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European Retail Briefing - July 2011

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Department stores go global
      • What we’ve seen
        • Sector recovery
          • Figure 1: Department store sector vs all retail and all non-food sectors, 2010-11
        • The challenge in building scale
          • Appealing to the tourist trade
            • Online rollout
              • Is online the answer?
                • What it means
                • Headlines for the Month

                  • Grocers
                    • Clothing retailers
                      • DIY retailing
                        • Electricals retailing
                          • Health and beauty retailing
                            • Department stores
                              • Furniture retailing
                                • Home shopping
                                • Retail Sales Review

                                  • Key points
                                    • France
                                      • Figure 2: France: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                    • Inflation
                                      • Figure 3: France: Inflation, 2010-11
                                    • Germany
                                      • Figure 4: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                    • Inflation
                                      • Figure 5: Germany: Inflation, 2010-11
                                    • Italy
                                      • Figure 6: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                    • Inflation
                                      • Figure 7: Italy: Inflation, 2010-11
                                    • Netherlands
                                      • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                    • Inflation
                                      • Figure 9: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2010-11
                                    • Spain
                                      • Figure 10: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                    • Inflation
                                      • Figure 11: Spain: Inflation, 2010-11
                                    • UK
                                      • Figure 12: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                    • Inflation
                                      • Figure 13: UK: Annual percentage change in Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2010-11
                                  • Retailing in Emerging Markets - Europe

                                    • Russia
                                      • Executive summary
                                        • SWOT
                                          • Strengths
                                            • Weaknesses
                                              • Opportunities
                                                • Threats
                                                  • Broader market environment
                                                    • Competitive context
                                                      • Key points
                                                        • Consumer spending
                                                          • Figure 14: Russia: Proportion of household budget spend, by category, 2005-09
                                                        • Retail market size and forecast
                                                          • Key points
                                                            • Economic outlook
                                                              • Sector sales
                                                                • Figure 15: Russia: Retail sales forecasts, 2006-16
                                                                • Figure 16: Russia: Share of Retail sales, by commodity, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2006-09
                                                              • High levels of investment in retailing
                                                                • Figure 17: Russia: Retail establishments by sector, 2006-10
                                                                • Figure 18: Russia: Retail employment, 1996, 2000 and 2006-09
                                                            • News Analysis

