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European Retail Briefing - April 2010

European Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis that includes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & A activities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally each month, European Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific European retail sector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, making this an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the European retail industry.

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  1. Analyst Comment

    • To buy or not to buy ….
      • Don’t diversify unless the core business is sound
        • Have a strategy
          • Stick to businesses you understand
            • Be prepared to admit mistakes
              • Think twice before buying
              • Headlines of the Month

                • Food retailers
                  • Clothing
                    • Multi-sector
                      • Department stores
                        • DIY
                          • Miscellaneous
                          • Retail Sales Review

                            • Key points
                              • France
                                • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2009-10
                              • Germany
                                • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2009-10
                              • Italy
                                • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2009-10
                              • Netherlands
                                • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2009-10
                              • Spain
                                • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2009
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2009-10
                              • UK
                                • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-10
                            • DIY Retailing in Europe

                                • Market in brief
                                  • Prospects
                                    • Divergent markets
                                      • Long term worries
                                        • Spending on products stocked by DIY retailers
                                          • Figure 13: Europe: Spending on DIY goods per capita, 2009
                                        • Retail sales
                                          • Figure 14: Europe: DIY retailers sales, 2009
                                          • Figure 15: Europe: DIY retailers sales per capita, 2009
                                        • Hornbach Holding
                                          • Figure 16: Hornbach: Sales as share of DIY in Europe, 2005-09
                                          • Figure 17: Hornbach: Sales as share of DIY in Germany, 2005-09
                                        • Strategic evaluation
                                          • History
                                            • Financial performance
                                                • Figure 18: Hornbach Holding: Group financial performance, 2004/05-2008/09
                                              • Interim results 2009/10
                                                • Store portfolio
                                                    • Figure 19: Hornbach Holding: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                  • Retail offering
                                                    • Market positioning
                                                      • Brands
                                                        • Product offer
                                                          • Pricing
                                                            • Operational issues
                                                              • Advertising and marketing
                                                                • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                                • News Analysis

                                                                  • Co-ops (retail)
                                                                    • UK: Co-operative Group profits boosted by acquisitions
                                                                      • Grocers
                                                                        • Belgium: Colruyt sees Belgian market potential
                                                                          • France: Carrefour
                                                                            • …names new European head
                                                                              • …ponders Minipreco sale
                                                                                • …reconsiders Belgian store closures
                                                                                  • Russian Federation: Dixy swings into profit
                                                                                    • Russian Federation: Lenta posts 9% sales rise
                                                                                      • Russian Federation: Magnit posts 87% profit rise
                                                                                        • Russian Federation: X5
                                                                                          • …sales slow in Q1
                                                                                            • …takes control of regional franchise
                                                                                              • Sweden: Bergendahls FY sales up 8.6%
                                                                                                • UK: Asda offers top executives early pay to avoid 50% tax
                                                                                                  • UK: Bond stands down as Asda chief executive
                                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                      • …sales up 4.4% in Q4
                                                                                                        • …launches Nectar credit cards
                                                                                                          • UK: Tesco launches Couture clothing range
                                                                                                            • UK: Waitrose circles EAT
                                                                                                              • Off-licences
                                                                                                                • UK: Oddbins reports strong sales
                                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                    • Europe: Tommy Hilfiger sold for $3 billion
                                                                                                                      • Spain: Inditex profits up 5%
                                                                                                                        • Spain: Mango sales rise 5.7%
                                                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M enjoys strong start to 2010
                                                                                                                            • UK: Alexon raises £20.3 million through capital raising
                                                                                                                              • UK: Ann Summers to expand its brand
                                                                                                                                • UK: Ben Sherman posts FY loss
                                                                                                                                  • UK: French Connection losses widen
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Matalan completes refinancing
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Monsoon sees profits rise eight-fold
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Moss Bros chairman steps down
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Phase Eight receives bid approaches
                                                                                                                                            • UK: River Island chief steps down
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ted Baker profits rise 3.6%
                                                                                                                                                • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: LK Bennett sees sales surge
                                                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mothercare sales dented by bad weather
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundland announces bullish expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Metro
                                                                                                                                                              • …confident of Kaufhof sale
                                                                                                                                                                • …Q4 profit slumps 47%
                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Rewe revenue up 2.7%
                                                                                                                                                                    • Spain: El Corte Ingles mulls Bricor expansion
                                                                                                                                                                      • Switzerland: Migros posts record results
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Laura Ashley profit up 7.8%
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                            • …Q4 LFLs up 5.1%
                                                                                                                                                                              • …unveils new ad strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Next profits climb 18%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Finland: Stockmann unaware of Debenhams bid rumours
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …posts £114.5 million profit
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Harrods not for sale, says Fayed
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: House of Fraser outlines expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis launches new department to tempt international shoppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Liberty posts EBITDA increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Hornbach sales rise 3.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kingfisher FY profits surge 49%
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Wickes to trial new format
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Best Buy to open first UK store in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: DSG plans massive megastore roll-out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carpetright issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: DFS founder considers refinancing options
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Findel chairman steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ideal Shopping posts profit after turnaround
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …FY sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to float after general election
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Play.com appoints new chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Richemont completes Net-a-Porter acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Celesio upbeat after €74 million profit in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Lush profits fall in 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Clinton Cards profits jump 29% in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Card Factory to be sold to Charterhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and DVD retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: HMV to extend product offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ashley could raise £26 million Blacks bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Blacks snubs Sports Direct takeover offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sports Direct makes offer for Faith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Signet records solid FY results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Halfords to close central Europe businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: German retail sales fall more than expected in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: CBI: retail sales grow for second consecutive month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: London retail LFLs up 9.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: ONS: Retail sales rebound in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Scottish retail sales worst for 11 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: UK retail sales up 6.6% in March

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