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European Retail Briefing - January 2009

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Russia – Still full of opportunities?
      • Interest in Russia remains strong
        • Recent worries
          • Strong track record
            • Not for the faint-hearted
            • Headlines of the Month

              • Grocers
                • Multi-sector retailing
                  • Clothing retailing
                    • Mixed goods retailing
                      • Department stores
                        • Electrical stores
                        • Retail Sales Review

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

                            • Tough retail conditions
                              • Sector underperforms
                                • Leading retailers
                                    • Figure 13: Europe: Top 15 leading department store retailers, 2007
                                • The Month in Retailing

                                    • Co-ops (retail)
                                      • Ireland: Musgrave in talks over Somerfield stores
                                        • UK: Somerfield posts strong FY results
                                          • Grocers
                                            • France: Auchan invests €20m in Romanian venture
                                              • France: Carrefour
                                                • …set for Bulgaria assault
                                                  • …issues profit warning
                                                    • …opens first Market store in Milan
                                                      • France: Casino
                                                        • …launches Cdiscount in the UK
                                                          • …and Galeries Lafayette embark on partnership in Monoprix
                                                            • Germany: Edeka to create 8,000 jobs
                                                              • Germany: Rewe launches first Selgros in Russia
                                                                • Netherlands: Schuitema FY sales drop 3.5%
                                                                  • Russian Federation: Kopeika receives government loan
                                                                    • Russian Federation: X5
                                                                      • …signs pharmacy deal
                                                                        • …buys regional rival for £9m
                                                                          • Slovenia: Mercator
                                                                            • …up for sale
                                                                              • …predicts 2008 profit drop
                                                                                • Spain: Eroski opens 19 new stores
                                                                                  • UK: Asda
                                                                                    • …initiates supermarket price war
                                                                                      • …enjoys Christmas sales boost
                                                                                        • UK: Lidl to open 50 new stores
                                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury's boasts "best ever Christmas performance"
                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                              • …earns £308m from sale and leaseback deal
                                                                                                • …to launch 200 new Discounter range products
                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                    • France: Morgan falls into administration
                                                                                                      • Sweden: H&M suffers drop in LFLs
                                                                                                        • UK: Adams goes into administration
                                                                                                          • UK: Alexon reveals LFL drop
                                                                                                            • UK: Laura Ashley suffers LFL sales slump
                                                                                                              • UK: Mosaic
                                                                                                                • …to enter talks to secure funding
                                                                                                                  • …issues profit warning
                                                                                                                    • UK: New Look experiences festive sales joy
                                                                                                                      • UK: Officers Club saved by chief executive
                                                                                                                        • UK: Peacocks LFLs soar 22% in two weeks
                                                                                                                          • UK: Viyella slips into administration
                                                                                                                            • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                              • UK: Argos reins in expansion plans
                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                  • …to open 35 more stores
                                                                                                                                    • …reports strong Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                        • Germany: METRO Group to retain Polish Real chain
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                            • …lays off 1,000 people
                                                                                                                                              • …LFLs plummet 7.1%
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Next suffers sales drop
                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                    • Finland: Stockmann sees sales rise 36%
                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Arcandor
                                                                                                                                                        • …reveals €745.7m FY loss
                                                                                                                                                          • …postpones new German, Russian store openings
                                                                                                                                                            • …jettisons insurance arm stake
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams reports robust Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: House of Fraser sales up 4.5% over Christmas period
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                    • …sees weekly sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                      • …boasts sales boost in Christmas spending
                                                                                                                                                                        • …sees sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                          • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Hornbach reports nine-month sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Praktiker misses 2008 sales target
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Kingfisher calls for new rent payment structure
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Kesa sees profits plummet 71.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • US: Best Buy
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …suffers drop in LFLs
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …struggles in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Zavvi closes 22 stores and cuts 178 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Allied Carpets put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carpetright
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …profit slumps 67.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …eyes rivals
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: United Carpets reports H1 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Conforama announces store closures, job cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Habitat to venture into Russia and the Middle East
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Strategic Retail places subsidiaries in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: M and M Direct sees festive sales surge 31%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ocado reports strong Christmas results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop Direct Group posts 9% sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Rossmann sales jump 21.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • US: Walgreens reports Q1 profit drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Blacks Leisure sees sales decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …closes five Qube stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …appoints Jones as executive chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JD Sports enjoys fruitful Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts H1 profit boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …owner to halt strategic stakebuilding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Hunter to lose Wyevale stake to HBOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mass merchandisers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • US: Wal-Mart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …registers Russian subsidiary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches D&S takeover bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Toy retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • US: Toys 'R' Us records Q3 loss

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