                                                              • Grocers
                                                                • Belgium: Colruyt disappoints with full year profits
                                                                  • France: Carrefour
                                                                    • …confident on pushing Dia plans
                                                                      • …expects drop in income
                                                                        • …gives Olofsson chairman role
                                                                          • France: Casino ups stake in battle for Pao de Acucar
                                                                            • France: Systeme U reports solid sales
                                                                              • Germany: Tengelmann to divest stake in A&P
                                                                                • Italy: Coop Italia reports sale growth
                                                                                  • Lithuania: Lidl negotiates land acquisition for new stores
                                                                                    • Romania: Lidl opens first outlets in Romania
                                                                                      • Slovenia: Mercator to begin merger talks with Agrokor
                                                                                        • Spain: Carrefour acquires full control of Dia
                                                                                          • Switzerland: Spar launches Express banner
                                                                                            • UK: Asda
                                                                                              • …achieves £1bn ethical and local produce sales
                                                                                                • …COO exits
                                                                                                  • …former boss sets up investment vehicle
                                                                                                    • …reports consumers starting to ration
                                                                                                      • UK: Iceland trials Greggs foods
                                                                                                        • UK: Haldanes files for administration
                                                                                                          • UK: Iceland profits rise 20%
                                                                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                              • …buys wholesale florist
                                                                                                                • …to open first c-store chain
                                                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                                    • …reports strong sales in challenging market
                                                                                                                      • …strengthens online team
                                                                                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                          • …launches Back to School campaign
                                                                                                                            • …reports strong group sales growth
                                                                                                                              • …signs agreement that signals further expansion into Chinese market
                                                                                                                                • …to add double glazing to portfolio
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                                    • …targets London for convenience store format
                                                                                                                                      • …to launch high street cafe
                                                                                                                                        • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Majestic Wines profits up 27%
                                                                                                                                            • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Holland & Barrett's profits up
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Thorntons to cut number of stores
                                                                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • Italy: Inditex sees first quarter sales rise
                                                                                                                                                      • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                                                                                        • …profits fall as cotton and labour prices rise
                                                                                                                                                          • …reports like-for-likes up 2% for Q2
                                                                                                                                                            • …signs Donatella Versace as guest designer
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Abercrombie bid for SuperGroup speculations
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Alexon like-for-likes remain flat, leading to new finance options explored
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Aquascutum to open stores in Milan and Rome
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Aurora management team vie to buy Jane Norman
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ben Sherman seals suit licence deal and invites Nickleson bids
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Bonmarché future boss named, if sale goes through
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Burberry triggers potential revolt over pay
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: East pre-tax profits up 9.5%
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill acquires 31 Jane Norman stores but 35 to shut
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Forever 21 flagship to open at Lakeside
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hobbs secures £46.5m funding to accelerate expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jacques Vert's pre-tax profits up 3.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jane Norman
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …enters new private equity rescue talks
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Life & Style closes 22 stores, axing 300 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Matalan EBITDA falls due to snow in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Missoni to open second UK standalone store
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Moss Bros like-for-likes up 13.4% with disposal of Cecil Gee
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mulberry full-year profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next sells customer service business for £65m
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Phase Eight reports 42% rise in pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Polo Ralph Lauren denim line to open franchise stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: SuperGroup reports business 'on track'
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ted Baker sales rise ahead of expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Uniqlo sees 31% sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Vera Wang opens shop-in-shop with Browns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Brantano back in black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Schuh sold to US retailer for £125m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: 99p Stores sees profits rise amid international plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: B&M Bargains reports strong year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Marks & Spencer launches earlier summer Sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ukraine: Metro reveals plans for rapid growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Pets at Home profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Booker reports 9.5% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Halfords trials smaller high street bike shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mamas & Papas aims for 30 more UK stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Carpetright profits fall in face of weak consumer demand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Cath Kidston opens in St Pancras
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Beales reports loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports like-for-likes rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …tables bid for Jane Norman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis to open home store in Ashford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: TJ Hughes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …puts administrators on standby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …acquired by GA Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Hornbach sales rise 11.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Praktiker issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Poland: Kingfisher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …targets aspirational shoppers with Polish revamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to double local Castorama network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Focus creditors will not be paid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Kingfisher gets go-ahead on Focus stores deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Cordelette: Saturn’s integration into the Boulanger network is ‘transforming the category’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Dixons subsidiary to develop Carrefour web offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Saturn consumer electronics sold to HTM Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Metro gets approval for Redcoon acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Russian Federation: PPF takes control of Eldorado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Spain: Media Markt launches order & collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Best Buy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …may halt UK expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reportedly considering Dixons bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …UK big boxes lose £62m in first year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Comet to close 17 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …planning second Black store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees balance sheet hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Game appoints new boss of UK and northern Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …chiefs outline new vision after bad year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …profits down 61%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture and furnishings retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BrightHouse EBITDA rises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: BrightHouse to launch transactional website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Conran and Radice to launch new department store concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: CSL sales up as it plots South East expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: DFS posts profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dreams increases market share but profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …in talks to buy Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …confirms Habitat UK deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Homeform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …unites brands for Sale push
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …files notice to appoint administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …closes Moben, Dolphin and Kitchens Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sun European acquires parts of Homeform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Homebase interested in failed Moben and Dolphin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Magnet reaches out to customers of Moben and Kitchens Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Lombok cautious on concession roll-out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dunelm sees sales and market share rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Amazon to buy The Book Depository
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Argos launches TV shopping channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Asos marketplace to work with global sellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: eBay hires Cocosa marketing director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JML to focus on growth through supply division
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: My-Wardrobe targets Middle East
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown reports like-for-like rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ocado posts pre-tax profit and deal with Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Park Group pre-tax profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop Direct hires Very boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The Hut drafts in IPO advisers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Celesio picks Beiersdorf exec as chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Superdrug back in black in 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Foyles to open in Westfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Waterstone's sold to Mamut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: WH Smith sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: JD Sports acquires Cecil Gee and Sprinter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Pentland Group sales and profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sports Direct acquires USC and Cruise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Theo Fennell sales rise 15%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Garden Centre Group is up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Asda Income Tracker: weekly spending power's largest decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC: Food inflation up 5.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Discounters increase market share, while Asda loses out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Inflation unchanged at 4.5% in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales values up, but volumes flat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 7digital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 99p Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Abercrombie & Fitch Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alexon Brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • All Saints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Anglia Regional Co-operative Society Ltd - Food and Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aquascutum Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Austin Reed Group Ltd (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Baird Textile Holdings Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Beale Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Beiersdorf AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Beiersdorf UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ben Sherman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Berghaus Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bershka France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Best Buy Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bluewater Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Booker Cash & Carry Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Boulanger (group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BP p.l.c.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brantano (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brico Depôt (France)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brighthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Fashion Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (BSkyB)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Browns (South Molton St) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bullring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • C&J Clark Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Castorama (Russia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cath Kidston Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Celesio Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Colruyt (fascia) Belgium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Conforama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Conran Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Consum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Coop Italia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dolphin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dreams Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Duke Street Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • East Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • eBay Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Eldorado (Russia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ellesse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ernst & Young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ethel Austin Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fast Retailing Co. Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Focus Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Forever 21 Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fresh & Easy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • FreshDirect Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Genesco Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Gianni Versace S.p.A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Grazia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Harvey Nichols UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • HBOS plc (Halifax Bank of Scotland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Henleys Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • High and Mighty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hobbs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Holland & Barrett Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hornbach Holding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hugo Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ICI Paints in North America
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • J. Choo Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jacques Vert Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jane Norman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jones Bootmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lacoste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lakeside Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Landsbanki Islands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lidl (Hungary)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lombok Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • LOVEFiLM International Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Macintosh Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Magnet Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mamas & Papas Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mercator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Missoni S.p.A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Moben
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mobile Phone House Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mulberry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • My-Wardrobe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nokia Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Oasis Fashions Ltd - UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ocado Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Office of Fair Trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Park Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pentland Group PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pets at Home Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Phase Eight Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Plus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • PPG Industries Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pull & Bear UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ralph Lauren Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Real (Ukraine)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Republic Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Research In Motion Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Roomes Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Safeway Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Saturn Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Schuh Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sharps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Simon Carter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Speedo International Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tengelmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Book Depository Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Carphone Warehouse Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The HomeForm Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Hut Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Theo Fennell Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • TJ Hughes Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Uniqlo UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Vera Wang
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Vivienne Westwood Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Vodafone Group Plc (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • W&G Foyle Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Welcome Break Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wyevale Garden Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Zavvi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    European Retail Briefing - July 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    £295.00 (Excl.Tax)