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European Retail Briefing - January 2015

This month ERB includes:

  • An analyst comment about how retail sales performance and prospects vary in the key European markets.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • A profile of beauty specialist, Sephora. This is taken from our soon-to-be published Beauty Retailing - Europe, January 2015.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

      • The past
        • Figure 1: Total retail sales: compound annual growth rates, major European countries, 2008-14
      • The future
        • Figure 2: Total retail sales: forecast compound annual growth rates, 2014-19
        • Figure 3: Eurozone: consumer prices inflation, January - November/December 2014
      • What’s needed
        • What it means
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 4: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
              • Figure 5: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
            • Inflation
              • Figure 6: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
              • Figure 7: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Grocers
              • Clothing retailers
                • Department stores
                  • Electrical retailing
                    • Homeware and DIY retailing
                      • Home Shopping
                        • Economy
                        • News Analysis – Food & Drink

                          • Convenience stores
                            • UK: Nisa
                              • …appoints new chief executive
                                • …rolls out ‘Store of the Future 2’ format
                                  • UK: Tesco-owned One Stop trials discount format
                                    • Grocers
                                      • Belgium: Carrefour refunds price difference with Albert Heijn
                                        • Belgium: Colruyt to invest €8m in Northern Belgium
                                          • France: Carrefour Brazil receives investment from Península
                                            • France: Intermarché’s Bosnian unit taken over
                                              • Germany: Metro Group posts sales decline of 4%
                                                • Netherlands: Coop full year sales reach over €1bn
                                                  • Netherlands: Jumbo posts full year sales growth
                                                    • Switzerland: Coop Schweiz grows turnover by 1.9%
                                                      • UK: Aldi’s price comparison campaign banned in the UK
                                                        • UK: Asda pledges £300m on price cuts
                                                          • UK: Booths like-for-likes dip over the festive period
                                                            • UK: Sainsbury’s like-for-like sales drop 1.7% in Q3
                                                              • UK: Social supermarket opens in South London
                                                                • UK: Tesco
                                                                  • …facing investigation from the FRC
                                                                    • …instructs auditor to scrutinise stock levels
                                                                      • …like-for-like sales down 2.9%
                                                                        • …staffs up in preparation for Christmas rush
                                                                          • …suppliers to be interviewed as part of fraud investigation
                                                                            • UK: Waitrose enjoys pre-Christmas boost
                                                                              • Other food specialists
                                                                                • UK: Greggs like-for-likes rise 5.2% in the second half
                                                                                  • UK: Majestic Wine reports positive Christmas trading
                                                                                    • UK: Thorntons issues pre-Christmas profit warning
                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                        • UK: Ocado posts sales growth of 18.6%
                                                                                          • Economy
                                                                                            • Hungary: Hungary limits Sunday opening hours
                                                                                              • UK: Grocery market sees marginal growth of 0.1%
                                                                                                • UK: Retail sales up 5.5% in November
                                                                                                  • UK: Retailers are optimistic for 2015
                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Non-Food

