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February 2018

FSP View

Not all doom and gloom in the F&B market

Following the shocking start to 2018 in the F&B market, FSP consultant Jo Biddle takes a look at the newcomers and growers in the sector, and what they are doing differently to attract customers.


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 Amzon, Casual Dining Group, Debenhams and Gerry Weber all reporting positive news stories, and Jones Bootmaker, Bunnings, Jamie's Italian, Square Pie, Maplin and Toys R Us, where the news hasn't been so great. 

The FSP database shows plenty of good news about Amazon, with plans to trial its own delivery service and open more cashierless AmazonGo stores - is there nothing this retailer can't do? 

At the other end of the scale is Toys R Us who has fallen into administration following weeks of teetering on the brink of collapse.


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 February 2018 included;

  1. Jo Malone; opening at intu Lakeside following the success of its pop-up at the centre
  2. Holland & Barrett; appoints Echo Lu to lead international growth
  3. Bensons for Beds; collaborates with Sir Terence Conran
  4. Levi's; achieves good growth in annual retail sales in 2017
  5. Booker; Tesco and Booker shareholders vote in favour of merger
  6. Hotel Chocolat; enjoys half-year sales and profit boost
  7. DFS; posts solid half-year results amid challenging market
  8. Dunelm; aiming to double annual sales to £21bn in the medium term

Retail News Index

UK Retail News Index by FSP

The February RNI index for All Retailers, at 101, has increased by 5.

  • Leisure, at 106, has increased by 5.
  • Clothing & Footwear, at 91, has decreased by 4.
  • Household, at 95, has increased by 1.
  • Personal, at 101, has decreased by 12.
  • Grocery, at 105, has increased by 5.
  • Food & Beverage, at 103, 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 were 4 administrations recorded in February: Toys R Us, Square Pie, Maplin, and Jones Bootmaker, which was acquired by Pavers in a pre-pack deal. There were numerous CVAs agreed during the month including Byron, and rumours surrounding Prezzo. 

There were 4 new additions to the FSP Retailer Database in February, with 4 new retailers launching in the UK market: the first standalone store for Clarks Originals; high-tech indoor mini-golf concept Puttshack; River Island Kids as a standalone concept; and US-based sandwich chain Which Wich.