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European Retail Briefing - August 2017

Analyst comment on Ceconomy and the demereger of Media MarktSaturn from Metro Group.

  • An overview of the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • A profile of Kering. This is taken from our recently published Luxury goods retailing - International, August 2017 report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Ceconomy – The newcomer makes its presence felt
      • European market leader
        • Big is better
          • Challengers
            • New countries
              • Dangerous strategy
                • Opportunities
                  • Where next?
                  • European Retail Sales

                    • Key points
                      • Retail sales
                          • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2016-17
                          • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2016-17
                        • Inflation
                          • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2016-17
                          • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2016-17
                      • Headlines for the Month

                        • Grocers
                          • Other food and drink specialists
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Multi-Sector retailing
                                • DIY retailing
                                  • Electrical retailing
                                    • Home shopping
                                      • Health & beauty retailing
                                      • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                        • Convenience stores
                                          • UK: Heron Food Group acquired by B&M for £152m
                                            • UK: McColl’s
                                              • …sales rise and profits fall
                                                • …teams up with Morrisons in £1bn supply deal
                                                  • Grocers
                                                    • Belgium: Carrefour’s organic bus tour
                                                      • Finland: Kesko reports an increase in sales
                                                        • France: Carrefour Market to display product reviews in store
                                                          • France: Groupe Casino reports sales growth for Q2
                                                            • Germany: Edeka Südbayern renaming acquired Tengelmann stores
                                                              • Germany: Kaufland reduces number of products sold
                                                                • Ireland: Lidl set for €700 million expansion
                                                                  • Italy: Carrefour Italia suffers €400 million loss since 2014
                                                                    • Italy: Eataly reports loss for 2016
                                                                      • Italy: Megamark posts increase in sales
                                                                        • Italy: VéGé Group reports sales increase
                                                                          • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize sees strong Q2
                                                                            • Netherlands: Albert Heijn launches in-store augmented reality app
                                                                              • Romania: Kaufland launches new retail concept in Bucharest
                                                                                • Russia: O’Key Group report second quarter revenue growth
                                                                                  • UK: Asda
                                                                                    • …reportedly considering B&M acquisition
                                                                                      • …sales and profits fall for 2016
                                                                                        • UK: Booths undergoing financial review
                                                                                          • UK: Lidl to open 60 new stores a year in UK expansion
                                                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                              • …expands into online florist market
                                                                                                • …unveils in-store weather bulletins
                                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury’s to cut 1000 jobs
                                                                                                    • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                      • …redundancies at fashion arm
                                                                                                        • …to stop selling 5p carrier bags
                                                                                                          • …launches same day delivery nationwide
                                                                                                            • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                              • …hires first ever director of food service
                                                                                                                • …partners with leading marine charity to fight plastic beach pollution
                                                                                                                  • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                                                    • Switzerland: Lindt & Sprüngli increase sales and profit
                                                                                                                      • UK: Conviviality posts increase in sales and profit
                                                                                                                        • UK: Greggs sees sales and profits rise
                                                                                                                          • UK: Hotel Chocolat revenues rise
                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Non-Food

