by 4.
  •   Food & Beverage, at 107, 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 May: JOY

There were 9 new additions to the FSP Retailer Database in May, with 3 new retailers proposing to enter the UK market: The Counter, Days Department Store, and Wingstop