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European Retail Briefing - February 2015

This month, ERB includes:

  • An analyst comment about how pureplays and store based retailers are performing in the Electrical retail sector in France.
  • 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 soon-to-be published Electrical Retailing - Europe, February 2015 report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

      • Amazon dominant
        • Figure 1: Buyers of electricals, online or in-store, January 2015
      • A little context
        • So what?
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
              • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
            • Inflation
              • Figure 4: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
              • Figure 5: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Convenience stores
              • Grocers
                • Clothing retailing
                  • Multi-sector retailing
                    • Electrical retailing
                      • Furniture and DIY retailing
                        • Home shopping
                        • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                          • Convenience stores
                            • Poland: Zabka reveals ambitious expansion plans
                              • Spain: Spar signs up new partner in Spain
                                • UK: Booker to expand its Family Shopper banner
                                  • UK: Conviviality Retail purchases all GT News stores
                                    • UK: McColl’s posts ‘resilient’ Christmas sales
                                      • UK: Scotmid reveals first ‘food to go’ outlet
                                        • UK: Spar UK sales up 5%
                                          • Grocers
                                            • Belgium: Delhaize grows revenues by 2.6%
                                              • Denmark: Netto reveals expansion plans for Denmark
                                                • Eastern Europe: Lenta sales climb 30.6%
                                                  • France: Carrefour full year sales reach €84bn
                                                    • France: E. Leclerc sales increase 1.4% in 2014
                                                      • France: Picard Surgelés to expand through franchising
                                                        • France: Système U sales edge up just 0.3%
                                                          • Germany: Metro AG Q1 sales fall 2.2%
                                                            • Hungary: Tesco to close 13 stores in Hungary
                                                              • Italy: Conad reports 1.5% increase in turnover
                                                                • Netherlands: Ahold increases turnover by 7.9%
                                                                  • Netherlands: Albert Heijn unveils new store concept
                                                                    • Netherlands: Makro closes Phone House concessions
                                                                      • Poland: Carrefour Poland to open 100 convenience stores
                                                                        • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins 2014 sales rise 7.2%
                                                                          • Spain: Dia expecting growth in 2015
                                                                            • Spain: Lidl to build Europe’s largest distribution centre
                                                                              • UK: Aldi to open 70 new stores in 2015
                                                                                • UK: Asda
                                                                                  • …chief announces changes to executive team
                                                                                    • …prepared to invest £170m in superstores
                                                                                      • ..teams up with Timpson Dry Cleaners
                                                                                        • UK: Budgens unveils new concept for smaller stores
                                                                                          • UK: Grocery market grows over Christmas
                                                                                            • UK: Lidl sales up 20% over Christmas
                                                                                              • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                • …CEO steps down as sales fall
                                                                                                  • …considers appointing David Potts
                                                                                                    • …like-for-likes fall 3.1% during the Christmas period
                                                                                                      • …to sell three stores for £100m
                                                                                                        • …to close salary-linked pension schemes
                                                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury’s to cut 500 jobs
                                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                              • …appoints two agencies
                                                                                                                • …CIO leaves for Target
                                                                                                                  • …close to Blinkbox Music sale
                                                                                                                    • …creates shopping app for Google Glass
                                                                                                                      • …facing investigation by Groceries Code Adjudicator
                                                                                                                        • …implements online community for suppliers
                                                                                                                          • …makes further senior personnel cuts
                                                                                                                            • …narrows down the search for chairman role
                                                                                                                              • …reveals the 43 stores facing closure
                                                                                                                                • …to close Blinkbox Books
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                                    • …announces 2015 expansion plans
                                                                                                                                      • …alters free hot drink deal
                                                                                                                                        • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Bargain Booze sales dip 0.4% in first half
                                                                                                                                            • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Greggs reports a ‘very strong Christmas’
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Naked Wines reports on a ‘bumper’ Christmas
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Thorntons reports strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis - Non-Food