                                                                                                                            • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                              • France: Damartex reports revenue growth for 2016
                                                                                                                                • Italy: Salvatore Ferragamo reports profit decline
                                                                                                                                  • Italy: Stone Island to sell off 30% of company
                                                                                                                                    • UK: American Eagle Outfitters pulls out of the UK
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Arcadia
                                                                                                                                        • …owned out-of-town store Outfit to launch childrenswear
                                                                                                                                          • …launch in-store online delivery service
                                                                                                                                            • …parent company names Karren Brady as new chairman
                                                                                                                                              • …Topshop/Topman appoint new CEO
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bonmarché online sales drives sales
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bravissimo to launch stores in the US
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                                                      • …face criticism over executive pay
                                                                                                                                                        • …sales and revenue rise in first quarter
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: H&M confirms London opening date for Weekday store
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jack Wills profits return
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Joules posts growth in revenue and profit
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Matalan post growth in profits in quarterly update
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: New Look sales and profit decline in first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Next Q2 results sees sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Oasis launch in-store virtual reality campaign
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Store Twenty One enters administration
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Urban Revivo launches its debut UK store
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: White Stuff sales up but profits down in annual results
                                                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Kering reports strong growth for first half year
                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: LVMH sales and profit growth
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Hugo Boss increases sales for first half year
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Tedi announces plans for 150 new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: B&M reports strongest Q1 growth for three years
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reduce plastic in food packaging
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …clothing sales decline slows in first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …trialling sushi counters in store in partnership with Wasabi
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Mothercare sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Twin Peaks chocolate bar in copyright battle
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches first half price sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Wilko profits plunge for the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …considering co-working office space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …hires first brand experience manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Selfridges opens Christmas store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Too Hot pop-up store in Harvey Nichols
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Bricomarche to acquire Bricorama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Mr Bricolage reports growth in profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Screwfix CEO leaves for rival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Travis Perkins sees sales rise whilst profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: Ceconomy becomes largest shareholder of Fnac Darty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Spain: Dixons Carphone disposes of The Phone House Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dixons Carphone launching day of deals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: EE opens concessions in Sainsbury’s and Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Card Factory sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: DFS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …struggles in second half of 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to buy Sofology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Bathstore see rise in full year profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Feather and Black profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Oak Furniture Land sees profits and turnover rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: ScS order numbers decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Australian houseware retailer House to launch in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Cath Kidston profits soar in annual figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: MK Direct buy Envie de Fraise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Zalando reports strong revenue and profit growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Italy: Yoox Net a Porter reports positive first half year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: AO.com reports increased revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …new visual search engine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sales spike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Avon CEO to step down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Feelunique launches pass for unlimited next-day delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: matchesfashion.com to be sold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Missguided to sell third party sportswear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: N Brown £40m down over ‘flawed’ insurance products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …ecommerce director resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sale stopped by Barclay Brothers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Finland: Kesko set to open health and beauty chain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: AS Watson to create new jobs with store expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Fragrance Shop profit increases
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Adidas reports positive Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Evans Cycles fall in earnings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JD Sports to open dual shop and gym
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Rapha sold to Walmart heirs for £200m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …fall in profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …buys stake in GAME
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …takes 27% of French Connection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Wyevale Garden Centres to refinance debt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Duty free retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Switzerland: Dufry AG reports growth in sales and profit for the first half of 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pets and pet products retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Pets at Home revenue rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Volkswagen open first store in UK shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sales increase for June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …solid sales for the UK in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Kering

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Store-to-door in 90 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Gucci.com to launch in China in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Big plans for Yves Saint Laurent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bottega Veneta’s multi-product lifestyle strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 5: Kering: Financial performance, 2012-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 6: Kering Luxury: Breakdown of revenue by region, 2012-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 7: Kering Luxury: Directly-operated stores, 2015-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • E-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • A. S. Watson (Europe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Adidas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ahold Delhaize
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Albert Heijn Netherlands (Ahold)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • American Eagle Outfitters Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • AO World Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Artemis Investment Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Avon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Avon North America
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • B&M Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bargain Booze Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bathstore.com Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bluewater Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Booker Cash & Carry Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bravissimo Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bricorama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Burton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carrefour Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cath Kidston Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli (Schweiz) AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Damartex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DFS Furniture plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dorothy Perkins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DUFRY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Edeka Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • EE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Evans Cycles UK Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Feather And Black Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Feelunique.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Game Digital plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Global Brands, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Google UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Harvey Nichols UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Heron Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hotel Chocolat Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Howdens Joinery Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hugo Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hyundai Motor Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • InterContinental Hotels Group PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jack Wills Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • K-Citymarket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • K-Market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kaiser's Tengelmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kesko
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kraft Foods UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lakeland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lidl (Germany)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • McColl's (convenience stores)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • McColl's Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Missguided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mr. Bricolage Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • New Look International
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • O'Key Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Oak Furniture Land
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Outfit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pets at Home Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Salvatore Ferragamo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Savers Health and Beauty Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Screwfix UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ScS Upholstery Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sofology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Subway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Système U
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • TEDi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tengelmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Carphone Warehouse Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fragrance Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Perfume Shop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The White Company Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Volkswagen AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • West Ham United Football Club
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • White Stuff Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wilko
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wyevale Garden Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Zoological Society of London

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