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European Retail Briefing - April 2017

Analyst comment on conglomerates in retailing.

  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • A profile of Deichmann Shuh. This is taken from our recently published Footwear Retailing - Europe, April 2017 report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Bad business decisions
      • Conglomerates
        • “The first loss is the best loss”
          • Easy with hindsight
          • European Retail Sales

            • Key points
                • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2014-16
                • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2014-16
              • Inflation
                • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2015-16
                • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2015-16
            • Headlines for the Month

              • Grocers
                • Clothing and footwear retailers
                  • DIY retailing
                    • Health and beauty retailing
                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                      • Convenience stores
                        • UK: Booker sales hit by new Tobacco legislation
                          • UK: Budgens operator falls into administration
                            • Grocers
                              • Belgium: Ahold Delhaize divests property in Belgium
                                • France: Auchan
                                  • …extends click-and-collect trial
                                    • …reports improved results of 0.7% growth
                                      • France: Carrefour unveils digital innovations
                                        • France: La Vie Claire benefits from booming organic market
                                          • Germany: Aldi Nord tests new upmarket concept
                                            • Germany: EDEKA launches "BahnhofsBox" at Stuttgart station
                                              • Germany: Kaufland set for Australian expansion
                                                • Germany: Rewe revenues boosted by German supermarkets
                                                  • Italy: Aldi progresses with preparations for Italy launch
                                                    • Italy: Esselunga
                                                      • …launches first two click-and-collect stores
                                                        • …revenues grow 3.1%
                                                          • Netherlands: Jumbo installs virtual shoppable pop-up store
                                                            • Portugal: Auchan opens first convenience store in Portugal
                                                              • Spain: Carrefour releases new omnichannel campaign
                                                                • Spain: Covirán enjoys 4% growth in sales
                                                                  • Spain: DIA Group announces management restructuring
                                                                    • UK: Booths to enter joint venture in Malaysia
                                                                      • UK: Brait abandons plans to list on the London Stock Exchange
                                                                        • UK: Morrisons
                                                                          • …outshines the ‘big four’, industry figures suggest
                                                                            • …achieves first comparable sales and profit growth since 2012
                                                                              • …launches in-store Indian takeaway concept
                                                                                • UK: Nisa Q4 sales increase 2.2%
                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                    • …and Argos combined like-for-like sales rise 0.3%
                                                                                      • …launches weather-activated digital campaign
                                                                                        • …set to axe Phone Shops
                                                                                          • …teams up with Graduate Fashion Week on high-end range
                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                              • …agrees to pay £129m fine
                                                                                                • …CEO reiterates commitment to Booker deal
                                                                                                  • …faces pressure to close stores amid Booker takeover
                                                                                                    • …to restructure international executive team
                                                                                                      • UK: The Co-op reports "exceptional" yearly results
                                                                                                        • UK: Waitrose to host supper club in new store
                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                          • Clothing and footwear retailing
                                                                                                            • Belgium: McGregor and Gaastra stores put up for sale
                                                                                                              • Europe: H&M sales up 7% in Q1
                                                                                                                • France: Vivarte agrees on debt restructuring with lenders
                                                                                                                  • Germany: Gerry Weber increases profits despite sales fall
                                                                                                                    • Germany: Hugo Boss acts to stabilise declining sales
                                                                                                                      • Germany: Hunkemöller trials first sports shop under HKMX brand
                                                                                                                        • Spain: Desigual revenues down 7.8%
                                                                                                                          • Spain: Inditex like-for-like sales rise 10% in 2016
                                                                                                                            • Spain: OVS, Italian fashion retailer, launches into Spain
                                                                                                                              • Spain: Zara opens largest store to date in Madrid
                                                                                                                                • Sweden: H&M posts 1% fall in local currency sales in February
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ann Summers turnover declines 3%
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Blue Inc
                                                                                                                                      • …CVA labelled a 'stay of execution'
                                                                                                                                        • …files for a CVA
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Brantano falls into administration
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry licenses beauty business to Coty
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Canada Goose set to open first UK store
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill
                                                                                                                                                  • …likely to buy Jaeger
                                                                                                                                                    • …to roll out department store concept
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: French Connection revenues fall 6.7%
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Gap launches new concept store in Bluewater
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: H&M to open largest UK store
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jaeger likely to fall into administration
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Jones Bootmaker
                                                                                                                                                                • …heading for administration
                                                                                                                                                                  • …sold to private equity firm Endless
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Lavitta closes all stores after a year in operation
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Matalan launches in Eastern Europe
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Moss Bros
                                                                                                                                                                          • …revenue rises 5.7%
                                                                                                                                                                            • …targets young men with prom campaign
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mothercare delivers solid quarterly performance
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Next sales level for the year
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Primark owner seeks new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Shoe Zone eyes Brantano takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches interactive window campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales rise 16.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The White Company expands US presence
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Topshop managing director heads to The White Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Europe: Colruyt Group launch new loyalty card
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Metro Group supports food technology start-ups
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: 99p Stores falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Original Factory Shop CEO steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Debenhams adds Preen to the Designers at Debenhams collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: House of Fraser unveils new vision
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …CEO Paula Nickolds warns of further job cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …full-year sales rise 3.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …invests in Edinburgh store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches own denim lifestyle brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Mr Bricolage losses widen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Hornbach Group sales rise 4.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bunnings plans online launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Kingfisher like-for-likes rise 2.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ManoMano gains a foothold in the UK DIY market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topps Tiles like-for-like sale decrease 1.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: DFS half-year revenue boosted by new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: ScS posts rise in sales and profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sharps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches shopping centre presence in Intu malls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sharps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: The Range reveals plans for new headquarters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …Pantry expands into France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Business launches in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: AO revenues up 17% but profits fall to zero
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Asos revenues rise 37%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Farfetch launches Middle-Eastern designer collections
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: HelloFresh now available at Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Net-a-Porter develops personal services for top customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ocado retail sales rise 13.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Feelunique acquires The Beautyist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Lush ‘reviews options’ for growth outside the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ireland: Smiggle plots expansion in Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Card Factory revenue up 4.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Clintons unveils new fascia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Foyles sales rise 2.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Rebranded Staples stores to lease space in larger shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Intersport France ups revenue target
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: Action turnover rises 34%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spain: JD Sports to partner with Sports Zone in Spain and Portugal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Reebok launches first knitted footwear range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music and game retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Game revenues fall in a challenging market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Luxury goods retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Hermés reports strong sales and profit growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Luxury marketplace for modest fashion launches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Matches Fashion revenues jump 61%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Signet Jewellers reports challenging fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Pets at Home introduces 'peternity' leave for staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Intu acquires shopping centre in Madrid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: London's New West End to host 'smart street'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Oaktree to sell three UK shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: White Rose shopping centre reveals major extension plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: German retail sales down compared to last year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Food prices rise sharply in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Parliamentary inquiry launched to investigate business rates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Retail footfall down 1% in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Retail sales rise 4.7% in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Springboard forecasts 5.4% Easter footfall boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Visa reports slowing consumer spending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Deichmann Schuh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Rack concept helps Deichmann stand out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Diversifying the brand portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Expanding geographically
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Omnichannel outlets merge shops and online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ship2Home responds to customer disappointment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ellie Goulding collection taps into celebrity interest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Where now?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 5: Deichmann Schuh: group financial performance, 2012-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 6: Deichmann Schuh: outlet data, 2012-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Retail offering

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          European Retail Briefing - April 2017

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