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European Retail Briefing - December 2013

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

  • An analyst comment examines the performance of consumer markets in France and Germany in 2013.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies
  • An overview of the European grocery retail sector, looking at spending, retail sales and the leading clothing retailers. This is taken from our recently published Supermarkets - More than just Food Retailing - Europe report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Germany and France: a weak 2013, a better 2014
      • 2013 disappointed
        • Consumer sentiment remains weak in France
          • Figure 1: France and Germany: The consumer: Financial situation compared to one year ago, July 2013
          • Figure 2: France and Germany: Consumer confidence, December 2012-November 2013
        • Spending power holding up
          • Figure 3: France: Earnings versus inflation, Q1 2012-Q2 2013
          • Figure 4: Germany: Earnings versus inflation, Q1 2012-Q2 2013
        • Forecasts: 2014 will be better
          • Figure 5: Year-on-year growth in all retail sales (excluding automotive fuel), 2013 (est) and 2014 (fore)
      • European Retail Sales

        • Key points
          • Retail sales
            • Figure 6: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales value growth, 2012-13
            • Figure 7: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales volume growth, 2012-13
          • Inflation
            • Figure 8: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2012-13
            • Figure 9: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2012-13
        • Grocery Retailing – Europe

          • Consumer spending
            • Figure 10: Europe: Year-on-year growth in consumer spending on food, beverages and tobacco (in domestic currencies), by country, 2012
          • The grocers sector
            • Figure 11: Europe: Grocers’ sector sales: estimated annual growth (in domestic currencies), 2013
            • Figure 12: Europe: Grocers’ sector sales (excl. VAT), 2013
          • The top grocers
              • Figure 13: Europe’s leading grocers: net revenues and year-on-year growth in revenues, 2012
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Grocers
              • Clothing retailing
                • Mixed goods retailing
                  • Multi-sector retailing
                    • DIY retailing
                      • Electrical retailing
                        • Health and beauty retailing
                          • Home shopping
                          • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                            • Co-ops
                              • UK: Co-operative group fears dividend changes could hit supermarkets
                                • Grocers
                                  • Belgium: Carrefour opens drive-in supermarket in Belgium
                                    • Finland: Lidl to invest in Finland
                                      • France: E.Leclerc sued over supplier relations
                                        • Germany: Rewe
                                          • …in trouble over loyalty scheme
                                            • …to revamp German operations
                                              • …rolls out electronic shelf labels
                                                • Ireland: Iceland Foods returns to company-owned stores in Ireland
                                                  • Ireland: Tesco loses market share in Ireland
                                                    • Netherlands: Ahold report fall in income
                                                      • Russian Federation: Dixy sees revenue rise
                                                        • UK: Aldi releases budget tablet
                                                          • UK: Asda
                                                            • …pilots new structure
                                                              • …releases Q3 update
                                                                • …to invest in price cutting measures
                                                                  • …to offer click-and-collect at tube stations
                                                                    • UK: Booths sees profits slide
                                                                      • UK: Grocery share figures divided
                                                                        • UK: Lidl eyes rapid expansion
                                                                          • UK: Morrisons opens lab store in Preston
                                                                            • UK: Sainsbury’s half-year profits up
                                                                              • UK: Supermarkets expanding ahead of shopping centres
                                                                                • UK: Tesco
                                                                                  • …trials electronic shelf edge pricing
                                                                                    • …accused of squeezing suppliers
                                                                                      • …acquires Lazada
                                                                                        • …carries rubbish in its food trucks
                                                                                          • …increases number of third-party sellers
                                                                                            • …to suffer continuing losses, according to City analysts
                                                                                              • …witnesses third quarter sales decline
                                                                                                • …won’t squeeze suppliers
                                                                                                  • UK: Waitrose sees sales climb
                                                                                                    • Off-licences
                                                                                                      • UK: Majestic Wine sees profits climb
                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Non Food

                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                          • Europe: George at Asda opens second Malta store
                                                                                                            • Europe: H&M to expand its sports brand
                                                                                                              • Europe: OpCapita buys troubled European retailer NKD
                                                                                                                • Europe: Bonmarche
                                                                                                                  • …flotation imminent
                                                                                                                    • …lists on AIM
                                                                                                                      • UK: Arcadia
                                                                                                                        • …considers move into food retailing market
                                                                                                                          • …sales and profits edge up
                                                                                                                            • UK: Benetton plans three-year restructuring programme
                                                                                                                              • UK: Burberry has record £1bn sales
                                                                                                                                • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill to create over 1,100 new jobs
                                                                                                                                  • UK: French Connection posts rise in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Hackett eyes US expansion
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hugo Boss lowers 2015 profit target
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Karen Millen profits decline
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Little White Lies opens Topshop concession
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Matalan sees womenswear ‘back on track’
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mulberry first-half profits fall
                                                                                                                                                • UK: New Look records rising profits
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Peacocks considers RBS complaint
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Primark to increase selling space by 1 million sq. ft
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ted Baker Sales leap
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Tie Rack to close by the end of 2013
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: TK Maxx
                                                                                                                                                            • …accused of misleading customers
                                                                                                                                                              • …to expand operations following strong performance
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Warehouse to open London flagship
                                                                                                                                                                  • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Schuh to open European new distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Barratts shoes
                                                                                                                                                                        • …enters administration
                                                                                                                                                                          • …rescue hopes fade
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Clarks launches modernised store
                                                                                                                                                                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Metro considers listing Russian cash & carry unit
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …and Jane Asher in bakeware tie-up
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …seeks float in early 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundstretcher to focus on retail parks
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: M&S looks to launch six stores in Casino supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ireland: Marks & Spencer workers in Ireland to strike
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Argos opens first digital concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …announces charity partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …general merchandise sales reported to fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams restructures ahead of overseas growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: House of Fraser appoints Rothschild as flotation advisor
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches food outlets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …records sales boost following Black Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to open in Westfield London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …has sales over £100m for the second week running
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Max Bahr to enter liquidation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Kingfisher reports rise in Q3 profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reveal new brand strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees increase in market share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Fnac and Apple create new TV ad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Italy: Dixons completes deal to merge UniEuro with Marco Polo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carphone Warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …plans licencing growth deals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sales and profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …plans global travel store expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to enter tablet war
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Maplin to launch trade fascia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Douglas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …investigating a sale of Hussel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sees revenues up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Blockbuster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …enters administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to shutter stores as no buyer found
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carpetright profits and sales fall in first-half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Bathstore returns to profit with new website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Former Feather & Black boss teams up with ex-Asos director to launch bed linen etailer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Cath Kidston eyes sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: West Elm preparing for UK debut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Kering looks to sell La Redoute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: L’Oréal to stop mail order activity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …breaks record on Cyber Monday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to open collection lockers in tube stations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …breaks weekly fashion record
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Asda Direct to offer live availability levels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Boohoo float likely to be higher than physical rivals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Cyber Monday to generate £605 million in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Debenhams opens eBay shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Morrisons online focuses on fresh food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: MyWardrobe.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees boss exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to focus on UK business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Network Rail click-and-collect shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Clintons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports profits under new ownership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …turnaround on track
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Golden goodbye for Kate Swann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: WHSmith like-for-likes fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …buys controlling interest in Tiso
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sees like-for-likes rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Signet posts fall in third-quarter UK like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Notcutts opens pop-up stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Tesco’s Dobbies sees profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mothercare profits back in black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …Autumn footfall worst of 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …November retail sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …shop price deflation slows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Business rates rise cap confirmed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Demand for retail property jumps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail sales figures remain steady

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