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European Retail Briefing - December 2012

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • The trouble with Italian retailing
      • Monti to go…
        • International retailers have gone
          • Figure 1: Europe: Top 300 European retailers by domicile, selected countries, 2011
        • Retail sector remains fragmented
          • Figure 2: Europe: Top ten national retailers’ revenues as % of all retail sales, selected countries, 2011
          • Figure 3: Europe: Percentage of all individuals having purchased goods or services online, selected countries, 2011
      • Retail Sales Review

        • Key points
          • France
            • Figure 4: France: Retail Sales, 2011-12
          • Inflation
            • Figure 5: France: Inflation, 2011-12
          • Germany
            • Figure 6: Germany: Retail Sales trends, 2011-12
          • Inflation
            • Figure 7: Germany: Inflation, 2011-12
          • Italy
            • Figure 8: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
          • Inflation
            • Figure 9: Italy: Inflation, 2011-12
          • Netherlands
            • Figure 10: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
          • Inflation
            • Figure 11: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2011-12
          • Spain
            • Figure 12: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
          • Inflation
            • Figure 13: Spain: Inflation 2011-12
          • UK
            • Figure 14: UK: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
          • Inflation
            • Figure 15: UK: Inflation, 2011-12
        • News Headlines

          • Grocers
            • Clothing retailing
              • Footwear retailing
                • Multi-sector retailers
                  • Department stores
                    • DIY retailing
                      • Electrical retailing
                        • Home shopping
                          • Music and video goods retailing
                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                            • News Analysis

