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European Retail Briefing - June 2014

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

In this report we include:

  • An analyst comment looking at French supermarket operator Auchan who has recently launched a new online product subscription service.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies.
  • A profile of Groupe Adeo. This is taken from our recently published DIY Retailing - Europe report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Auchan still trying to crack online grocery
      • Baffling array of options
        • Struggling to find the right model?
          • Figure 1: Percentage of individuals who have purchased food/groceries online in the past 12 months, 2012 and 2013
        • What we think
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
              • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
            • Inflation
              • Figure 4: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
              • Figure 5: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Convenience stores
              • Grocers
                • Clothing retailing
                  • DIY retailing
                    • Mixed goods retailing
                      • Electrical retailing
                        • Home shopping
                        • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                          • Co-ops
                            • UK: Co-op corporate governance structure overhaul
                              • UK: Heart of England Co-op full year sales increase
                                • Convenience stores
                                  • Europe: Spar International sales rise 4.1%
                                    • Ireland: Musgrave Group profits fall 16%
                                      • UK: Bhs eyes food expansion
                                        • UK: easyFoodstore denied permission to open
                                          • Grocers
                                            • Belgium: Delhaize Group appoints new CEO
                                              • Czech Republic: Czech authorities to decide fate of Ahold’s Spar acquisition.
                                                • Finland: Kesko appoints new CEO
                                                  • France: Auchan to invest €448.6m in Tunisian operations
                                                    • France: Carrefour extends ‘Lowest Price’ to seasonal goods
                                                      • Germany: Lidl
                                                        • …reintroduces beer cans for the World Cup
                                                          • …to open pop-up at the Hurricane Festival
                                                            • Netherlands: Ahold
                                                              • …sales fall 2.5% in Q1
                                                                • …settles US fraud lawsuit
                                                                  • Netherlands: Detailresult Groep double profits in 2013
                                                                    • Poland: Biedronka’s acquisition of MarcPol approved
                                                                      • Spain: Eroski sales fall 4.4%
                                                                        • UK: Aldi opens new UK training academy
                                                                          • UK: Asda sales rise 0.1% in Q1
                                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                                              • …chairman to stand down
                                                                                • …launches price tracker site
                                                                                  • …to introduce new supplier charges
                                                                                    • …to trial loyalty cards
                                                                                      • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                        • …to launch clothing online
                                                                                          • …to modify 'Brand Match'
                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                              • …and House of Fraser to partner online
                                                                                                • …debuts first current account
                                                                                                  • …sales fall in Q1
                                                                                                    • …to remove confectionery from checkouts
                                                                                                      • …trials innovative Shop&Go in London store
                                                                                                        • Other food specialists
                                                                                                          • UK: Farmfoods profits fall 42%
                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                            • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                              • Europe: Michael Kors sales more than double in Q4
                                                                                                                • Ireland: Arcadia Ireland sales fall 57.7%
                                                                                                                  • Ireland: Cos opens first Irish store
                                                                                                                    • Italy: OVS aims for IPO
                                                                                                                      • Italy: Prada sales dip 0.6% in Q1
                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: C&A to open new flagship in Amsterdam
                                                                                                                          • Netherlands: Topshop and Topman to debut in the Netherlands
                                                                                                                            • UK: American Eagle poised to enter the UK
                                                                                                                              • UK: Arcadia Group sales rise 2.1%
                                                                                                                                • UK: Belstaff launches David Beckham collaboration
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Blue Inc confirms IPO
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Burberry profits increase following new CEO appointment
                                                                                                                                      • UK: El Ganso to open third UK store
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Fat Face cancels IPO
                                                                                                                                          • UK: French Connection sales rise in Q1
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Inditex to launch Stradivarius in the UK
                                                                                                                                              • UK: La Perla to open first menswear store in London
                                                                                                                                                • UK: LK Bennett sales drop 3%
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Matalan sales and profits fall
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Moss Bros sales climb in Q1
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: My-Wardrobe launches first store
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: New Look sales rise 3%
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Next finance director to retire
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Primark to buy Birmingham shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Scotts & Co acquire Rowlands Clothing
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                  • …sales rise 17.9% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                    • …to expand into audio products
                                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Office makes apology over security breach
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shoe Zone confirms share price as it prepares to float this week
                                                                                                                                                                            • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Costco to open first store in France
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: B&M Bargains
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to launch £2bn IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …confirms intention to float
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Poundland to launch transactional website
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Marks & Spencer sales rise 2.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Halfords acquires Boardman Bikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mamas and Papas owners look to sell stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Mothercare profits jump 61%
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ireland: The Weston Group bid for Arnotts approved
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: De Bijenkorf profit and sales down
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis opens doors of Heathrow store
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Selfridges flagship to receive £300m revamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Kingfisher sales rise 6.1% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Early spring helps Hagebau sales rise in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Homebase to introduce coffee shops to stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topps Tiles half year profits increase from £4.7m to £8m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Dixons Retail sells ElectroWorld in Central Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Founder looks to buy back Media-Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Metro Group sales fall 7.6% in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: CEX debuts in the Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carphone Warehouse and Dixons confirm merger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: CeX to trial Bitcoin in store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dixons sales rise 3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: EE reassures Carphone Warehouse over partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Music, video and video games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …confirms flotation plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …valued at £340m ahead of IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carpetright in senior management shake up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Lakeland opens first Indian stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Lewis’s Home Retail acquires seven Paul Simon stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Spartoo launches European marketplace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: La Redoute acquisition finalised
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Further strikes hit Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Switzerland: Richemont sales and profit up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Amazon introduces dedicated dress store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: AO World sales jump 40%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ASOS sales rise 25% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Findel profits jump 87%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: La Redoute to open first UK store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: MandM Direct announces IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sir Philip Green acquires 25% of MySale ahead of UK launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Wiggle eyes IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Zalando UK to implement pick-up point network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Italy: Giunti al Punto and Amazon to blend digital and in-store retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Card Factory narrows price guidance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Boots UK sales rise 2.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Superdrug Managing Director to leave company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Walgreens poised for Alliance Boots bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Direct Golf diversifies into cycling retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JD Sports’ boss Barry Bown leaves company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mountain Warehouse sales soar by 20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to enter the fitness market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to open new Oxford Street flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Vision Express profits rise 11%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Garden centre retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Klondyke sales rise 6.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Retail sales rise 2% in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop prices fall 1.4% in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Retailers to charge 5p for plastic bags
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales rise 9.6% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: UK retail sales rise 5.7% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • DIY Retailing in Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Groupe Adeo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 6: Groupe Adeo: Group sales performance, 2008-13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 7: Groupe Adeo: Estimated European sales by country, excl. VAT, 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 8: Groupe Adeo: Outlet data, 2008-13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Retail offering

