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European Retail Briefing - January 2010

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 Comment

    • French outlet stores struggling despite the recession
      • Touted for success, heading for failure
        • Low prices don't buy success
        • Headlines of the Month

          • Food retailing:
            • Clothing:
              • Multi-sector:
                • Department stores:
                  • DIY:
                    • Electricals:
                      • Furniture:
                        • Home Shopping:
                          • Health and beauty:
                          • Retail Sales Review

                            • Key points
                              • France
                                • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2008-09
                              • Germany
                                • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2008-09
                              • Italy
                                • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2008-09
                              • Netherlands
                                • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2008-09
                              • Spain
                                • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2008-09
                              • UK
                                • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
                            • News Analysis

                              • Grocers
                                • Netherlands: Sligro sales rise 4.2% in 2009
                                  • Russian Federation: Magnit sees sales and profit growth slow in November
                                    • UK: Asda
                                      • …raises the stakes in price war
                                        • …reports solid Christmas results
                                          • UK: Co-operative sales soar 66% over Christmas
                                            • UK: Costcutter reveals solid festive trading
                                              • UK: Spar
                                                • …festive sales up 10.3%
                                                  • …LFLs up 4.8%
                                                    • UK: Ocado Christmas week sales soar 49%
                                                      • UK: Sainsbury's boasts record Christmas performance
                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                          • …enjoys strong Christmas results
                                                            • …to launch mortgage market assault in 2010
                                                              • Off-licences
                                                                • UK: Majestic enjoys festive 11.7% rise in LFLs
                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                    • Sweden: H&M LFLs down 9% in November
                                                                      • UK: New Look enjoys Christmas sales boost
                                                                        • UK: Peacocks reports robust Christmas sales
                                                                          • UK: Superdry-owner reports record Christmas sales
                                                                            • UK: Ted Baker sales soar 19% ahead of Christmas
                                                                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                • UK: Original Factory Shop reports bumper Christmas
                                                                                  • UK: Poundland festive sales rise by one third
                                                                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                      • Slovenia: Mercator to buy Getro
                                                                                        • UK: Laura Ashley LFLs up 4.9%
                                                                                          • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                            • …posts sales rise
                                                                                              • UK: Next posts sales increase
                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                  • Italy: Gruppo Coin close to Upim acquisition
                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams LFLs up 0.1%
                                                                                                      • UK: House of Fraser enjoys record Christmas sales
                                                                                                        • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                          • …enjoys record Christmas sales
                                                                                                            • …enjoys strong online Christmas Clearance
                                                                                                              • UK: Liberty attracts potential buyers
                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                  • France: Mr Bricolage opens first Serbian store
                                                                                                                    • Germany: Praktiker sales down 6.2% in 2009
                                                                                                                      • UK: Topps Tiles closes Dutch operations
                                                                                                                        • UK: Wickes posts strong sales
                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                            • UK: Kesa records profit increase
                                                                                                                              • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                • UK: Carpetright posts 15.8% profit increase
                                                                                                                                  • UK: United Carpets sees H1 sales rise 10%
                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                      • Sweden: Ikea appoints new domestic CEO
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Habitat bought by Hilco
                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm posts strong H1 results
                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Otto says festive sales held up well
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ideal Shopping Direct
                                                                                                                                                    • …reveals solid FY results
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop Direct Christmas sales up 6.3%
                                                                                                                                                        • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Celesio ready for more takeovers
                                                                                                                                                            • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                • …boss optimistic despite Waterstone's sales hit
                                                                                                                                                                  • …makes move into music festivals
                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Blacks Leisure sees strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: JD Sports posts festive LFLs rise
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JJB Sports records 52% sales slump
                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Game suffers disappointing Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bidders circle Pets at Home
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: HobbyCraft to be put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                    • European Retail Rankings

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Concentration
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 13: Europe: Sales of leading retailers, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 14: Europe: Leading retailers’ share of all European retailers sales, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                        • The recession and its impact
                                                                                                                                                                                          • 2010 and the retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 15: Europe: Top 25 retailers, 2008/09
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Schlecker

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 16: Schlecker: Estimated share of German health and beauty retailers’ sales, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 17: Schlecker: Share of European health and beauty specialists’ sales, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Recent history
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Financial data
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 18: Schlecker: Estimated sales performance, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 19: Schlecker: Estimated outlet data, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Market positioning
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pricing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Product offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Operational issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Advertising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ihr Platz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 20: Ihr Platz: Share of all German health and beauty retailers’ sales, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Recent history
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Financial data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 21: Ihr Platz: Sales performance, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 22: Ihr Platz: Outlet data, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Market positioning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Product offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pricing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Operational issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • e-commerce and home shopping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      European Retail Briefing - January 2010

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