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European Retail Briefing - March 2011

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Carrefour bows to the pressure
      • The property assets
        • Dia
          • Not all bad news
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Grocers
              • Clothing retailing
                • Luxury goods
                  • Footwear retailing
                    • Department stores
                      • DIY retailing
                        • Electrical retailing
                          • Health and beauty retailing
                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                            • Retail Sales Review

                              • Key points
                                • France
                                  • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2010-11
                                • Germany
                                  • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2009-11
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2010-11
                                • Italy
                                  • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2009-11
                                • Netherlands
                                  • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2010-11
                                • Spain
                                  • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2010-11
                                • UK
                                  • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-11
                                • Department store retailing in Europe
                                  • Usage of department stores
                                    • The European competitive landscape
                                      • Outlook for department store retailing
                                      • El Corte Inglés

                                          • Figure 13: El Corte Inglés (Department Stores): Sales as share of mixed goods retailers’ sales in Spain, 2005-09
                                        • Strategic evaluation
                                          • Recent history
                                            • Financial performance
                                              • Figure 14: El Corte Inglés (Department Stores): Group financial performance, 2005/6-2009/10
                                            • Store portfolio
                                              • Figure 15: El Corte Inglés (Department Stores): Outlet data, 2005/06-09/10
                                            • Retail offering
                                              • e-commerce and home shopping
                                              • News Analysis

