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European Retail Briefing - February 2013

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  1. Analyst Comment

    • A lean European Christmas
      • Retail sales at Christmas 2012
        • Figure 1: Europe: Year-on-year, real-terms change in all retail sales, November and December 2012
        • Figure 2: Greece: Index of retail sales, real terms, Jan 2007-Nov 2012
      • Consumer confidence improves a little
        • Figure 3: Europe: Consumer confidence levels, November and December 2012
      • Confidence versus retail sales
        • Figure 4: Europe: Real-terms, year-on-year retail sales growth versus consumer confidence levels, three-months averages*, Oct-Dec 2012
      • Major retailers
        • Figure 5: Europe: Major retailers’ year-on-year sales growth, Christmas 2012
    • Retail Sales Review

      • Key points
        • France
          • Figure 6: France: Retail sales, 2011-12
        • Inflation
          • Figure 7: France: Inflation, 2012-13
        • Germany
          • Figure 8: Germany: Retail Sales trends, 2011-12
        • Inflation
          • Figure 9: Germany: Inflation, 2012-13
        • Italy
          • Figure 10: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
        • Inflation
          • Figure 11: Italy: Inflation, 2012-13
        • Netherlands
          • Figure 12: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2012
        • Inflation
          • Figure 13: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2012-13
        • Spain
          • Figure 14: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2012
        • Inflation
          • Figure 15: Spain: Inflation 2012-13
        • UK
          • Figure 16: UK: Retail sales trends, 2012-13
        • Inflation
          • Figure 17: UK: Inflation, 2012-13
      • Headlines for the Month

        • Grocers
          • Clothing retailing
            • DIY retailing
              • Electrical retailing
                • Music and video goods retailing
                  • Furniture retailing
                    • Home shopping
                      • Economy
                      • News Analysis