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • A. S. Watson (Europe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ahold Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ahold Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Alliance Boots UK Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • American Eagle Outfitters Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • AO World Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Arnotts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ASOS (International retail sales)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Auchan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • B&M Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • B&M Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • B&Q (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • BC Partners Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Bimba & Lola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Boots UK health & beauty retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Brown Thomas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Budgens Stores Ltd - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Burton old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • C&A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpetright Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cartier SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Centra (Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Compagnie Financière Richemont AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Costco Wholesale Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Daybreak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • de Bijenkorf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Delhaize Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Detailresult Groep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dorothy Perkins old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Eroski Food Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Express Gifts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Farmfoods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Fat Face Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Gala Coral Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Gruppo Coin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hagebau
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ITV plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kesko
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kitbag
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kleeneze plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • LA Fitness PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • La Redoute (pre 20xx)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lakeland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • LK Bennett Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Londis (Holdings) Ltd - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mamas & Papas Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Marketplace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mountain Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Musgrave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • My-Wardrobe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Paul Simon (London) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Prada (I Pellettieri d'Italia S.p.A.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Praktiker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Primark/Penneys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Richemont Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Savers Health and Beauty Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Savills Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Screwfix UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Shoe Zone Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Spar Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Superdrug Stores Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Superquinn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Supervalu Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tata Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tesco Personal Finance Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Topman old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Topshop old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ulster Bank Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Vision Express (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Walgreen Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Zalando

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