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European Retail Briefing - April 2013

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Darty quits Spain
      • Weak Southern European market
        • Figure 1: Year-on-year growth in consumer spending on all electrical goods, 2012
      • Low share of all spending
        • Figure 2: Spending on electrical goods as percentage of all consumer spending, selected countries, 2008-12
      • Losing out to online pureplays?
          • Figure 3: Percentage of all individuals having purchased electronic equipment online in the past 12 months, selected countries, 2008-12
        • What were Darty and Fnac’s market shares?
          • Figure 4: Fnac Italy and Darty Italy/Spain market shares, 2012
      • European Retail Sales

        • Key points
          • Retail sales
            • Figure 5: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales value growth, 2012-13
            • Figure 6: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales volume growth, 2012-13
          • Inflation
            • Figure 7: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2012-13
            • Figure 8: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2012-13
        • Headlines for the Month

          • Grocers
            • Clothing retailing
              • Footwear retailing
                • Multi-sector retailing
                  • Department stores
                    • DIY retailing
                      • Electrical retailing
                        • Home shopping
                        • News Analysis

                          • Co-ops
                            • UK: Co-operative Food
                              • …invests £6.5 million in fast payment initiative
                                • …offers customers healthier options
                                  • …sees profits decline across food business
                                    • Convenience stores
                                      • UK: Aldi opens first UK convenience store
                                        • UK: Costcutter collaborates with Palmer & Harvey
                                          • UK: Hermes and One Stop collaborate for parcel collection service
                                            • UK: John Lewis to trial 'Little Waitrose at John Lewis'
                                              • UK: McColl’s refinances debt early as it looks to expand
                                                • UK: Morrisons adds 200,000 sq. ft. of retail space
                                                  • UK: One Stop trials franchise model
                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s expands London convenience stores
                                                      • UK: Superquinn reports growth ahead of market expectations
                                                        • UK: Waitrose expands London convenience arm
                                                          • Grocers
                                                            • Belgium: Delhaize launches electronic shelf labels
                                                              • Europe: Auchan sees rising sales but falling profits in 2012
                                                                • France: Carrefour
                                                                  • …dismisses possible sale of Italian business
                                                                    • …undergoes major reorganisation
                                                                      • …opens first organic store
                                                                        • …plots growth strategy for Brazil and China
                                                                          • Spain: Mercadona
                                                                            • …focuses on domestic business
                                                                              • …posts 7% growth
                                                                                • Switzerland: Migros Switzerland and Migros Ticaret report sales rise
                                                                                  • UK: Asda
                                                                                    • …in talks to buy HMV
                                                                                      • …launches new clothing brand
                                                                                        • …to launch grocery range aimed at children
                                                                                          • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                            • …announces Invesco as largest shareholder
                                                                                              • …launch Nutmeg children’s clothing range
                                                                                                • …puts 700 jobs at risk with cash-handling technology
                                                                                                  • … confirms it will launch online food store
                                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                      • …online director role expanded to spur digital growth
                                                                                                        • …share schemes earns staff a net of £23 million
                                                                                                          • …full-year sales rise 1.8%
                                                                                                            • UK: SuperValu hit €2.1 billion in sales in 2012
                                                                                                              • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                • …acquires Giraffe restaurant chain for £48.6 million
                                                                                                                  • …faces £1 billion bill to leave US
                                                                                                                    • …halts Soil & Seed vegetable box scheme
                                                                                                                      • …launches Price Promise
                                                                                                                        • …looks to sell Fresh & Easy chain in US
                                                                                                                          • …market share remains below 30%
                                                                                                                            • …partners with BBC Worldwide
                                                                                                                              • …considers online expansion in China
                                                                                                                                • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                                  • …hires senior Ocado executive
                                                                                                                                    • …to unveil gardening and floristry online and in-store
                                                                                                                                      • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Thorntons adjusts pre-tax profits expectations
                                                                                                                                          • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Majestic Wine to make website more personal
                                                                                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                                • Europe: H&M posts weak first quarter results
                                                                                                                                                  • Spain: Inditex posts year-end results
                                                                                                                                                    • Switzerland: Longchamp opens first Geneva store
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ann Summers seeks prime locations
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                          • …to launch series of apps
                                                                                                                                                            • …hires former Amex digital boss
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Bank appoints new head of womenswear
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bench looks at possible sale
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Cambridge Satchel Company drives expansion with new appointments
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Crew Clothing posts increase in revenue
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: French Connection falls into the red
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: H&M sales fall 3% in February
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jacques Vert
                                                                                                                                                                            • …axes jobs
                                                                                                                                                                              • …hires ex-Disney MD
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Jaeger
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches space for emerging talent
