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Research by leading international retail network, Patonz, shows Credit Crunch fever has really hit the High Street – with 60% more stores going into SALE mode before Christmas in 2008 versus 2007

The number of UK High Street retail multiples who have already launched their Christmas sales has reached 52, compared with 33 in 2007, which is a 60% increase year on year. As of the 16th December 2008, 52 of the 248 major retailers covered by the survey are trading SALE. while on the 16th December 07, 33 of the 248 retailers were trading SALE. When stores offering discounts and combination offers are added into the equation, 45% of UK High Street retailers are now either in full SALE mode or heavily discounting.

Brendan Dorrian, Chief Executive Officer, Patonz Global Retail Network says, “Our daily survey, completed every day during December, of UK High Street retailers has shown a like for like increase in those trading SALE, every day since 1st December. Throughout November our Compshop* survey found retailers mounting concurrent promotional campaigns offering consumers money-off, with discounts of up to 50%. However, since the start of December the combination of reduced footfall and probable overstocks has resulted in a more aggressive promotional position. A number of global players have begun their sale earlier this year than last, including GAP and H&M, alongside UK retailers such as Karen Millen and Warehouse. We surveyed Dorothy Perkins on Wednesday morning and noted a '20% off' promotional campaign, but by Wednesday afternoon, a ‘50% off’ campaign was being launched.”

WHAT IS PATONZ?

Patonz is the only global retail network, with a fast growing, informal membership of4,500 plus retail executives. Patonz is dedicated to providing its members with a range of services and organic networking opportunities to maximise their business nationally and internationally. Patonz benefits retailers, franchisees and vendors in a positive, insightful, pressure free environment and since its formation by Brendan Dorian in 2002 has quickly grown into the world’s largest and most influential retail network.

*Compshop is a global retail intelligence service operated by Patonz and it provides its subscribers with weekly or monthly photographic records of retailers’ window displays and analysis of their trading positions. The service covers High Streets around the world with different frequencies depending on market. London is daily, Sao Paolo quarterly, Sydney monthly, Russia quarterly, New York weekly and Mumbai quarterly. More information on Compshop can be found at [http://www.patonz.com]

BREAKDOWN OF RESEARCH FINDINGS ON UK HIGH STREET 16th DECEMBER 2008

STORES DISCOUNTING AGAINST FULL PRICE OR MAKING COMBINATION (3 for 2) OFFERS (but not mentioning word SALE) includes:

Ann Summers, BHS, Body Shop, Boots, Borders, Café Cotton, Carphone Warehouse, Claires, Crabtree Evelyn, Currys, Debenhams, Diesel, Dorothy Perkins, East, Game, Global Luggage, H Samuel, Hackett, Henri Lloyd, High & Mighty, Hoss Intropia, Jane Norman, Jessops, Liberty, Marks and Spencer Monsoon, New Look, O2, Office, Orange, Paperchase, Pen Shop, Phones 4 U, Quicksilver & Roxy, Reiss, Ryman, Sports Direct, Superdrug, T M Lewin, T Mobile, Ted Baker, Thorntons, Tie Rack, Vodafone, Waterstones, Zara Home

STORES TRADING SALE IN DECEMBER 2008 includes:

Aldo, Ann Harvey, Argos. Armani Exchange, Austin Reed, Barker, Barratts, Ben Sherman, Bik Bok, Brooks Brothers, Bukhara, Burtons, Calvin Klein Jeans, Chemistry, Churchs, Clarks, Coast, D & A, David Clulow, DKNY, DKNY Jeans, Dune, Emporio Armani, Espirit, F Pinet, Faith, French Connection, Gap, Gerry Weber, H & M, Hawes & Curtis, Hobbs, House Of Fraser, Hugo Boss, Jaeger, Jigsaw, Karen Millen, Kathmandu, Kent & Curwen, Kurt Geiger, La Senza, Lambretta, Levi's, LK Bennet, Mamas & Papas, Mash, Mexx, Moss Bros, Nara Camicie, Nicole Farhi, Nicole Farhi Men, Nine West, Oakley, Oasis, Officers Club, Oliver Sweeney, Oxfords, Paris Miki, Principles, Pringle, Puma, Regents, Skechers, Sports World, Suits You, Tommy Hilfiger, Vision Express, Viyella, Walk, Warehouse, Whittard

STORES TRADING SALE EARLIER IN 2008 Versus 2007 includes:

Ann Harvey, Austin Reed, Barker, Barratts, Ben Sherman, Bik Bok, Burtons, Clarks, Coast, F Pinet, French Connection, Gap, Gerry Weber, H & M, Hawes & Curtis, Hobbs, Hugo Boss, Karen Millen, Kathmandu, Kurt Geiger, La Senza, Lambretta, Levi's, Mamas and Papas, Mexx, Moss Bros, Officers Club, Paris Miki, Puma, Viyella, Warehouse

For further information contact:

Mary Killingworth, Brandnation

T: 020 7940 7170
E: mary@brandnation.co.uk

Brendan Dorrian, Patonz
+44 (0) 7962 68 75 70

Patonz issues the UK SALE REPORT daily at 9.00am during December: If you would like to know who has gone into SALE, email mark.james@patonz.com

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