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European Retail Briefing - February 2009

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Spanish retail giant El Corte Inglés needs to regain momentum
      • An average performer
        • Signs of complacency
          • Driving footfall
            • And giving consumers more reasons to come back
            • Headlines of the Month

                • Food retailers
                  • Non-food retailers
                  • Retail Sales Review

                      • France
                        • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, Dec 2007-Nov 2008
                      • Inflation
                        • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2008
                      • Germany
                        • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, Dec 2007-Dec 2008
                      • Inflation
                        • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2007-08
                      • Italy
                        • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, Nov 2007-Nov 2008
                      • Inflation
                        • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2008
                      • Netherlands
                        • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, Dec 2007-Dec 2008
                      • Inflation
                        • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2008/09
                      • Spain
                        • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, Dec 2007-Dec 2008
                      • Inflation
                        • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2008
                      • UK
                        • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, Dec 2007-Dec 2008
                      • Inflation
                        • Figure 12: UK: Retail Price Index for selected product groups, Dec 2007-Dec 2008
                    • Sector Focus – European Retail Rankings

                      • Concentration
                        • Figure 13: Europe: Sales of leading retailers, 2003-07
                        • Figure 14: Leading retailers’ share of all European retailers sales, 2003-07
                      • Economic concerns
                        • 2009 and the retailers
                          • Figure 15: Europe: Top 25 retailers, 2007/08
                      • The Month in Retailing

                        • Grocers
                          • Austria: Rewe Austria boasts 12% sales growth in 2008
                            • Belgium: Colruyt reports 11.3% sales growth in Q3
                              • Belgium: Delhaize posts 15.8% sales increase
                                • France: Carrefour
                                  • … reports FY results
                                    • … enters Morocco
                                      • France: Casino launches convenience format
                                        • France: Intermarché reports 6.4% sales boost
                                          • Germany: Aldi sales jump 25% over 2008
                                            • Netherlands: Ahold reveals Q4 sales boost
                                              • Netherlands: Schuitema and Super de Boer ponder joint venture
                                                • Netherlands: Super de Boer reveals LFLs slowdown in Q4
                                                  • Russian Federation: X5 sales keep growing in Q4
                                                    • Sweden: Axfood
                                                      • … reports 5% rise in FY LFLs
                                                        • … sees FY sales rise 8.5%
                                                          • Sweden: ICA sees December sales jump 6.8%
                                                            • UK: Asda pledges to create 7,000 jobs
                                                              • UK: Iceland sales surge 16%
                                                                • UK: Morrisons
                                                                  • … enjoys market-beating Christmas sales
                                                                    • … wades into supermarket price war
                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                        • … sees LFLs rise 2.5%
                                                                          • UK: Waitrose to create more than 2,500 jobs
                                                                            • US: Fresh & Easy
                                                                              • … launches budget range
                                                                                • … boasts strong growth for budget range
                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                    • France: Etam reports Q4 sales boost
                                                                                      • Spain: Inditex signs Tata Group deal
                                                                                        • Spain: Mango reports 8% sales increase
                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M tops forecasts with 12.5% rise in FY profit
                                                                                            • UK: Adili sees festive sales rocket
                                                                                              • UK: Austin Reed announces Viyella deal
                                                                                                • UK: Burberry reports LFL drop
                                                                                                  • UK: Mosaic
                                                                                                    • … puts Shoe Studio up for sale
                                                                                                      • UK: New Look
                                                                                                        • … confirms Netherlands expansion
                                                                                                          • … posts FY loss
                                                                                                            • UK: Primark sales rise 18% in Q1
                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                • UK: Barratts and Priceless shoes slip into administration
                                                                                                                  • UK: Stylo assesses options after suspending shares
                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                      • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                        • … to withdraw from India
                                                                                                                          • UK: Home Retail Group acquires Chad Valley
                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare meets expectations in Q3
                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundland reports strong Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                • UK: The White Company sees FY sales soar
                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Baugur
                                                                                                                                      • … files for bankruptcy protection
                                                                                                                                        • … chief slams Landsbanki
                                                                                                                                          • … assets eyed by investors
                                                                                                                                            • Finland: Kesko
                                                                                                                                              • … posts 1% December sales rise
                                                                                                                                                • … suffers 62% Q4 profit slump
                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Arcandor cautiously optimistic after sales increase in Q1
                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: METRO Group
                                                                                                                                                      • … FY sales rise 5.9%
                                                                                                                                                        • … announces restructuring plan
                                                                                                                                                          • Switzerland: Jelmoli posts 1.5% sales boost
                                                                                                                                                            • Switzerland: Migros posts 17% FY sales boost
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                • … reports 11% sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                  • … to merge with D&A
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: HMV group sales up 3%
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Home Retail group – poor results across the board
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: M&S chairman reiterates Chinese expansion despite errors
                                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Hertie to close 19 department stores
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams appoints Lazard to review capital structure
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Harrods chief executive leaves
                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Topps Tiles suffers sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Russian Federation: Eldorado
                                                                                                                                                                                          • … agrees PPF Group deal
                                                                                                                                                                                            • … Eldorado FY sales plummet
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Russian Federation: PPF
                                                                                                                                                                                                • … to resell Eldorado stake to Generali
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … completes Eldorado deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Russian Federation: M.Video
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … posts December sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … sales surge 41% in 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carphone Warehouse sees LFLs rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Kesa
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … sees sales slide 5.5% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … instructs suppliers to pay for shop floor displays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: DSGi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … reports 10% LFL drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … names new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … mulls rights issue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • US: Best Buy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … chief ponders acquisitions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … suffers drop in LFLs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Zavvi management makes offer for the company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Allied Carpets in talks with Hilco over sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright reveals further LFL decline in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sofa Workshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … slides into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … bought out by founder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Otto Group acquires 90% Na Dom stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Amazon posts Q4 profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Empire Direct falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Grattan unveils "streamlining plans"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: M and M Direct sees festive sales surge 31%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … posts 9% sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • US: Ebay sees Q4 sales slide 7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Celesio writes down €287m on foreign drug stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Schlecker sales rise 6% in 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WH Smith maintains margins despite 5% drop in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ireland: Sasha picked up by Lifestyle Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JJB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … posts loss after poor Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … to pay £8.3m for loan deferment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … chief suspended
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … to place lifestyle division in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Aurum calls in Ernst & Young to review business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Game Group sees FY profits ahead of expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Switzerland: Richemont suffers Q3 sales decrease
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Halfords suffers festive sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Economic news
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Eastern Europe: Baltic retail sales slide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Retail sales drop in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Retail sales decline in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ireland: Retail sales plunge in November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Norway: Retail sales creep up in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Spain: Retail sales dive in late-2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: ONS: December retail sales value worst on record
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • BRC: Retail sales suffer "worst December" ever
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • US: Retail sales plummet in December

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