                        • Co-ops
                          • UK: Co-operative Group
                            • …launches new charity fundraising initiative
                              • …reports strong Christmas trading performance
                                • UK: Midlands Co-op
                                  • …to shut Fashion and Home stores
                                    • …posts positive Christmas trading results
                                      • Convenience stores
                                        • UK: Nisa Retail appoints new chairman and board members
                                          • UK: Waitrose appoints new convenience director
                                            • Grocers
                                              • Austria: Lidl revamps Austrian distribution centre
                                                • Belgium: Colruyt reports strong results for first nine months
                                                  • Belgium: Delhaize posts revenue growth in fourth quarter
                                                    • France: Auchan launches new fascia
                                                      • France: Carrefour reports improved sales in France
                                                        • France: Monoprix to increase store count
                                                          • France: Norma plans disposal of 38 of its stores in France
                                                            • Germany: Edeka to open €130m distribution depot
                                                              • Germany: Metro
                                                                • …expected to withdraw Media Markt from China
                                                                  • …reports marginal growth
                                                                    • …to raise stake in Media-Saturn
                                                                      • Netherlands: SPAR to expand into Middle East
                                                                        • Russian Federation: Magnit reports strong full-year performance
                                                                          • Slovenia: Mercator sees full-year profits slide
                                                                            • UK: Asda
                                                                              • …relaunches dedicated flower website
                                                                                • …McKenna handed international role
                                                                                  • UK: Booths revamps its wine offer
                                                                                    • UK: Fortnum & Mason posts profit decline
                                                                                      • UK: Lidl announces UK expansion plans
                                                                                        • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                          • …acquires formers Jessops stores
                                                                                            • …begins another round of price negotiations
                                                                                              • …boss vows to get back on track
                                                                                                • …creates in-house digital agency, M Digital
                                                                                                  • …partners with Lakeland to launch kitchenware website
                                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s partners with Channel 4 for daily cooking show
                                                                                                      • UK: Spar introduces in-store Amazon collection lockers
                                                                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                          • …hires managing director for London stores
                                                                                                            • …increases its 'dark store' portfolio
                                                                                                              • …launches baby brand
                                                                                                                • …to create 700 new jobs at dotcom store
                                                                                                                  • …reports like-for-likes up 1.8%
                                                                                                                    • …to open first in-store Harris + Hoole coffee shop
                                                                                                                      • UK: Waitrose to restructure head office retail services division
                                                                                                                        • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                          • UK: Thorntons rise in Christmas sales
                                                                                                                            • UK: Hotel Chocolat
                                                                                                                              • …appoints its first international director
                                                                                                                                • …reports boost in sales and profit
                                                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Burberry like-for-likes up 6% in third quarter
                                                                                                                                      • France: LVMH delivers “remarkable” year
                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Hugo Boss reports results at top end of expectations
                                                                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                                                                            • …reports decline in December like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                              • …posts fourth-quarter results
                                                                                                                                                • UK: All Saints loses four members of executive team
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: American Apparel achieves 38% rise in online sales with new web platform
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Aquascutum ex-chief executive to launch new label
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Asda relaunches dedicated flower website
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Burberry appoints news chief operating officer
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Evans launches sub-brand for younger consumers
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fat Face appoints new chairman
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: French Connection records 2.9% drop in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hobbs posts 16.4% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hoi Polloi collapses into administration
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Matalan
                                                                                                                                                                      • …loses two senior directors
                                                                                                                                                                        • …sees Christmas sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Moss Bros to exceed profit expectations
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                                              • …looks to appoint refinancers
                                                                                                                                                                                • …restructures its online buying team
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Peacocks appoints new managing director
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Primark records 25% sales surge in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Radley
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …earnings drop by £5 million in 2011/12
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Republic
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …chairman departs as restructurer is appointed
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …considers store closures
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Store Twenty One asks for rent relief
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts 10.6% rise in Christmas like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to update online offering with click-and-collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: TK Maxx to open new Surrey store
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Uniqlo halves UK losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Urban Outfitters to open new Oxford Street store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Victoria’s Secret opens stand-alone store at Stansted Airport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Whistles enjoys strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: White Stuff sees sales soar over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: LK Bennett sees sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Retail Group raises profit forecast after strong performance from Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Laura Ashley to launch menswear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …loses market share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …makes £8.5m loss in Paris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches digital lab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …releases trading statement early
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Allders faces probe into money owed to outlets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Beales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …in debt negotiations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts dismal year end trading figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams to revamp Oxford Street flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …appoints new online director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sees sales soar 20.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sees strong conclusion to Christmas Sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Original Factory Shop in potential sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ireland: B&Q Ireland calls in examiner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Kingfisher reshuffles management team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Theo Paphitis retail group enjoys strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Bang and Olufsen to close 125 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Carphone Warehouse reports 16% boost in Q3 like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …appoints new non-executive director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts strong third quarter results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jessops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …cut 77 more jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to be run as online-only retailer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Blockbuster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …enters administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …receives attention from restructuring firm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to close 129 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …administrator Deloitte sets a deadline for prospective buyers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …calls in administrators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …could potentially be saved by Hilco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …cuts 190 jobs at head office and distribution network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …has debt acquired by restructuring firm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees rise in footfall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …stores eyed by Game group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to accept gift vouchers again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to axe 66 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to close up to 100 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Carpetright sees increase in UK like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sweden: Ikea posts record profit for 2011/12 financial year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: CSL reports record pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Conran Shop enjoys strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dreams posts 7.2% rise in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ikea posts post-Christmas Sales results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Made.com launches in France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Oak Furniture Land reports record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Cath Kidston records 24% rise in total sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Lakeland continues UK expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …expected to reveal extensive cash reserves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …posts record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Asos reports 41% increase in December sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Findel Group post 10.2% increase in Q3 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …poaches Original Factory Shop boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports 7.9% rise in like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …names former M&S executive as its new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …narrows losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Play.com closes direct retail business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop Direct reports 5% growth in Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Hut Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …acquires Probikekit.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …in talks to acquire Cloggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Very partners with Glamour for new collections
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Worldstores partners with Wonga
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Fragrance Shop records 4% jump in Christmas like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Perfume Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …appoints new brand and marketing manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports 2.4% rise in like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Waterstones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …creates new retail director role
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sees pre-tax losses widen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: WHSmith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …opens first Zoodle store in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …records 5% drop in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …acquires Gio Goi brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …loses head of JD Pro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mountain Warehouse benefits from bad weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sports Direct consider acquisition of Gio Goi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Switzerland: Swatch targets 10% growth with improved US and China markets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Theo Fennell issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Halfords reports flat like-for-likes over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mamas & Papas cuts pre-tax losses to £1.2 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mothercare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …posts decline in group sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …UK managing director steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping centres and property
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: McArthurGlen reports strong Christmas trading period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: BRC:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …footfall down 1.2% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …increase in business rates could prevent new jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …like-for-like retail sales up 1.9% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …retail searches on tablets up 238%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …retailers to axe jobs ahead of retail rates hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …shop price inflation falls to lowest level since November 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: ONS: UK retail sales disappoint in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Beauty Retailing in Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • A. S. Watson (Europe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health & beauty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Luxury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 18: A. S. Watson: European health and beauty operations, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 19: A. S. Watson (Europe): Group financial performance, 2009-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 20: A. S. Watson (Europe): Sales by division, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 21: A. S. Watson (Europe): Turnover by chain (part estimated), 2009-11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 22: A. S. Watson (Europe): Sales breakdown by chain, 2011 (part estimated)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 23: A. S. Watson (Europe): Outlet data, 2009-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 24: A. S. Watson (Europe): Stores by division, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 25: A. S. Watson (Europe): Outlet data by country (part estimated), 2009-11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 26: A. S. Watson (Europe): Store numbers by chain, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Retail offering – main businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Superdrug
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Perfume Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Savers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Kruidvat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Trekpleister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Prijsmepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marionnaud
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • ICI Paris XL

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