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European Retail Briefing - January 2014

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

In this report we include:

  • An analyst comment looking at the level of online shopping across the five major European markets in various sectors.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies.
  • A profile of store-to-mail order beauty retailer Yves Rocher. This is taken from our recently published Beauty Retailing - Europe report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment: Reviewing E-commerce Participation in 2013

      • Figure 1: Proportion of all individuals who have made an online purchase of any goods or services in the last three months, 2008-13
      • Figure 2: Proportion of all individuals who have made an online purchase of food/groceries in the last 12 months, 2008-13
      • Figure 3: Proportion of all individuals who have made an online purchase of clothing/sports goods in the last 12 months, 2008-13
      • Figure 4: Proportion of all individuals who have made an online purchase of electronic equipment in the last 12 months, 2008-13
  2. European Retail Sales

    • Key points
      • Retail sales
        • Figure 5: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2012-13
        • Figure 6: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2012-13
      • Inflation
        • Figure 7: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013
        • Figure 8: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013
    • Beauty Retailing – Europe

        • Yves Rocher Groupe
          • What we think
            • Bolstering store presence in its biggest market
              • Sluggish online sales
                • Authentic natural beauty products
                  • Travel retail expansion
                    • ‘Most popular beauty site’
                      • Company background
                        • Company performance
                          • Figure 9: Yves Rocher Groupe: Group financial performance, 2009-13
                          • Figure 10: Yves Rocher Groupe: Estimated number of stores in selected countries, 2011-13
                          • Figure 11: Yves Rocher Groupe: Sales by distribution channel, percentage, 2012
                        • Retail offering
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Convenience stores
                            • Grocers
                              • Clothing retailing
                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                  • Department stores
                                    • DIY retailing
                                      • Electrical retailing
                                        • Home shopping
                                          • Shopping centres
                                            • Economy
                                            • News Analysis – Food and drink

                                              • Bakers
                                                • UK: Greggs cuts staff after sales growth
                                                  • Co-ops
                                                    • UK: Co-operative Food reports strong Christmas performance
                                                      • Convenience stores
                                                        • Spain: Alcampo to supply Spanish BP stores
                                                          • UK: Nisa Retail reports strong Christmas sales
                                                            • Grocers
                                                              • France: Carrefour acquires Rast supermarkets
                                                                • Italy: Conad annual sales increase
                                                                  • UK: Asda trials new format
                                                                    • UK: Booths
                                                                      • …introduces brand price-matching scheme
                                                                        • …reports best ever festive trading
                                                                          • UK: Morrisons
                                                                            • …employee arrested for insider trading
                                                                              • …like-for-likes fall
                                                                                • … launches online shopping
                                                                                  • UK: Over half the country shops at Aldi and Lidl
                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                      • …blames tough sales environment for flat like-for-likes
                                                                                        • …Freefrom food range sees boost in pre-Christmas sales
                                                                                          • …to stop selling DVDs
                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                              • …launches healthy living brand
                                                                                                • …acquires Lazada
                                                                                                  • …glitch locks NatWest and RBS credit cards
                                                                                                    • …reports a fall in like-for-likes over Christmas
                                                                                                      • …to launch current account
                                                                                                        • …to test Indian market
                                                                                                          • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                            • …predicts South American food boom
                                                                                                              • …records strong Christmas trading figures
                                                                                                                • …sales up as customers search for interesting Christmas food
                                                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                                                    • UK: Majestic Wine reveals strong Christmas figures
                                                                                                                      • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                        • UK: Holland & Barrett increase store openings
                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                          • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                            • Europe: Inditex posts sales rise
                                                                                                                              • France: Primark opens first French store
                                                                                                                                • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill appoints new managing director of Peacocks
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Fat Face
                                                                                                                                    • …eyes potential flotation
                                                                                                                                      • …positive after Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jigsaw reports strong Christmas trading figures
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Joules opens store at Gatwick airport
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Karen Millen profits decline
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Moss Bros witnesses “encouraging” sales
                                                                                                                                                • UK: New Look receives Christmas boost to like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Next raises forecasts on the back of bumper Christmas
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Paul Smith sees profits fall
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Retailers increase discounts in last-minute push before Christmas
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: SuperGroup records strong progress
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ted Baker reports solid Christmas figures
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: TK Maxx accused of misleading customers
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: TM Lewin starts international push
                                                                                                                                                                • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Barratts
                                                                                                                                                                    • …receives £5m rescue offer from Pavers
                                                                                                                                                                      • …remaining Barratts stores closed
                                                                                                                                                                        • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundstretcher falls to £3.7m loss
                                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Forecast rises at Metro Group
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Argos digital stores hit by technical glitches
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …outlook gloomy
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …extends discounts on clothing after poor Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports disappointing third quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to make toy packaging gender neutral
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …member of staff refuses alcohol sale
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …chief financial officer resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …demand discounts from suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts disappointing interim management statement
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Galeries Lafayette in talks to buy House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …records best ever Christmas results
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to appoint advisers for IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports record sales figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sees Christmas sales hit £734 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts pre-Christmas figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sees strong Christmas and New Year sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …trials mobile point-of-sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Stacey Cartwright moves to Harvey Nichols
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Hornbach Group publish figures for first nine months of 2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topps Tiles sees first quarter sales jump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Darty reports results for H1 2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Dixons completes disposal of Pixmania
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons Retail profits surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Maplin opens airport store following strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: CSL rebrands as Sofaworks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: HMV to close Islington flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright profits and sales fall in first-half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm TV campaign boosts Q2 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Amazon’s German workers to strike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Betta Living unveils virtual store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: N Brown to open 20 new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop Direct hires Sarah Curran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Lush beats high-street Christmas slump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Fragrance Shop launches TV marketing campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Foyles like-for-likes edge up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Golden goodbye for Kate Swann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Works reports record breaking Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ryman Group reports strong Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Adidas to cut independent accounts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: JD Sports records improvement in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sports Direct first-half profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous SPECIALIST retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Mamas & Papas sees full year profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mothercare issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Carrefour to buy Klepierre malls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Bluewater debuts midnight shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …footfall monitor shows decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sales monitor shows "respectable" Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ONS: Positive November retail sales

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 99p Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Adidas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alcampo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • All Saints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Auchan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aurora fashions UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Barratts Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bimeks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bluewater Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boux Avenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BP Oil UK (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpetright UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Channel 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Chelsea FC Merchandising Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Conad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • EH Booth & Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Farmfoods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fat Face Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Galeries Lafayette (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Galeries Lafayette Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Gap Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Good Hair Day (GHD)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Google UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Harvey Nichols UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Heston Blumenthal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Holland & Barrett Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hornbach Holding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hornbach-Baumarkt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • House of Fraser Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • HSBC Investments (UK) Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Inditex UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jigsaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Karen Millen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lazard & Co., Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lush Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mamas & Papas Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mamas & Papas Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Maplin Electronics Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marks & Spencer (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marks & Spencer (UK) clothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Max Bahr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • My-Wardrobe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • NatWest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nisa (fascia) incl. Loco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Paul Smith Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pavers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Peacocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pixmania
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Poundstretcher Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Praktiker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Printemps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Robert Dyas Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ryman Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ryman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Schuh (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Starbucks Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • T.M.LEWIN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tata Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco Express (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fragrance Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • This Works
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • TJX International (TK Maxx Europe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topps Tiles (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UBS Wealth Management UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Victoria's Secret
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • W&G Foyle Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Zara Home (Spain)

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