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …chairman Stewart Binnie leaves
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Monsoon Accessorize reports £4 million loss
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Moss Bros posts full-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mulberry issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Next sees full-year profits rise 9%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Phase Eight opens new concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: River Island launches menswear brands online
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ted Baker reveals strong full-year performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Turnbull & Asser appoints managing director
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Urban Outfitters sales increased by 13% in 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dr Martens pushes retail business
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jones Bootmaker plans to open Brussels store
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Kurt Geiger to sell through Nordstrom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mascotte to open first UK store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shoon to acquire Jane Shilton's footwear brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: B&M Bargains sees profits soar 42%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Original Factory Shop relaunches womenswear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Wilkinson multichannel boss to exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Metro AG Cash & Carry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …CEO steps down prior to publication of financial results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …cuts more jobs at Cash & Carry operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …overhauls Cash & Carry Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: REWE sees group turnover increase by 2.7% in 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Home Retail Group sees sales rise on back of tablet sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Laura Ashley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …demands 10% back from suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …profits rise by 9.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reportedly expecting further decline in clothing sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to unveil poor fourth quarter results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …shares on 28-month high after Qatar takeover rumours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …introduces ‘click & collect’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …targeted by Qatari takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Illum in Denmark bought by La Rinascente
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Galeries Lafayette to rejuvenate department store format
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Printemps to be taken over by Qataris for €1.6bn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Karstadt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …adjusts revenue forecast for 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … hires former Yahoo Germany boss for e-commerce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Beale reports lower sales, improved gross margin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …delays payments to suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …poaches Argos multichannel boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …aims to boost market share in menswear with Patrick Grant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …strengthens ‘Designers at Debenhams’ portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Fortnum & Mason: new CEO lets go of two directors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to open more Click & Collect stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …like-for-like sales up 4.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis demands rebate from suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: OBI remains leading German DIY retailer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Praktiker faces continued decline in turnover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Homebase launches customer insight strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kingfisher’s profits plunge by 11%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Screwfix appoints new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Topps Tiles forecasts lower profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Dixons Retail opens outlets in Greek Carrefour outlets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Darty Exits Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Switzerland: Media-Saturn-Holding withdraws Saturn from Switzerland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BrightHouse creates new exec roles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jessops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …collapsed under £81m debt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reopens six stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Blockbuster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …bought by restructuring firm Gordon Brothers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to expand into music retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …and Blockbuster owed £490 million in debts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …set to be rescued
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: DFS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …refinances after strong first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …shows confidence in Irish retail market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Cath Kidston opens concessions in Spanish department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dunelm posts third quarter results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Escada launches first transactional website in German market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Food.de expands across Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: New service allows German consumers to buy online and pay offline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Zalando launches new high-end online store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …hires in Birmingham for global growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sales increase by 37% in second quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: eBay rebrands price comparison site Shopping.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Findel to report 8.3% sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces new bonus scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts 14.4% sales increase in first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …shares boosted from talks with Morrisons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Occa Furniture appoints former Bestbuy exec to board
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boots launches Shapers ready meals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Staples hires Portugal boss for UK multichannel strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Waterstones to offer bonus material in books
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: WH Smith brings back DVDs after HMV failure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …offers Cloggs staff voluntary redundancy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … Republic buying director heads to JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sweaty Betty plots expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Charity shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Nectar offers points for giving to Oxfam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: One Direction pop-up shop to open
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Trinity Leeds shopping centre brings new offering to city
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Vision Express
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …focus on value sees profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches Heston Blumenthal range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Go Outdoors will create 150 jobs as it opens three new stores.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …appoints new retail director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …group commercial director steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales helped by cold weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mamas & Papas unveils rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Pets at Home acquires veterinary practice chain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Timpson plans 100 more stores at supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jewellery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Swarovski to launch new fascia Cadenza at Westfield Stratford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: 4G to up retail spend by £1.8 billion a year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: BDO: like-for-like sales declined in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: BRC:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …fashion sales stall due to cold weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …footfall up in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …shop price inflation rise on the rise again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales bounce back in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Scottish retail sales continue to see growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Airport Retailing – Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Autogrill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 9: Autogrill, financial performance, 2008-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 10: Autogrill, revenue breakdown, 2008-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Store portfolio

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