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European Retail Briefing - February 2017

This month ERB includes:

  • Analyst comment on subscription beauty retailer Birchbox's plans to open a physical store in Paris.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • A profile of AS Watson. This is taken from our recently published Beauty Retailing - Europe, November 2016 report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Online beauty retailer to open bricks and mortar store in Paris
      • Stores and online are complementary
        • What can stores do?
          • What can online retailers do?
            • France is a key beauty market
              • Figure 1: France: attitudes to shopping for beauty products, by age, November 2016
            • Stores can offer subscription box companies new revenue streams
            • Retail Sales

              • Key points
                • The UK is the only country to have reported figures for January 2017
                  • France and Italy are yet to report numbers for December.
                    • Figure 2: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2014-16
                    • Figure 3: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2014-16
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 4: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2015-16
                    • Figure 5: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2015-16
                • Headlines for the Month

                  • Grocers
                    • Clothing retailers
                      • Electrical retailing
                        • Home shopping
                          • Health and beauty retailing
                          • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                            • Convenience stores
                              • UK: Spar warns of slowdown in the convenience sector
                                • Grocers
                                  • France: Auchan hypermarket sales fall marginally in 2016
                                    • France: Carrefour reports 3.3% full year growth
                                      • France: Casino resumes like-for-like growth in France
                                        • France: E.Leclerc
                                          • …growth driven by hypermarkets
                                            • …full-year sales up 2.7%
                                              • Germany: Metro Group gives a weak Christmas performance
                                                • Ireland: Centra announces investment plan after sales rise
                                                  • Italy: Conad reports growth in private label range
                                                    • Netherlands: Albert Heijn launches cooking channel
                                                      • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize reports strong sales growth in the fourth quarter
                                                        • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins performance boosted by Biedronka
                                                          • Sweden: ICA replaces food labels with laser marking
                                                            • Switzerland: Lidl Switzerland aims to set an example in sustainability
                                                              • UK: Aldi steps up to fifth in the UK grocery market
                                                                • UK: Iceland reports strong Christmas trading period
                                                                  • UK: Lidl boasts “most successful” Christmas ever
                                                                    • UK: Morrisons
                                                                      • …like-for-likes rise 2.9%
                                                                        • …partners with food sharing app
                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury’s and Argos like-for-likes up 1.0%
                                                                            • UK: Sir Ken Morrison passes away
                                                                              • UK: Supermarkets criticised for wasteful food deals online
                                                                                • UK: Supermarkets partake in project encouraging people to eat less meat
                                                                                  • UK: Tesco
                                                                                    • …Christmas results lifted by fresh food sales
                                                                                      • …introduces PayQwiq payment to entire estate
                                                                                        • …launches one-hour delivery in London
                                                                                          • ….to purchase Booker Group for £3.7bn
                                                                                            • UK: The Co-op's Richard Pennycook to stand down
                                                                                              • UK: Waitrose reportedly closing up to six stores
                                                                                                • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                                  • UK: Conviviality Retail returns to profit in the second half
                                                                                                    • UK: Greggs ends the year ahead of expectations
                                                                                                      • UK: Hotel Chocolat shoppers trade up to higher-priced gifts
                                                                                                        • UK: Majestic Wine sales up but profits dip
                                                                                                        • News Analysis –Non-food