                              • Convenience stores
                                • UK: Asda to enter convenience market with forecourt stores
                                  • UK: Waitrose under pressure over Shell deal
                                    • Co-ops
                                      • UK: Co-op
                                        • …sparks concern
                                          • …to acquire 10 Costcutter stores
                                            • …opens new distribution centre
                                              • Grocers
                                                • Belgium: Louis Delhaize exits Hungary
                                                  • Europe: Metro to sell hypermarkets in Eastern Europe
                                                    • France: Carrefour to sell 60% stake in Indonesian unit
                                                      • France: Lidl moving French operational facility to Paris
                                                        • Germany: Profits decline at Aldi Nord
                                                          • Russian Federation: Kesko opens first food store in St. Petersburg
                                                            • UK: Aldi
                                                              • …records 27.3% sales growth, as Morrisons continues to struggle
                                                                • …to open new format stores in London
                                                                  • UK: Asda
                                                                    • …mulls launch of digital entertainment service
                                                                      • …posts financial results
                                                                        • UK: Lidl
                                                                          • …doubles size of premium range
                                                                            • …to invest in Greece
                                                                              • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                • …and Asda call for extended Christmas opening hours
                                                                                  • …introduces new discount card
                                                                                    • UK: OFT - Supermarket loyalty cards under scrutiny
                                                                                      • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                        • …and Asda expected to report sales growth
                                                                                          • …appoints new group HR director
                                                                                            • …opens energy efficient store
                                                                                              • …to create 10,000 new local jobs
                                                                                                • …posts profit rise
                                                                                                  • UK: Supermarkets sign up to offer and price promotion code
                                                                                                    • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                      • …launches online party food service
                                                                                                        • …launches online veg box offer
                                                                                                          • …Tesco Phone Shop launch pilot scheme to assist over-50 shoppers
                                                                                                            • …trials interactive touchscreens
                                                                                                              • …group strategy director departs
                                                                                                                • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                  • …extends store opening hours for Christmas
                                                                                                                    • …launches iPad version of weekly newspaper
                                                                                                                      • …continues expansion programme
                                                                                                                        • Off-licences
                                                                                                                          • UK: Bargain Booze appoints new CEO
                                                                                                                            • UK: Majestic Wine reports 3.9% rise in pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                              • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                                • UK: Holland & Barrett trials fitness drills
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Thorntons plans multichannel investment
                                                                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Prada group posts 50% rise in EBITDA
                                                                                                                                        • Italy: Dolce & Gabbana’s revenues remain stable
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Arcadia
                                                                                                                                            • …confirms sale of 25% stake in Topshop and Topman
                                                                                                                                              • …posts financial results
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Asos invests in second hand designer clothing website
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Aurora reports 15.3% drop in EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill reports record profits
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Fast Retailing to purchase majority stake in J brand
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: French Connection reports flat like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Gant appoints head of UK and Ireland brand operations
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: H&M
                                                                                                                                                              • …reports like-for-like sales decline
                                                                                                                                                                • …to launch green initiative
                                                                                                                                                                  • …to open new store in Hammersmith
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Hobbs
                                                                                                                                                                      • …poaches buying and merchandising director
                                                                                                                                                                        • …posts rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: J Crew to open London Store
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jacques Vert appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Jaeger reveals underlying loss of £8m
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …considers selling stake
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to sell Rampant Sporting
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: M&Co returns to profitability
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Montique secures 63 doors as it prepares for UK debut
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mulberry posts like-for-likes up 11%
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …appoints new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …posts first half results
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Phase Eight to open first West End store
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Primark to open Warrington flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …appoints new non-exec directors
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to expand Superdry brand with wholesale accessories
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ted Baker retail sales soar 24.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: TK Maxx potential buyer for Comet stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Topshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …in talks to sell 25% stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to open Marble Arch store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Zara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …opens new flagship store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …bans hazardous chemicals in supply chain and products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Aldo to double number of Call It Spring concessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Clarks launches Click and Collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dr Martens opens two new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dune looks to expand overseas wholesale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jones Bootmaker collaborates with House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kurt Geiger focuses on international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Schuh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports 12% rise in like-for-likes in first three quarters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports pre-tax loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Stead & Simpson to close 90 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: B&M Bargains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …moves to second round of bidding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sold to US private equity firm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …brings American interest to UK value sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …expands food offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …partners with Mecca Bingo for promotional activity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports profit fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Multi-sector retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Switzerland: Swiss Coop-owned Prodega in merger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …appoints supply chain director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to open at midnight on Christmas Eve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Home Retail Group appoints new board member
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bulgaria: Debenhams opens its first store in Bulgaria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ireland: Dunnes Stores Faces Winding Up Petition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams boss to receive extra £300,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Harrods appoints Sarah Brown as non-executive director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: House of Fraser reports rise in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …clothes sales boosted by cold weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …appoints customer insight director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …aims to open 60 stores by 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …partners with Red Letter Days
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports 11.4% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports record November sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Hornbach issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Homebase to launch store refit programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Kingfisher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …B&Q trials banking scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports decline in Q3 profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to ramp up eco agenda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Robert Dyas' chief executive steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Topps Tiles posts profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Carphone Warehouse reports 5% rise in UK like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …axes home delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …makes 330 staff redundant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …staff to lose jobs before Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …stores potentially saved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to close 41 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …website potentially saved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …future hangs in the balance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …rolls out Google Zones across Currys and PC World stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …returns to black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Game’s chief executive defends owner, OpCapita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Maplin to open travel stores in 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bathstore hires non-executive chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BrightHouse reports strong growth in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dwell managing director steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Cath Kidston reports profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Otto Group acquires Neckermann brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …looks to steal high street sales with grocery offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reveals UK sales and profit figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …invests in second hand designer clothing website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …head of buying departs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: EBay to open social media pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Findel reports rise in H1 profits and sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Moonpig forces owner into the red
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: My-Wardrobe appoints fashion director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Net-A-Porter announces new print magazine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees shares soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …introduces new service using Facebook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to extend maturity dates on loan facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reveals plans for Nottingham site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Feelunique.com acquired in £26 million private equity deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Europe: PPR’s Fnac to exit Italy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: HMV sells Mama Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Clintons opens first distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Waterstones seeks overseas expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WH Smith posts interim results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Le Coq Sportif to open European flagship in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Switzerland: INTERSPORT continues expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches JD Pro sports fascia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports like-for-likes rise 1.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Rampant Sporting bought by Indian investor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Reebok to open standalone stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sports Direct owner eyes stake in House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Claire's Accessories to debut ecommerce site in 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Newsagents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Martin McColl to expand convenience store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hamleys sees pre-tax profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Countrywide secures extra funds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports 23.4% drop in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to expand accessories range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hobbycraft appoints customer development director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mothercare cuts losses and improves sales trend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Pets at Home to launch loyalty card
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Lend Lease submits application for Bluewater expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …food price inflation reaches nine month high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …like-for-likes edge up just 0.4% in November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …town centre vacancy rate reaches 11.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ONS: UK retail sales fell 0.8% in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Visa predicts busiest shopping day of the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Supermarkets: More than Just Food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lidl/Kaufland (Schwarz Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Can Lidl’s online non-foods offer be exported?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 16: Schwarz Group: Lidl stores per million capita, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Prospects in Germany: Lidl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Prospects for Kaufland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Scaling back hard-discount in France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Outpaced by Aldi in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 17: Schwarz Group: Group financial performance, 2007/8-2011/12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 18: Schwarz Group: Outlet data, 2007/8-2011/12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lidl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kaufland

