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European Retail Briefing - February 2014

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

In this report we include:

  • An analyst comment looking at the German shoppers' enthusiasm for pureplay shopping.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies.
  • A profile of Amazon Europe. This is taken from our recently published Electrical Retailing - Europe report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • German shoppers’ enthusiasm for pureplays
      • German demand for pureplay shopping
        • What’s driving Germans to online-only retailers?
          • Amazon popular in Germany
            • Figure 1: Germany: The consumer: Proportion of respondents buying from Amazon in the last 12 months, August 2013 and January 2014
            • Figure 2: UK: The consumer: Proportion of respondents buying from Amazon in the last 12 months, November 2013 and July 2013
          • Other online-only retailers fulfil demand
            • What it means
            • European Retail Sales

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                  • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2012-13
                  • Figure 4: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2012-13
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 5: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013
                  • Figure 6: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013
              • Headlines for the Month

                • Grocers
                  • Mixed goods retailing
                    • Multi-sector retailing
                      • Department stores
                        • Electrical retailing
                          • Home shopping
                            • Economy
                            • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                              • Bakers
                                • UK: Greggs cuts staff after sales growth
                                  • Co-ops
                                    • UK: Co-op
                                      • …begins flash sale of food essentials
                                        • …launches 2014 saving stamps campaign
                                          • Convenience stores
                                            • UK: McColl’s
                                              • …reports strong Christmas sales
                                                • …flotation confirmed
                                                  • UK: One Stop completes refurbishment of Alfred Jones
                                                    • Grocers
                                                      • Belgium: Delhaize Group posts solid preliminary results
                                                        • Belgium: Colruyt share price drops to seven-month low
                                                          • Europe: Carrefour posts Q4 and FY results
                                                            • Europe: Cora sees sales increase
                                                              • Europe: Eroski announces plans for 100 new stores
                                                                • France: Auchan’s
                                                                  • …eastern expansion cleared by authorities
                                                                    • …to reorganise following poor performance
                                                                      • Germany: Coca-Cola products removed from German Lidl stores
                                                                        • Germany: Lidl to re-stock Coca-Cola from March 2014
                                                                          • Netherlands: Sligro profits fall
                                                                            • Russian Federation: Lenta planning an IPO on London Stock Exchange
                                                                              • Russian Federation: Magnit and O’Key report strong results
                                                                                • UK: Asda
                                                                                  • …accused of raising prices before January rollback
                                                                                    • …believed to be lining up bid for Early Learning Centre
                                                                                      • …to push George brand into homewares
                                                                                        • UK: Fortnum & Mason reports strong festive sales
                                                                                          • UK: Lidl
                                                                                            • …looking for new, larger UK headquarters
                                                                                              • …trialling self-checkouts in the UK
                                                                                                • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                  • …online executive quits after weeks in the role
                                                                                                    • …treasurer arrested for insider deal
                                                                                                      • UK: Sainsbury’s announces departure of CEO
                                                                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                          • …and Waitrose to open tube station collection points
                                                                                                            • …reportedly sizes up bid for Mothercare
                                                                                                              • Specialist food retailers
                                                                                                                • UK: Thorntons posts Q2 sales rise
                                                                                                                  • UK: Hotel Chocolat revives stake sale process
                                                                                                                    • Off-licences
                                                                                                                      • UK: Conviviality Retail first half like-for-likes up
                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                          • Europe: French Connection Group releases trading update
                                                                                                                            • France: Kiabi grows ahead of the market
                                                                                                                              • UK: Blue Inc
                                                                                                                                • …Christmas sales rise
                                                                                                                                  • …considering flotation on stock market
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Bonmarche posts positive like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                                        • …appoints BSkyB CEO as non-executive director
                                                                                                                                          • …Christmas sales driven by online
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fat Face
                                                                                                                                              • …positive after Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                • …preparing for stock market flotation
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: H&M produces flat revenues
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jaeger reports Christmas sales jump
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Karen Millen like-for-likes rise over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Laura Ashley pays shareholder dividend
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Matalan sales up as EBITDA falls
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Monsoon Accessorize posts pre-tax profit for 2013
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Moss Bros set to beat profit forecast
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Primark Christmas sales up 12%
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Reiss produces turnaround Christmas figures
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: SuperGroup announces sales are on “on track”
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topshopto launch stores in New York
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: White Stuff enjoys successful Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                          • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shoe Zone claims value retailers can profit online
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Electra to buy shoe chain Hotter
                                                                                                                                                                                • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Spain: Poundland set to open 10 stores in Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: KPMG resigned as Poundworld auditor due to "misleading" results
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Poundworld to partner etailer Poundshop.com
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Metro Group Q1 sales edge up
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Metro plans partial IPO of Russian business
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Real plans to cut store numbers
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to encourage app downloads with in-store NFC
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …and Homebase put pressure on suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …releases Interim Management Statement
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reportedly to name Walden as new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …hires Inditex employees to boost overseas trade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …prepares for Australian launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Karstadt expected to make a loss in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …pushing for listing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to roll out queue-beating technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sees strong Christmas and New Year sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to sponsor Commonwealth Games
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …bans angora wool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports strong weekly sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sees full year sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Selfridges Christmas sales soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: B&Q hires former Matalan boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Topps Tiles opens boutique store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Europe: Carphone Warehouse to operate Samsung stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Darty announces improved performance in third quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BC considers potential float of Phones4U
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carphone Warehouse like-for-likes climb over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons reports on “lively” Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sees like-for-likes rocket at Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …enter courtroom battle with UK’s largest landlord consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: HMV closes Oxford Street flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: United Carpets and Floors 2 Go change prices after OFT probe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: DFS and B&M advance flotation plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Endless plots sale of Bathstore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …announces sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: eBay Germany sees strong sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Able & Cole sees sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Amazon to deliver on Sundays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ao.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …announces flotation plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …seeks £1.2bn IPO valuation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Asos sees Christmas sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Findel to deliver “strong profit growth”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: MandM Direct experiences late sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare signs up to eBay partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: My-Wardrobe hires new recruits as part of turnaround programme.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: N Brown sees revenues rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …post pre-tax loss for 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales rise over the fourth-quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sales growth slows for Amazon UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shop Direct posts Christmas sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Superdrug
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …considers UK headquarters to support London IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees rise in like-for-likes over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Perfume Shop announces strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Foyles like-for-likes edge up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Waterstones reduces full-year losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WHSmith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …extends contract with distribution company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …like-for-likes down but profit solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Adidas to open digital store in Bluewater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …records improvement in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to launch value chain Open
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …acquires stake in Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …and Debenhams meet to explore option
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …stake in Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: L-Gam acquires Jardiland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mothercare in talks to sell Early Learning Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Albemarle & Bond calls off sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Alfred Dunhill owner forced to inject cash into business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Halfords sales up 7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: German retail sales dip by 2.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales monitor shows "respectable" Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …key export markets show huge growth in UK retailer searches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …UK retailers cut prices for ninth consecutive month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: ONS confirms strong retail growth in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop vacancies at lowest level for four years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The City gives green light to retailer IPO’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical Goods Retailing – Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 7: The consumer: Percentage of respondents having bought electrical goods from Amazon in the past 12 months, November 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 8: Amazon Europe: Group sales performance, excl. sales tax, 2008-13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 9: Number of products listed on Amazon.co.uk, by category, December 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 10: Amazon.co.uk: Product mix, by number of SKUs, December 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Companies Covered

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