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European Retail Briefing - August 2009

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Mon Dieu! Shopping on a Sunday!
      • Polarised opinions
        • But are the changes enough?
          • Softly, softly unlikely to yield the monkey
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Food retail
              • Clothing
                • Conglomerates
                  • Department stores
                    • DIY
                      • Electricals
                        • Carpets
                          • Home shopping
                            • Health and beauty
                            • Retail Sales Review

                                • France
                                  • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2008-09
                                • Germany
                                  • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2008- 09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2008-09
                                • Italy
                                  • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2008-09
                                • Netherlands
                                  • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2008-09
                                • Spain
                                  • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2008-09
                                • UK
                                  • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
                              • Sector Focus: European PC Retailing

                                  • European PC market size and trends
                                    • PC penetration – creating the information society
                                      • Figure 13: Internet access, by country, 2004 and 2008
                                      • Figure 14: Broadband access, by country, 2004 and 2008
                                    • Germany and France the largest PC markets
                                      • Figure 15: Share of consumer spending on information processing equipment, by country, 2008
                                    • But greatest potential lies with Spain and Italy
                                        • Figure 16: Per capita spending on information processing equipment, by country, 2008
                                      • A tiny proportion of all consumer spending – but room to grow
                                        • Figure 17: Spending on Information processing equipment as percentage of total consumer spending, by country, 2008
                                      • Volumes drive historical growth
                                          • Figure 18: Growth in consumer spending on information processing equipment, by country, 2004-08
                                          • Figure 19: Spending on Information technology, by country, 2004-08
                                        • Leading retailers
                                          • PC specialists
                                              • Figure 20: Europe: Leading PC specialists, sales and store numbers, 2008
                                            • Electrical specialists
                                              • Figure 21: Leading electricals specialists - total sales and PC sales, 2008
                                            • Market shares
                                                • Figure 22: Leading retailers’ share of the PC market, 2008
                                            • News Analysis

                                              • Grocers
                                                • Belgium: Colruyt posts 6.6% sales rise in Q1
                                                  • Belgium: Delhaize
                                                    • …to sell German stores to Rewe
                                                      • …sees Q2 EBIT rise
                                                        • Bulgaria: Piccadilly posts 18% sales increase
                                                          • France: Auchan signs €800 million financing deal
                                                            • France: Carrefour
                                                              • …posts solid Q2 sales
                                                                • …plans Malaysian expansion
                                                                  • France: Casino suffers Q2 sales fall
                                                                    • Germany: Rewe withdraws from Poland
                                                                      • Netherlands: Ahold posts Q2 sales rise
                                                                        • Netherlands: Super de Boer records sales increase
                                                                          • Netherlands: Sligro sees H1 profit dive 6%
                                                                            • Portugal: Jeronimo Martins posts 23% profit hike
                                                                              • Russian Federation: Dixy reports 16% rise in H1 sales
                                                                                • Russian Federation: Kopeyka seeks loan for expansion
                                                                                  • Russian Federation: X5
                                                                                    • …sees sales slow in Q2
                                                                                      • …to open frozen meat plants
                                                                                        • Serbia: Delta Maxi sees turnover increase
                                                                                          • UK: Asda to trial refill-stations to reduce packaging
                                                                                            • UK: Morrisons raises profit forecast
                                                                                              • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                • …launches online non-food service
                                                                                                  • UK: Tesco plans further banking assault
                                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                      • Germany: Hugo Boss sees Q2 losses widen
                                                                                                        • Italy: Benetton reports weak H1 results
                                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M posts surprise sales fall
                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry posts 8% revenue boost
                                                                                                              • UK: Jaeger announces Hong Kong entry
                                                                                                                • UK: Mackays sees profits fall
                                                                                                                  • UK: Next posts sales improvement
                                                                                                                    • UK: Primark founder stands down as MD
                                                                                                                      • UK: River Island posts records results
                                                                                                                        • UK: Ted Baker launches Born
                                                                                                                          • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                            • Germany: Schlecker eyes Woolworth outlets
                                                                                                                              • UK: Argos to counter weak pound with 5% price hike
                                                                                                                                • UK: Mothercare enjoys sales surge
                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                    • Finland: Kesko suffers weak Q2 performance
                                                                                                                                      • France: PPR posts better-than-expected results
                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Metro posts €63 million Q2 profit
                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Arcandor plots Thomas Cook stake sale
                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                              • Finland: Stockmann profit down 8.9%
                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • France: Mr Bricolage sees H1 profit increase
                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Praktiker profit falls in Q2
                                                                                                                                                      • Sweden: Clas Ohlson sees June sales soar
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Focus set to unveil CVA
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kingfisher
                                                                                                                                                            • …buoyed by B&Q results
                                                                                                                                                              • …mulls franchise move to broaden horizons
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Travis Perkins posts H1 profit dip
                                                                                                                                                                  • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Wheway appointed as new Best Buy Europe chief
                                                                                                                                                                      • Russian Federation: M.Video sales drop in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Allied Carpets falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Carpetright
                                                                                                                                                                              • …in talks to buy Allied's insurance division
                                                                                                                                                                                • …LFLs rise 1.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Otto could lose €10 million over wrong laptop pricing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • US: Amazon posts mixed results
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Celesio
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …acquires Belgian wholesaler
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to acquire all of DocMorris
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Superdrug records FY loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Borders
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …enters sale talks with Hilco
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …auditors raise doubts over future
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Blacks Leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …posts LFLs drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …secures funding for a further year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JD Sports acquires Canterbury Europe for £6.5 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …store purchase faces probe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …suffers 91% profit plunge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Signet suffers Q2 LFLs drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Game agrees £175 million refinancing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Halfords posts quarterly sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economic news
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Retail sales fall in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ireland: Retail sales continue downward spiral
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Scotland: Retail sales climb in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • BRC: June LFLs climb 1.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • CBI: Retail sales fell faster in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ONS: Retail sales surge in June

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