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September 2017

FSP View

A roaring success for the new Debenhams store, but how will it impact existing sales? 

FSP Analyst Tish Hewitt visits Debenhams’ new store at Roaring Meg Retail Park in Stevenage, examining the major changes in store and discusses the impact on both Roaring Meg and nearby existing stores.


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, JD Sports, Card Factory, Boden and Loaf, all reporting positive news stories, and Greenwoods Menswear, Just For Pets and Basler where the news hasn't been so great. Toys R Us is on the fence this month, having started bankruptcy proceedings in the US and Canada, but continuing to expand in the UK.

The FSP database shows plenty of good news about Lidl, is opening a flagship store in King's Lynn.

At the other end of the scale is Basler, which put its UK business into administration following the liquidation of its German operations.

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 September 2017 included;

  1. Budgens; expanding its UK partnership with Shell
  2. Radley; targets the US market with the opening of some 100 concessions within department store Macy's
  3. Ikea; acquired 'odd jobs' firm Task Rabbit and opened its 20th UK outlet
  4. Costa; opened its first zero-energy Eco Pod drive-thru unit at Parc Tawe
  5. Zara; launching a dedicated online retail platform in India
  6. Lidl - still the UK's fast-growing grocer
  7. Games Workshop continues its strong full-year performance in Q1
  8. JoJo Maman Bebe opening in Whiteley

Retail News Index

UK Retail News Index by FSP

The September RNI index for All Retailers, at 101, has increased by 2.

  • Leisure, at 105, has increased by 1.
  • Clothing & Footwear, at 92, has increased by 3.
  • Household, at 106, has increased by 2.
  • Personal, at 97, has increased by 2.
  • Grocery, at 100, has increased by 1.
  • Food & Beverage, at 103, has increased by 2.

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 September: Greenwoods Menswear, Basler and Just For Pets.

There were 5 new additions to the FSP Retailer Database in July, with 2 new retailers launching in the UK market: Australian doughnut brand Doughnut Time, and Irish homewares retailer Homestore & More.