                                                                                                          • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                            • Europe: H&M
                                                                                                              • …profits fall amid increased markdown
                                                                                                                • …sales slow over Christmas
                                                                                                                  • Europe: Stradivarius to launch menswear this week
                                                                                                                    • France: Vivarte to sell André and Naf Naf footwear chains
                                                                                                                      • Germany: Hugo Boss Q4 revenues decline 3%
                                                                                                                        • Germany: Upim to expand into Germany
                                                                                                                          • Spain: C&A plans Spanish store closures
                                                                                                                            • Switzerland: Charles Vögele strikes a deal to sell German stores
                                                                                                                              • UK: Abercrombie & Fitch creates new store format
                                                                                                                                • UK: Agent Provocateur receives high level of bidder interest
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ann Summers reports surging sales over Christmas
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Bhs investigation could last until 2019
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bonmarché sales rise 3.3%
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Burberry's UK retail sales surge 40%
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Fat Face delivers 7.9% growth in full-price sales
                                                                                                                                            • UK: H&M expands Weekday fascia
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Hobbs sales rise 3.9%
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Jack Wills reports modest like-for-like growth
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Jaeger seeks investors amid strategic turnaround
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jimmy Choo boosted by strong growth in Asia
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Joules
                                                                                                                                                        • …delivers strong Christmas trading results
                                                                                                                                                          • …performs well over the first half
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Matalan full-price sales rise 29.1%, but total sales fall
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Moss Bros like-for-likes rise 6.1%
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mothercare UK sales return to growth
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                                    • …hires new digital director
                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales and profits drop in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Pep&Co to raise retail prices
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Primark sales up driven by increased selling space
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Radley delivers rise 9% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Reiss turnaround leads to 19.7% sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Snapchat extends retailers' advertising limit
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: SuperGroup report strong trading result in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ted Baker's retail sales surge 17.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topshop sales fall by around 11% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Under Armour looking to purchase French Connection store
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Belgium: Eram to exit Belgium
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Office profits hit by sale to Truworths
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shoe Zone profits rise 1.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Belgium: Blokker announces 69 store closures
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Metro Group reports 'stable' sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: HEMA to roll out international store format
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: GHM discount stores will become Poundland shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis sales rise 4.9% during Christmas trading period
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Marks and Spencer clothing sales return to growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundland to cease trading online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Christmas performance boosted by beauty and gifting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to stock modest fashion brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Fortnum & Mason December results boosted by online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports strong online performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to anchor £300m Chester project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis sales rise 4.9% during Christmas trading period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bunnings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …ends zero-hour contracts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …first UK store opens its doors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Screwfix opens 500th store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Topps Tiles reports soft results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Fnac gains approval to open on Sundays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Media-Markt launches technology rental service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Metro Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …gives a weak Christmas performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports 'stable' sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: BrightHouse to close 28 stores following tough trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dixons Carphone reports 8% growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: GAME suffers a decline amid lack of new launches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carpetright returns to quarterly UK growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Upim to expand into Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: DFS on track with 7% sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dreams prepares for £400m sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Habitat trials new standalone format in Leeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ikea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …acquires stake in recycling plant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …plans most sustainable store in Greenwich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ScS like-for-like orders rise 2.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …like-for-like store sales fall 3.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Q2 sales rise 6.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Wyevale Gardens launches new website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Yoox Net-a-Porter sales advance 12.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: 3 Suisses to be bought out by Domoti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …prioritises deliveries to drive repeat custom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales top €1bn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Amazon Go reportedly looking for London store space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: AO sales grow in Q3 but warn on future uncertainty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Asos sales surge 36%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Boohoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …gains approval for Nasty Gal acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …revenues surge 55%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Findel strengthens in the second half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: N Brown revenues rise 4.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …retail sales rise 13.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sells salad from underground London farm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Overseas online interest in British brands on the rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …owners reportedly mulling sale or flotation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …9% sales growth driven by Very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sofa.com sales jump 28% following showroom openings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Visits to UK retail websites reach 4.6 billion in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Birchbox to open second physical store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Douglas enjoys strong performances in Germany and France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Sephora to return to German market through Kaufhof
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: L'Oreal considering selling The Body Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Superdrug sales boosted by make-up trends
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Louis Vuitton global revenues rise by 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Vestaire Collective secures funding for growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: MatchesFashion boosted my mobile app sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: New West End Company reports strong Chinese New Year sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Card Factory ends the year up 0.4% like-for-like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Waterstones generates first pre-tax profit for seven years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WH Smith travel revenues offset declines in high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: JD reports a strong Christmas period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK/Europe: Pandora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …revenues rise 21% in 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …rolls out digital receipts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Signet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …UK division falls into a like-for-like decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …restructures to focus on omnichannel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Toys and Games Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hornby's turnaround plan progresses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Entertainer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …develops new franchise partner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ….Christmas sales climb 13.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Toy prices set to rise around 15%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Automotive retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Halfords retail sales accelerate in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home merchandise sales softer than anticipated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Centre:mk announces £60m investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: High street footfall rises for first time in five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Intu reports increase in festive footfall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Outlet village operator reports 6.7% sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Retail sales growth slows to 0.1% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Retail sales rise by 7.1% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales up 1.0% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • A. S. Watson (Europe)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Solid performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • New outlets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Marionnaud
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marionnaud
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 6: A. S. Watson (Europe): group financial performance, 2011-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 7: A. S. Watson (Europe): outlet data, 2011-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Continental Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK

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