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European Retail Briefing - December 2017

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on Steinhoff and recent developments
  • An overview of the latest European Retail sales
  • Highlights of the latest Retail trend observations across Europe.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Steinhoff – What has been happening?
      • What about the assets?
        • Figure 1: Steinhoff sales by product and by region, 2015/16
      • Household goods – Furniture retailing
          • Figure 2: Steinhoff: furniture sales in Europe 2016/17
        • General merchandise
          • Synergies
            • Where next?
            • European Retail Sales

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                    • Figure 3: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2016-17
                    • Figure 4: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2016-17
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 5: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2016-17
                    • Figure 6: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2016-17
                • Innovation and Launch Activity

                  • International: Amazon launches own-brand furniture
                    • France: Carrefour launches optician chain
                      • Belgium: Ahold Delhaize announces plans to reduce food waste
                        • Germany: Zalando adds Adidas shoe personalisation tool
                          • Ireland: Tesco launches ‘Ugly’ vegetable range
                            • France: Franprix to sell Waitrose products
                            • Headlines for the Month

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

                                                • Co-ops
                                                  • UK: Co-op
                                                    • …and Iceland back bottle deposit return scheme
                                                      • …strikes deal with Costcutter
                                                        • …East of England Co-op sells food after ‘best before’ date
                                                          • …Nisa members approve takeover by Co-op
                                                            • Convenience stores
                                                              • UK: McColl’s achieves revenues of £1bn
                                                                • UK: Nisa to supply McColls after P&H collapse
                                                                  • UK: Palmer & Harvey goes into administration
                                                                    • Grocers
                                                                      • Austria: Spar Austria launches charcoal-covered toothbrushes
                                                                        • Belgium: Ahold Delhaize announces plans to reduce food waste
                                                                          • Belgium: Carrefour Belgium launches campaign to avoid plastic
                                                                            • France: Carrefour
                                                                              • …transformation plan announcement delayed
                                                                                • …and Fnac Darty discuss purchasing alliance
                                                                                  • France: Franprix to sell Waitrose products
                                                                                    • Germany: Aldi Süd trials electric and gas powered trucks
                                                                                      • Germany: Edeka brings same-day delivery to Munich
                                                                                        • Ireland: Aldi launches Christmas jumpers for dogs
                                                                                          • Ireland: Tesco Ireland
                                                                                            • …to donate surplus food on Christmas Eve
                                                                                              • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize creates US subsidiary
                                                                                                • Netherlands: Jumbo to enter Belgium
                                                                                                  • Spain: DIA to introduce Amazon Lockers instore
                                                                                                    • Sweden: Coop Sweden launches voice-controlled shopping list
                                                                                                      • Sweden: ICA reports 2.6% sales increase
                                                                                                        • Switzerland: Coop Switzerland
                                                                                                          • …introduces organic coffee capsules
                                                                                                            • …releases energy bars made from insects
                                                                                                              • UK: Asda
                                                                                                                • …800 staff face pay cut or redundancy
                                                                                                                  • …reports 1.1% rise in sales for third quarter
                                                                                                                    • …rolls out vegan mince pies
                                                                                                                      • UK: Booths to be sold following ‘tough trading’
                                                                                                                        • UK: Morrisons store in Leeds opens bar for shoppers
                                                                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                                            • …trials Pizza delivery service
                                                                                                                              • …enters partnership with Zizzi
                                                                                                                                • …launches instore coffee bar
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                                    • …£3.7 billion Booker takeover deal given provisional approval
                                                                                                                                      • …expands vegetarian and vegan Christmas offers
                                                                                                                                        • …launches pet-friendly ‘Pawsecco’
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                                            • …expands click-and-collect service
                                                                                                                                              • …launches brussels sprouts wreath
                                                                                                                                                • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Majestic Wine H1 revenue up 5.7%
                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                                                                    • Denmark: Bestseller Group turnover rises 3%
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Aquascutum reports decline in sales and profits
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Bonmarche posts rise in revenue and profit
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Canada Goose opens London flagship store
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group profits fall 5.9%
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Foschini reportedly eyeing Jigsaw takeover
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mulberry retail sales up 2% for H1
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Next
                                                                                                                                                                    • …participates in Black Friday for first time
                                                                                                                                                                      • …to open shops in Tesco stores
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Quiz posts strong growth in H1 results
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sales up at Ted Baker, despite ‘challenging conditions’ on the high street
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Vivienne Westwood annual profits plummet
                                                                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shoon goes into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Westfield Croydon shopping centre given go-ahead
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Designer outlet centre confirmed for West Midlands
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Hammerson and Intu to merge in a £3.4 billion deal
                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ireland: Dealz to introduce Pep&Co clothing outlets instore
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Argos starts Black Friday three hours early
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: B&M revenues up 21.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mountain Warehouse founder launches new retail concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Poundland to start selling mattresses
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundstretcher turnover falls 7.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Multi-sector

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Finland: Kesko and Oriola-KD to launch health, beauty, and wellness store
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Hema reveals German expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mothercare losses increases despite rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Fortnum & Mason sales grow 14%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Harrods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …CFO resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to undergo major revamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: John Lewis experiences strong Black Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Romania: Kingfisher acquires Praktiker Romania
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Homebase to phase out bee-harming pesticides
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Kingfisher like-for-like sales down 0.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Topps Tiles profits fall 15.0%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: Carrefour and Fnac Darty discuss purchasing alliance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BrightHouse reaches £220 million restructuring deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dixons Carphone starts longest Black Friday sale yet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: GAME
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to trial THREE instore concessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …digital sales fall 2.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to sell Multiplay Digital for £19 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Maplin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …partners with tech repair specialist iSmash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales up 0.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Netherlands: IKEA opens ‘Gift Shop’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: DFS and Sofology merger given go-ahead by CMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Feather & Black goes into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Furniture Village profits fall 31%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: IKEA sales increase by 5.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Multiyork goes into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: SCS has positive first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Online Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Ocado secures deal with Groupe Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Zalando opens curated shopping service pop-up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …introduces Amazon Prime Villages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …meal kits to hit UK shelves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: AO revenues rise 13.3% in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ASOS expands same-day delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: eve Sleep revenues rise 130%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Farfetch revenues grow but losses increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mamas & Papas introduces new online store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: MMUK to open first men’s makeup store in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Moonpig appoints Peter Donlon as CTO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Plans for buses to be used to make deliveries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: UPS to use power-assisted bike trailer for last-mile deliveries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Other Retail Sectors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Italy: DM-Drogerie Markt reopens in Italy after 10 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Spain: DIA to introduce Amazon Lockers instore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Spain: Douglas becomes largest beauty retailer in Spanish market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Hotel Chocolat to create beauty line
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JML launches cosmetics range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Card Factory sales up 6.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ellesse opens first store in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Go Outdoors sales rise 5.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mountain Warehouse profits up by 18%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Patagonia to re-enter the UK high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Entertainer launches joint entry into Malta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Toys R Us prepares to close 25 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pets and pet products retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Pets at Home profits decline by 11.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Poland: Sunday shopping to be banned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Black Friday analyst comment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …footfall down to lowest level since 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …retail sales up 1.5% in November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …shop price deflation at four year low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales suffer volume decline, but rise in value according to ONS

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