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European Retail Briefing - August 2014

The European retail briefing provides commentary, data and news analysis from across Europe ensuring that you keep in contact with the latest retail news.

An analyst comment looking at how reward schemes can drive retail App uptake.

In this report we include:

  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies.
  • A profile of Prada Group. This is taken from our recently published Luxury Goods Retailing - Global report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Rewards schemes can drive retail app uptake
      • What we’ve seen
        • Starbucks leads in app uptake
          • How has it done this?
            • Boots places loyalty at the heart of its app
              • Shoppers need reasons to download retail apps
                • What it means
                • European Retail Sales

                  • Key points
                    • Retail sales
                      • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
                      • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
                      • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
                  • Headlines for the Month

                    • Grocers
                      • Clothing
                        • Footwear
                          • Department stores
                            • DIY
                              • Electrical retailing
                                • Home shopping
                                • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                  • Co-ops
                                    • UK: Co-op
                                      • …announces governance reform proposals
                                        • …sells its farms
                                          • …sells its pharmacy chain
                                            • …to open pop-up kiosks
                                              • …trials tablet trolleys
                                                • Convenience stores
                                                  • UK: Booker to open new Family Shopper stores
                                                    • UK: McColl’s
                                                      • …launches loyalty scheme
                                                        • …sales grow 3.6%
                                                          • Grocers
                                                            • Belgium: Delhaize
                                                              • …sales grow 3.7% in Q2
                                                                • …to launch Shop & Go in stations
                                                                  • Czech Republic: Ahold confirms Spar Czech Republic acquisition
                                                                    • France: Carrefour
                                                                      • …EBITDA grows 1.8%
                                                                        • …sales grow 5.2% in Q2
                                                                          • …to scrap Carrefour Discount brand logo
                                                                            • France: Groupe Casino sales rise 6.3% in Q2
                                                                              • Germany: Aldi founder Karl Albrecht dies aged 94
                                                                                • Portugal: Auchan to stock Waitrose products
                                                                                  • Spain: Dia sales rise 8% in Q2
                                                                                    • Spain: Eroski announces agreement to restructure debt
                                                                                      • Russian Federation: Lenta posts like-for-like sales growth
                                                                                        • UK: Aldi
                                                                                          • …launches first smartphone
                                                                                            • …Aldi to launch equestrian clothing
                                                                                              • UK: Lidl to offer premium French wine selection
                                                                                                • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                  • …partners with Quidco
                                                                                                    • …Q1 like-for-likes
                                                                                                      • …sells Kiddicare to Endless
                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado to open new warehouse
                                                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                            • …now sole owner of Anobii
                                                                                                              • …names first two Netto sites
                                                                                                                • …to close non-food website
                                                                                                                  • …to power store on food waste
                                                                                                                    • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                      • …hire Marks & Spencer finance head
                                                                                                                        • …Phillip Clarke to stand down
                                                                                                                          • …to build 4,000 homes
                                                                                                                            • Off-licences
                                                                                                                              • UK: Conviviality full-year pre-tax profits up
                                                                                                                                • Market share UK
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Tesco and Morrisons sales down 3.8%
                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Gap to open in Austria and Slovenia
                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Primark sales soar 22% in Q3
                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Hugo Boss sales rise 4% in first half
                                                                                                                                            • Spain: French investor increases its stake in Desigual
                                                                                                                                              • Spain: Mango four-year turnover forecast adjusted down
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bonmarché like-for-like sales up
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boux Avenue to open first airport store
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Champion to return to the UK
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: East sales dip 2%
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Internacionale brand name for sale
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: La Senza
                                                                                                                                                            • …administrator closes six outlets
                                                                                                                                                              • …more store closures
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Matalan to launch Oxford Street Flagship
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Next sales grow 10.7% in first half
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Oliver Bonas launches click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Pepe Jeans considers sale
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Select buys 18 Internaçionale stores
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: SuperGroup sales grow 19.6%
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: White Stuff sales jump 16.2%
                                                                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Macintosh sales rise 6.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Office considering £300 million stock market flotation
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Luxury retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Hermès sales grow 8% in first half
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jimmy Choo opens doors of virtual showroom
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Netherlands: Hema posts Q1 loss
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …expands use of augmented reality in catalogues
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to cut or freeze 10,000 prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: B&M sales grow 31.9% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hema to launch UK website in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Marks & Spencer recruit Tesco internet chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundstretcher cuts prices across the board
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Karstadt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …owner looks to sell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …announces restructuring process
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams poaches Mothercare Chief Financial Officer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Fortnum & Mason standalone airport store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Harrods to redevelop menswear department
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to launch ‘Tea on The Green’ in Glasgow city centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …partnership sales rises 6.3% in first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Selfridges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches Cartier online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …opens Christmas shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Kingfisher like-for-like sales fall 1.8% in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Hornbach founder dies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ireland: Woodie’s like-for-like revenue growth up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Russian Federation: Tengelmann to expand Russian operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Homebase attracts takeover bids
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Home Retail Group considering selling Homebase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Travis Perkins sales rise 11.5% in first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Apple granted landmark store trademark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Darty directorate change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Metro Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sales fall 2.7% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …takes advice on Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: The Phone House to close 50 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Comet administrators facing probe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … announce shareholders support for merger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …opens first store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: HMV like-for-like sales grow 9.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carpetright sales grow 5.2% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Floors-2-Go collapses into administration again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Vente-Unique.com to launch IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Cath Kidston attracts Chinese investor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Amazon responds to ‘anti-Amazon’ law
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Chronodrive trials Hiku
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …adds clothing recognition to app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …first-half revenues break €1bn barrier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …strikes deal with Topshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Zooplus sales jump 28.2% in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches two-day European delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches wearable technology store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ao.com like-for-like sales jump 30% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: eBay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …partners with Sotheby’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …The British Fashion Council to launch eBay shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Findel sales down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: N Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …hires CIO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Simply Be announces Kelly Brook collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Net-a-Porter Chief Executive steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Walgreens expected to take full control of Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Smiggle to double UK store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Direct Golf eyes UK and European expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Alan Fort to take control of American Golf on an interim basis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …profits grow 19.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to open stores in Australasia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Garden Centre Group to return to Wyevale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Lenstore posts record billing in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Brighthouse revenue grows by 12.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Card Factory sales rise 8.9% in first half of the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Halfords sales accelerate 7.9% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kiddicare stores to close
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …Destination Maternity withdraws bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home sales jump 10.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Fragrance Shop sales jump 11.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Thorntons' sales grow 0.6% Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: The EC announces support for FoodLoop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Netherlands: PostNL partners with Coolblue to offer Sunday deliveries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Royal Mail expands its click & collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Retail sales growth lowest in three years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales rise 4.2% in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop prices fall in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Tesco and Morrisons sales down 3.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Luxury Goods Retailing – Prada Group Profile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Concerns over faltering brand appeal are premature
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Building on menswear sales momentum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Developing Miu Miu into a luxury lifestyle brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Investing in stores and craftsmanship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 5: Prada: Group financial performance, 2009/10-2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 6: Prada: Group net revenue breakdown, by channel, 2010/11-2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 7: Prada: Group net revenue breakdown, by region, 2010/11-2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 8: Prada: Group net revenue breakdown, by product line
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • E-commerce

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