Retail Week looks ahead to the next seven days, with festive updates from 18 major retailers on the agenda.
The fashion retailer will report its Christmas trading on Tuesday, January 9. Joules, renowned for its colourful preppy aesthetic, is expected to be one of the winners this festive quarter.
The Bradford-based grocer provides its Christmas trading update on Tuesday. Morrisons is up against a tough comparable – like-for-like sales for the nine weeks to January 1, 2017, rose 2.9% – but the City is anticipating further growth as the supermarket chain steps up its turnaround.
The booze specialist updates the market with its festive sales performance on Tuesday. Majestic recorded its “biggest ever” Christmas a year ago, when like-for-likes spiked 7.5%.
The latest grocery market share data will be published on Tuesday. The figures, covering the month of December, should provide an early indication as to the sector’s winners and losers over Christmas.
BRC-KPMG retail sales
As the outcome of the festive season continues to unfurl, December’s BRC-KPMG sales figures on Tuesday will give a valuable overview into how different sectors fared this Christmas. Bricks-and-mortar retailers will be interested to see if the move to online in the golden quarter bore out in the last month of the year.
The tile specialist will report its quarter-one results on Tuesday. At its full-year results, when pre-tax profits plunged 15%, boss Matt Williams said trading had picked up during the first eight weeks of the current financial year, with like-for-likes up 3.2%. If this momentum continued throughout the quarter, it will be welcome news for big-ticket retailers battling consumer uncertainty and the stagnation of the housing market.
The fashion retailer will report its interim results on Wednesday, January 10. Under chief executive Euan Sutherland, Superdry seems to have gained sustainable momentum and should be one of the better performing fashion players announcing results during the week.
The supermarket giant posts its third-quarter results, including the crucial Christmas period, on Wednesday. The market expects an improvement on the corresponding period last year, when Sainsbury’s like-for-likes were flat.
The footwear specialist unveils its prelims on Wednesday. Shoe Zone said in October that full-year sales would slip to around £158m following the closure of loss-making stores.
The Glasgow-based retailer will report its festive trading on Wednesday. Quiz made headlines when it floated in the summer and so this first ever festive update will be illuminating for investors and the market alike.
The premium fashion retailer will report its Christmas update on Wednesday. If past quarters are anything to go by, Ted Baker will be leading the fashion pack.
Britain’s biggest retailer leads the long line-up of retailers reporting on Super Thursday when it posts third-quarter and Christmas trading figures. The City is forecasting a festive like-for-like increase of around 2.5%.
The retailer and wholesaler updates the market with third-quarter results on Thursday. Booker is in the process of being acquired by Tesco, after the £3.7bn deal was given the green light by the CMA.
The formal menswear business updates on trading on Thursday. This time last year, Moss Bros hailed a 7.6% increase in total sales during the 23 weeks to January 7.
The retailer will report its Christmas trading update on Thursday. M&S will be hoping to report a good Christmas following a high-profile campaign and the recruitment of its new chairman, retail supremo Archie Norman.
The department store will report its trading update on Thursday. John Lewis’ weekly sales figures for the week to Christmas were down 0.4%, but fashion was a surprise bright spot, with womenswear achieving its best week ever.
The etailer will report on Thursday. Boohoo and its subsidiaries Pretty Little Thing and Nasty Gal have achieved stratospheric growth in recent years, and this Christmas should be no different.
The nursery specialist will report its trading update on Thursday. Mothercare’s recovery strategy hit a rough point last year, so the market will be keen to see whether this Christmas has been kind to its top line.
The health of the electricals market was thrown into question after the etailer issued a mixed set of interim results. AO’s third and golden quarter – which it updates the City with on Thursday – however, includes Black Friday, which the company goes big on. The City will be eager to see if consumer interest in the Sale event has waned – even in the electricals sector.
The value-led retailer will be wanting to live up to the expectations of the myriad retail analysts that tipped them as the retailer to invest in in 2018 with their third-quarter results on Friday. If B&M’s last few sets of results are anything to go by, the general merchandise titan will deliver more rapid sales growth and aggressive store expansion.
- AO (Appliances Online)
- B&M Bargains
- Christmas trading
- City & finance
- Department stores
- Financial results
- General merchandise
- Home & DIY
- John Lewis & Partners
- Majestic Wine
- Marks & Spencer
- Moss Bros
- Shoe Zone
- Ted Baker
- Topps Tiles