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European Retail Briefing - December 2014

This month ERB includes:

  • An analyst comment about the effects of sluggish inflation on food retail sales across Europe.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • A round up of Who is winning in European Retail, based on our recently published European Retail Rankings 2014. 
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Non-food will drive Europe’s retail growth this Christmas
      • Figure 1: Consumer prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages, EU-28 countries in total, annual % change, January 2013 – October 2014
      • Figure 2: Retail sales, EU-28 countries in total, annual % change, January 2013 – September 2014
      • Figure 3: Consumer confidence levels, EU-28 countries in total, January – November 2014
  2. European Retail Sales

    • Key points
      • Retail sales
        • Figure 4: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
        • Figure 5: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
      • Inflation
        • Figure 6: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
        • Figure 7: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
    • Headlines for the Month

      • Grocers
        • Clothing retailing
          • Multi-Sector retailing
            • Home shopping
              • Department stores
                • Home and DIY retailing
                  • Shopping locations
                    • Economy
                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                      • Co-ops
                        • UK: Co-operative Food
                          • …appoints Retail and Logistics Director
                            • …commits £1.5bn to UK Farmers
                              • …launches ‘Swipe and Win’
                                • …reveals survey results
                                  • UK: The Co-operative Group acquires seven stores
                                    • Convenience Stores
                                      • UK: Blakemore & Sons sales up 5%
                                        • UK: McColl’s new stores drive sales
                                          • UK: One Stop to franchise in Scotland
                                            • Grocers
                                              • Belgium: Colruyt revenues up 3.9%
                                                • Belgium: Delhaize trials mobile payment
                                                  • Bulgaria: Carrefour and Piccadilly merge in Bulgaria
                                                    • France: Auchan to sell 3D printed products
                                                      • France: Carrefour
                                                        • …appoints Gérard Lavinay as Chairman of Erteco
                                                          • …launches click-and-collect for Christmas
                                                            • …Dia acquisition approved
                                                              • Germany: Aldi
                                                                • …considers entry into China
                                                                  • …to expand Australian network
                                                                    • Germany: Rewe CEO fights against Edeka’s purchase of Kaiser’s
                                                                      • Netherlands: Ahold Q3 sales up 1.9%
                                                                        • Spain: Dia introduces gourmet range
                                                                          • Spain: Lidl sells Deluxe range online
                                                                            • UK: Aldi
                                                                              • …Matthew Barnes becomes chief executive
                                                                                • …to create 35,000 jobs in the UK
                                                                                  • …to launch restaurant pop-ups
                                                                                    • …to open Isle of Sheppey distribution centre
                                                                                      • UK: Asda like-for-likes down 1.6%
                                                                                        • UK: Grocery sales decline
                                                                                          • UK: Morrisons to close six convenience stores
                                                                                            • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                              • …app to speed up shopping
                                                                                                • …sales down 0.2%
                                                                                                  • …Tesco Price Promise appeal dismissed
                                                                                                    • …to cut back on store openings
                                                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                        • …announces Executive Committee changes
                                                                                                          • …issues further profit warning
                                                                                                            • …suspended directors to be dismissed
                                                                                                              • …to take control of its cafés
                                                                                                                • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                  • …installs lockers at Southampton Airport Parkway station
                                                                                                                    • …opens new concept store
                                                                                                                      • …to stock Anya Hindmarch-designed cereal boxes
                                                                                                                        • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                          • UK: Conviviality Retail posts revenues of £183m
                                                                                                                            • UK: Majestic Wine sales up 2.8%
                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Jumbo launches online
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                    • …to fill 1,000 jobs
                                                                                                                                      • …to open West London depot
                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Non-Food

