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European Retail Briefing - June 2010

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Supermarkets stage a come back
      • Bargain hunters
        • Changing perceptions
          • Store environment
          • Headlines of the Month

            • Food retailers
            • Retail Sales Review

              • Key points
                • France
                  • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2009-10
                • Germany
                  • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2009-10
                • Italy
                  • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2009-10
                • Netherlands
                  • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2009-10
                • Spain
                  • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2009-10
                • UK
                  • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-10
              • News Analysis

                • Bakers (retail)
                  • UK: Hotel Chocolat looks to raise £5 million via 'chocolate bond'
                    • UK: Thorntons issues another profit warning
                      • Co-ops (retail)
                        • UK: Co-op trials electricals
                          • Convenience Stores
                            • UK: Henderson reports solid results
                              • Grocers
                                • France: Carrefour in acquisition talks with Chinese company
                                  • Germany: Rewe reports record sales
                                    • Greece: Jumbo profit down 5.4%
                                      • Netherlands: Ahold profit rises in Q1
                                        • Russian Federation: Magnit enjoys Q1 sales boost
                                          • Russian Federation: Seventh Continent sales increase
                                            • Russian Federation: X5 records Q1 profit
                                              • Russian Federation: X5 Retail acquires 20% stake in Express Retail
                                                • Spain: Eroski profits climb 8%
                                                  • Sweden: ICA sales improve
                                                    • UK: Asda
                                                      • …appoints Clarke as new chief
                                                        • …purchases Netto for £778 million
                                                          • …staff to receive £47 million
                                                            • …struggles in Q1
                                                              • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                • …profits rise 17.5%
                                                                  • …invests in new technology to beat the weather
                                                                    • …aims for larger share of clothing market
                                                                      • UK: Spar International sales climb 5.5%
                                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                                          • …quarterly sales up 6.9%
                                                                            • …employees receive record share payout
                                                                              • …chief set to retire
                                                                                • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                  • …LFLs up 3.4%
                                                                                    • …to enter Bahrain
                                                                                      • …and Ocado sign new 10-year deal
                                                                                        • Off-licences
                                                                                          • UK: Majestic enjoys sales fizz
                                                                                            • Clothing retailing
                                                                                              • Europe: TJX Europe posts 1% LFLs increase
                                                                                                • Spain: Inditex Q1 net profit soars 63%
                                                                                                  • Spain: Zara opens first Indian store
                                                                                                    • Sweden: H&M suffers 6% LFLs drop
                                                                                                      • UK: Bhs launches electricals website
                                                                                                        • UK: East Clothing returns to profits
                                                                                                          • UK: Ethel Austin relaunched as Life & Style
                                                                                                            • UK: French Connection LFLs fall
                                                                                                              • UK: Green confident on Bhs future despite loss
                                                                                                                • UK: Jaeger reports solid FY results
                                                                                                                  • UK: Laura Ashley reports revenue increase
                                                                                                                    • UK: Monsoon plans large China expansion
                                                                                                                      • UK: Moss Bros LFLs up 12.6%
                                                                                                                        • UK: Mulberry signs new London flagship store lease
                                                                                                                          • UK: New Look posts impressive FY results
                                                                                                                            • UK: Peacocks
                                                                                                                              • …mulling over sale
                                                                                                                                • …sale process set to begin
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Phase Eight in MBO
                                                                                                                                    • UK: SuperGroup to signs franchise agreement in UAE
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ted Baker posts 20% sales increase
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Topshop eyes Chicago opening
                                                                                                                                          • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Argos, Homebase sales fall
                                                                                                                                              • UK: B&M Bargains benefits from downturn
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mothercare sales pass the £1 billion mark
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Original Factory Shop up for sale
                                                                                                                                                    • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Celesio sales and profits rise
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                          • …sees profits surge
                                                                                                                                                            • …to open Advantage Card to other retailers
                                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Maxeda results hit by weak demand
                                                                                                                                                                  • Slovenia: Mercator posts steady Q1 results
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts "satisfactory" results
                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports on Plan A performance
                                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Karstadt rescued by consortium
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Beales buys Robbs of Hexham
                                                                                                                                                                                • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports ‘buoyant sales’
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reveals new 'At Home' stores
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Liberty sales rise 40%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: TJ Hughes abandons sale process
                                                                                                                                                                                          • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Hornbach reveals strong FY results
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Kingfisher posts mixed results
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Robert Dyas invests £3 million in repositioning and new ad campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topps Tiles posts poor profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Travis Perkins LFLs down 1.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Habitat appoints executive chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Asos profits soar 44%
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Flying Brands buys Flowers Direct out of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ideal Shopping enjoys sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown Group buys Figleaves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Net-a-Porter to launch men's site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ocado hires five banks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Clinton Cards suffers sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WH Smith sales dented by ash cloud
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: JD Sports acquires Sonetti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JD Sports Fashion sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JJB suffers £68.8 million loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Media Saturn outlines Turkish expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Russian Federation: M.Video suffers profit drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: DSGi LFLs up 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Kesa blames weak sales on 'extremely poor weather'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Aurum posts strong FY results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Signet Q1 revenue up 6.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Halfords profits up 26.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry reports strong results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Miscellaneous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Delivery process ‘frustrating’ online shoppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Football reduces footfall, study claims
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: London retail sales growth slows in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: London retail sales rise in May, says BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ONS: Retail sales rise 1.1% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK retail sales down in May, says CBI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK retail sales rebound in May, says BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electricals Retailing in Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Market in brief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Retail sales forecasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Outlook for electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Market size and performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The European competitive landscape
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 13: Media-Saturn group: Sales as share of electrical retailers’ sales in Europe, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 14: Media-Saturn Germany: Sales as share of electrical retailers’* sales in Germany, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • e-commerce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Recent history
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 15: Media Markt/Saturn: Financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 16: Media Markt/Saturn: Germany, Western Europe & Eastern Europe – share of sales, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 17: Media Markt/Saturn: Outlet data, by country, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 18: Media Markt/Saturn: Description of outlets, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 19: Media Markt/Saturn: Websites, by country, 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      European Retail Briefing - June 2010

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