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Adams Childrenswear Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Adidas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aeon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aldo UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alexander McQueen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alliance Boots UK Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • American Greetings Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • AO World Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Auchan (Fr)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • B&M Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bain Capital LLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bargain Booze Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bathstore.com Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BC Partners Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bestseller
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Blackstone Group (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bloomingdale's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bluewater Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bourjois
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brico Depôt (France)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brighthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Burton old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • C&J Clark Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Castorama (Russia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cath Kidston Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • CBA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Chanel Ltd (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Church & Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Claire's Accessories
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Clinton Cards Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Coop Schweiz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Costcutter Supermarkets Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Countrywide Assured Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • David Jones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Debenhams (UK and Republic of Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Delhaize Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Deutsche Bank AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dolce & Gabbana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dune Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dunnes Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dwell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • eBay Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Evans old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Express Gifts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Facebook, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Farepak Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fast Retailing Co. Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Feelunique.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fnac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Gant Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • General Motors Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Genesco Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Google UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hamleys of London Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hobbs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • HobbyCraft Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Holland & Barrett Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hornbach Holding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • HSBC Holdings plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Intersport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ITV plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • J. Crew Group, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jacques Vert Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jane Norman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jasper Conran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • JJB Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Rocha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jones Apparel Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jones Bootmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • K-rauta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kesko
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kitbag
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kleeneze plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kurt Geiger Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Landsbanki Islands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lions Rampant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Little Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • LOVEFiLM International Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mackays Stores Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Macy's, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mama Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Maplin Electronics Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • McColl's Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mean Fiddler Music Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mecca Bingo Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Metro (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miss Selfridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Moonpig.com Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mulberry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • My-Wardrobe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Neckermann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nordstrom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Observer (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ocado Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Office of Fair Trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Oracle Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Organic Trade Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Otto Group (Multichannel Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Palamon Capital Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pets at Home Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Phase Eight Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pied a Terre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Poundworld Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Prada (I Pellettieri d'Italia S.p.A.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • R Griggs Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Red Letter Days plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Reebok International Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Riverford Organic Vegetables Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Robert Dyas Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sainsbury's Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Schuh Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Screwfix UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shell (UK) Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shell Oil Products US
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shoe Zone Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Soil Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports Direct UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Stead & Simpson Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Disney Store Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Shoe Studio Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The TJX Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topman old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topps Tiles (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topshop old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UniCredito Italiano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Uniqlo UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Virgin Entertainment Group Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Visa Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Walgreen Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • We7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wolseley plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wolsey Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Woolworths Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • YouTube, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    European Retail Briefing - December 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    £295.00 (Excl.Tax)