                                                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                          • Ireland: Inditex to open more Irish stores
                                                                                                                                            • Netherlands: Mexx declared bankrupt
                                                                                                                                              • Spain: Mango updates apps with scan-and-shop
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Arcadia profits down 5.9%
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Austin Reed to appoint Deloitte
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Blue Inc raises £4m in funding
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bonmarché profits up 68.1%
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Boohoo launches sportswear range
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Burberry profits hit by adverse exchange rates
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: David Beckham to launch clothing brand
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill profits up 26%
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: French Connection like-for-likes down 5.7%
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Jaeger narrows losses as sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JD Sports sells Bank
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mothercare UK like-for-likes up 1.5%
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mulberry hires new fashion director
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: New fashion chain to launch in 2015
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: New Look first half profits up 10.6%
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Oasis
                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces Bessie the Bus
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches 24/7 online booking for in-store styling service
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ted Baker revenues grow 15.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: White Stuff opens new flagship Emporium
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Yours Clothing to expand into Scotland and Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Footwear and jewellery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Kurt Geiger sales up 13%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Signet revenues up 52.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Multi-Sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: Hema losses widen
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches swipe-to-like app
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …releases Christmas list app
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to open first London Underground store
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: B&M
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …in talks to acquire Homebase stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …revenues up 29.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: BrightHouse sales up 3.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …opens new distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …profits up 34.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The Original Factory Shop sees profits fall by £6m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Range posts 23% sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Belgium: Galeria Inno opens new store in Belgium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Karstadt to cut 3,000 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Fortnum & Mason more than doubles its profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Harvey Nichols to open in Qatar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …appoints acting group finance director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …finance officer leaves for M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …has biggest ever sales week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home and DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Austria: Obi mulls bauMax takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Netherlands: Bauhaus to open first Dutch store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: AO World revenues up 25.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Cath Kidston steps down as creative director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kingfisher retail profits down 6.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Topps Tiles posts sales growth of 9.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Darty announces new finance director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: BCC to take over HiM Retail stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: GAME Q1 revenues up 17%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Phones 4U owes £78m in tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Vodafone eyeing Blinkbox acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WH Smith like-for-like sales fall 1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: DFS signs up for Team GB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Harvey Jones to launch first TV campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ikea invests more in staff loyalty programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ScS Upholstery could return to the stock market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Gap and Zalando announces partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Q3 sales up 24.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to be listed on the SDAX
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: Amazon launches in the Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …predicting a record number of Black Friday shoppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to deliver to post offices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ASOS sales up 12%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Farfetch launches click-and-collect from boutiques
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Findel sales edge up in the first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Grazia magazine launches e-commerce site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hermes distribution centre fire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: House of Fraser launches breakfast delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jacques Vert replatforms e-commerce site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Karen Millen launches virtual store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Net-a-Porter owner considering IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …bets big on Black Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …says Black Friday was the biggest day in its trading history
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Netherlands: Halfords NL to permanently close
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Evans Cycles could be sold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mountain Warehouse profits up 65%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …defends its use of zero-hour contracts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to open 200 budget gyms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Vision Express acquires Conlons Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pet goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Pets at Home grows revenues by 10.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Card retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Card Factory growth driven by new store openings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Spain: McArthurGlen announce new designer outlet in Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hammerson records 17% footfall increase on Black Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: France to relax Sunday shop laws
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Retail sales up 3.4% in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop prices fall 1.9% in November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Station retail sales rise 6.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: UK retail sales flat in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: UK retail sales grew 0.9% in November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Who’s Winning in European Retail?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 2013, 2014 and 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The European retail ranking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 8: Europe’s leading retailers, top 10 rankings, 2011/12-2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Concentration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 9: Europe: Total sales of leading retailers, 2011/12-2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 10: Europe: leading retailers’ share of all European retailers’ sales, 2011/12-2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Grocery retailers: Aldi and Lidl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Online pureplays: Amazon and Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Clothing specialists: Primark and Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Special mentions: Carrefour and Rewe Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • While others struggle: Tesco and C&A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What it means

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              European Retail Briefing - December 2014

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