                                                                                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Primark sales jump 15%
                                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: Macintosh Retail Group slows growth in Q4
                                                                                                                                                          • Netherlands: Mexx acquired by Eroglu Holding
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Austin Reed Group
                                                                                                                                                              • …to close 31 stores
                                                                                                                                                                • …CVA gains approval
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bank gains interest
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: BHS up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bonmarché sales up 6.1% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Burberry Q3 retail sales increase 15%
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jules B owners invest to make up for accounting errors
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Karen Millen’s losses double
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mamas & Papas widens losses
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Matalan Q3 sales down 7.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Mothercare UK like-for-likes edge up over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: New Look like-for-like sales fall 1.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Phase Eight bought for £238m
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Pretty Green sales climb by a third
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: SuperGroup sales rise 12.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The White Company sales jump 14.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: TM Lewin returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: White Stuff sees strong uplift at Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Footwear and accessories retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Kurt Geiger
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …enters children’s footwear market
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports Christmas boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jimmy Choo grows revenues by 12%
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Office receives official warning following customer data breach
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Radley increases turnover by 13%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shoe Zone sales drop 10.8% in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shoon put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Karstadt makes further cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Beales accepts offer from English Rose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams hosts Bestseller’s first UK concessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Harrods to stock smart running jackets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …closes Defined Benefit pension scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …makes changes to holiday pay policy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to open third distribution centre in Milton Keynes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley increases put option in Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Netherlands: Hema like-for-like sales down 3.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …like-for-like sales flat over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to exclusively stock Cherokee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to open digital shops in Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: B&M Q3 sales surge 28.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Marks and Spencer poaches Next’s head of menswear design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Original Factory Shop report record-breaking Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …posts revenue growth of 9.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to acquire 99p stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Media Markt continues to expand online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dixons Carphone report ‘strong’ Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dixons Carphone signs new partnership with EE and launches own mobile service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Rent-to-own retailers to be investigated by the FCA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Three owners in talks to buy O2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Game issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: HMV sales up 17.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture and DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Ikea sales grow 5.9% but profits remain flat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Hungary: Baumax to exit Hungary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hungary: Praktiker Hungary to be taken over by Papag AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carpetright like-for-like sales increase 7.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: DFS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …announces IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to target valuation of £1bn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ikea grows sales by 11.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Made.com opens digital showroom in Soho
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sofa.com sold for £50m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Amazon’s tax arrangements with Luxembourg to be scrutinised
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Cnova reports strong growth of 28.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: AO World Q3 revenues increase 38%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …founder sells £20m worth of shares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports positive Christmas growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: First beacon-enabled click-and-collect system launched
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: International appetite for UK brands increases
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …Christmas trading up 14.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports first annual pre-tax profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …teams up with Marie Claire for online beauty store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches first mobile app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …growth driven by Very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: AS Watson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …posts strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to acquire Dirx Drugstores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bestway to rebrand Co-operative Pharmacies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Blackwell's returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Card Factory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …eyes up Paperchase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …revenues up 8.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Foyles appoint new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Paperchase increases like-for-likes by 3.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: WH Smith sees high street sales fall 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Evans Cycles draws interest from Mike Ashley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Halfords report bumper Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: JD Sports like-for-likes jump 12%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct facing claim from zero-hour workers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Netherlands: GrandVision
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to launch on the stock market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …valued at €5bn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Pets at Home has a ‘robust’ quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Crime costs the retail industry £603m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: December retail sales decline 0.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Retail sales grow 2.5% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shop prices fell 1.3% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: UK retail sales edge up 0.2% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • In pursuit of convenience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon Prime offers more and gains members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • International underperforms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Room for expansion in Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Growth slows in Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 6: Amazon.com Inc: Group financial performance, 2009-14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sales mix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 7: Amazon Europe: Estimated composition of sales, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Retail offering

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