                                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                      • Belgium: Primark opens second Belgian store
                                                                                                        • Europe: SuperGroup like-for-like sales fall 4.1%
                                                                                                          • Germany: Gerry Weber acquires Hallhuber
                                                                                                            • Germany: Primark poised to take over Karstadt stores
                                                                                                              • Spain: Inditex post strong nine-months results
                                                                                                                • UK: Bank falls into administration
                                                                                                                  • UK: Barbour deliveries could be affected by strikes
                                                                                                                    • UK: Boux Avenue like-for-likes up 31.7%
                                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry offers Christmas gift advice on Twitter
                                                                                                                        • UK: Jaeger
                                                                                                                          • …bid approach
                                                                                                                            • …celebrates successful Christmas
                                                                                                                              • UK: Jigsaw
                                                                                                                                • …like-for-like sales up 9.5%
                                                                                                                                  • …achieves ‘record’ Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Joules grows sales by 8.2%
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Karen Millen boss steps down from Aurora Fashions board
                                                                                                                                        • UK: McArthurGlen outlet sales climb 20%
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Monsoon introduces eReceipts
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Moss Bros like-for-like sales up 7.8%
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mothercare appoints new chief finance officer
                                                                                                                                                • UK: New Look and Matalan launch activewear
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Reiss doubles full year profits
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                      • …given £40m loan from owner Mike Ashley
                                                                                                                                                        • …sales grow 6.5% in first half
                                                                                                                                                          • …to close USC stores
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ted Baker posts strong Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The White Company appoints clothing director
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Wolford announces new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                  • Footwear and accessories retailing
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Office unveils new social media game
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Radley like-for-likes jump 11% over the Christmas period
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Russell & Bromley sales rose 9.5% in 2013
                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Marks and Spencer reports mixed Christmas period
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Next posts 2.9% sales increase in run-up to Christmas 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundstretcher festive sales up 14.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: Galeries Lafayette to open in Lieusaint
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Karstadt Christmas sales down 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Fortnum & Mason reports Christmas sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …like-for-like sales up 5.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Christmas like-for-likes up 8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports pre-Christmas sales decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sales up 5.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Darty revenues up 3.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Redcoon pulls out of Denmark and France
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dixons Carphone like-for-like revenues up 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Maplin reports strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Denmark: JYSK turnover grows 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: DFS sales grow 15.3% in first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Oak Furniture Land posts growth in sales period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Oak Furniture Land to launch SofaStore showrooms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homeware and DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Hornbach sales grow 2.9% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sweden: Clas Ohlson revenues up 8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Carpetright UK sales increase 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dunelm like-for-like sales jump 6.2% in first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Tiger sales up 6.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topps Tiles like-for-likes up 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: United Carpets revenues down 11.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …workers in Germany on strike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …expands distribution capacity in Poland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Zalando to trial personal styling service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Boohoo posts profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ebuyer launches first major TV campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Major supermarkets hit by online glitches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: N Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …chief financial officer steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Q3 sales down 2.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: N Brown to discontinue Gray & Osbourn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Net-a-Porter buys My-Wardrobe.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports goods retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Decathlon ramps up UK expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music, book and toy retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Foyles and Waterstones report strong book sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Entertainer sales up 5.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Works Christmas sales up 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Waterstones launches campaign to promote click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Signet UK sales up 9.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mintel's Christmas message
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Oxford Street West rents to soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop prices fell 1.7% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sephora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 8: LVMH Selective Retail, Financial performance, 2009-14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Retail offering

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Advertising Standards Authority
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bio Planet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boux Avenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpetright UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carrefour Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Clas Ohlson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Colruyt (fascia) Belgium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Compass Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Coop Nederland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Coop Schweiz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Debenhams UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Diageo Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Diesel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dixons Carphone pro-forma merged group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dreams Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ebuyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • EH Booth & Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ernest Jones Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fortnum & Mason Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Galeries Lafayette (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Gerry Weber
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • H Samuel Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hallhuber
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Harvey Nichols UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hornbach Holding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jigsaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jumbo Group Holding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jumbo Supermarkten
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jysk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Karen Millen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Karstadt Premium Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kaufhof
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Maplin Electronics Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • McArthurGlen UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mexx
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Morrisons M Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Oak Furniture Land
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ocado Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Office Holdings Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Okay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • One Stop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Poundstretcher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Poundstretcher Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Primark/Penneys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • R Barbour & Sons Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Radley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Reiss Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Rexam PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Russell & Bromley Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Starbucks Coffee Company UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • TalkTalk Telecom Ltd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Co-operative Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The M & G Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The White Company Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Works Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tiger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tiger UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topps Tiles (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topps Tiles Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Twitter, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Unilever Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • USC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • W&G Foyle Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wolford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Zalando

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    European Retail Briefing - January 2015

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