                                                • Grocers
                                                  • Belgium: Ahold aiming for Albert Heijn local expansion
                                                    • Croatia: Konzum reports strong full year growth
                                                      • Denmark: Dansk Supermarked reports modest full year growth
                                                        • France: Auchan enjoys solid FY growth
                                                          • France: Carrefour to spin off Dia discount chain and streamline operations
                                                            • France: Casino
                                                              • …phases out Géant Discount banner
                                                                • …profits down 7%, sales up 8.7%
                                                                  • …sales down due to domestic weakness
                                                                    • …wins new decision against Baud family
                                                                      • France: Système U reports modest sales growth
                                                                        • Germany: Aldi Nord results 2009
                                                                          • Germany: Rewe Group maintains growth course
                                                                            • Lithuania: Maxima sale talks begin
                                                                              • Netherlands: Ahold fourth quarter profits fall
                                                                                • Norway: Coop streamlines operation with closure of Fakta HQ
                                                                                  • Poland: Makro to expand C-store format
                                                                                    • Poland: Tesco close to buying Polish chain
                                                                                      • Portugal: Jeronimo Martins reports strong profit
                                                                                        • Romania: Carrefour's Romanian sales fall
                                                                                          • Sweden: Axfood reports strong full-year results
                                                                                            • Switzerland: Coop reports solid profits
                                                                                              • UK: Asda
                                                                                                • …'outperforms' as sales and profits rise
                                                                                                  • …receives the all-clear for Netto takeover
                                                                                                    • …slammed for breaching alcohol industry's packaging rules
                                                                                                      • …staff receive £26.9m bonus pot
                                                                                                        • UK: Asda Income Tracker: family spending power fell by £9 a week in January
                                                                                                          • UK: Co-op
                                                                                                            • …disposals spark convenience space race
                                                                                                              • …has store in every postcode with Strand opening
                                                                                                                • …launches multi-channel campaign to convey green credentials
                                                                                                                  • …to create 1,700 store management jobs
                                                                                                                    • UK: Iceland to pay £200m dividend
                                                                                                                      • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                                        • …annual profit up
                                                                                                                          • …buys Kiddicare for £70m
                                                                                                                            • …to develop 'store of the future'
                                                                                                                              • …to return £1bn to shareholders
                                                                                                                                • UK: Penta sells Poland's largest convenience-store chain to UK-based private equity firm
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                                                    • …aims to double Fairtrade business over next 5 years
                                                                                                                                      • …and Morrisons outperform, while Tesco and Asda lag
                                                                                                                                        • …chief exec sells mass of shares
                                                                                                                                          • …to source all Fairtrade cotton from supplier in India
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                                              • …completes sale and leaseback of 21 shops
                                                                                                                                                • …social media yields £1.5m in sales
                                                                                                                                                  • …ups its stakes in the Asda price war
                                                                                                                                                    • …F&F sponsors LFW designer Mark Fast
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Total UK re-launches customer loyalty programme
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                          • …invests £10m in online operations
                                                                                                                                                            • …to continue stocking Innocent Vitamins range
                                                                                                                                                              • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bargain Booze owner considers sale
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Oddbins to shut 39 outlets
                                                                                                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • Estonia: Baltika Group announces annual results with net losses down 40%
                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Zara expands online presence to a further five countries
                                                                                                                                                                          • Italy: OVS Industry to launch in France at the La Millenaire shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                            • Lithuania: Apranga aims for 10.7% rise in turnover for 2011
                                                                                                                                                                              • Russian Federation: Jaeger to expand into Russia
                                                                                                                                                                                • Sweden: H&M January sales grow 9%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: All Saints up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Arcadia joins return to UK sourcing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Crew targets 50% online sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Fenchurch in administration due to cotton prices
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jack Wills to expand further overseas
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Karen Millen targets £500m sales as it splits from Aurora
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: La Senza to roll out new ad campaign in run up to National Cleavage Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …gains former Primark boss to revamp product offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …valuation halved by private equity owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Primark reports increasingly tough trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: TJX slows European growth plans as profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: TK Maxx to open Haymarket store despite faltering performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Victoria's Secret in talks to buy La Senza
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Deichmann Group reports sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Schuh launches an iPhone app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Italy: LVMH to take control of Bulgari
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Italy: Prada reports strong 2010 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: PPR reports group revenue up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Home Retail Group lowers profit forecast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …hires Inditex man to lead international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to open largest ever Outlet store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to open most sustainable store to date
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Cash Converters reports record profits as retail sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Halfords appoints ex-House of Fraser director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Thorntons plans store portfolio reshape after falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Finland: Stockmann group sales rise 7.3% in 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Italy: La Rinascente in sale talks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams opens first pop-up store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: House of Fraser considers Biba roll out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …chief warns against interest rate rises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …first foray into Australia and the US
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …Pension Trust sells Ocado stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees 6.5% rise in gross sales and 20.5% rise in group operating profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to expand into Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to open new store in Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to roll out new security system
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Selfridges to revamp womenswear floor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Alworths' future is unclear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Austria: bauMax plans to open 7-8 new stores as turnover rises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: B&Q announces plans to invest £35m in multichannel operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Focus sells six stores to Asda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Homebase's Unipart deal to create 200 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kingfisher expects profits to be at top end of expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wickes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …online sales up 70% with upgraded sites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sees flat like-for-likes but gains market share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Czech Republic: Okay expands from electronics into grocery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Media Saturn Holding considers Redcoon acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Best Buy international operations cut but expects UK growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons plans to open second Black store in central London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Everything Everywhere
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports revenues up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to test stores under own name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Phones 4U sale process resumes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …expected to consider emergency rights issue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales rise after Brits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to close Brent Cross store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …warns on profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Spotify reaches one million listeners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carpetright shuts Irish branches as sales drop over 50%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dunelm chief plans multichannel push as profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Land of Leather up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Tile Depot planning another 15 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Alittlemarket.com goes pop (up)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Asos launches Fashion Finder site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Confetti to expand with party products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Findel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports £80.5m fundraising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to restructure in bid to lift performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Net-a-Porter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches digital TV station
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …menswear site launches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …acquires new plot for DC in Wimbledon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …expands to meet increased demand and better compete with Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sees continued growth in 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …shares fall as John Lewis sells stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Woolworths site debuts art supplies offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Alliance Boots signs deal with Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Ceslesio prepared to spend €1bn on deals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Schlecker begins store remodelling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Shanghai Pharmaceuticals considering buying stake in Celesio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Clinton Cards to place Birthdays Ireland into liquidation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Foyles plans new Charing Cross flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WH Smith chief sells 27% of shares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Sportsdirect.com expected at Herblay, near Franconville
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Blacks Leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …chief executive Gillis resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …outgoing chief exec faces disqualification over Farepak collapse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …set for fight with landlords over second CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …confirms plans for CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …gets backing for £31.5m fundraising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …no longer under investigation – and completes re-financing project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …retail sales up 13.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Albermarle & Bond retail sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ollie & Nic rescued from administration by former Principles boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …new strategy aims to triple digital revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …signs deal with Microsoft to sell downloads in store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to invest £15m in three year multi-channel strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Property
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Touchwood shopping centre sees sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Westfield shopping centre sees sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …UK retail sales values down 0.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …penalising successful retailers will damage Northern Ireland's reputation for retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: CBI reports slow retail growth as prices rise to 1991 levels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Govt to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes and ban on retail displays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Network Rail posts promising Q4 retail sales results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ONS reports strong January sales figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop vacancy rates rise in 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Accessorize France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ahold Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Albemarle & Bond PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Albert Heijn (fascia) Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Alexon Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • All Saints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Apax Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Apranga (Lithuania)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Axfood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Axfood Narlivs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • B&Q Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Bargain Booze Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • bauMax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • BC Partners Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • BDO Stoy Hayward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Best Buy Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Bhs Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Biba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Birthdays Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Blackstone Group (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Bulgari S.p.A. [Bvlgari]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Carrefour Romania
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cash Converters Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Celesio Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • City Stormarknad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Clinton Cards Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Coin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Confederation of British Industry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Confetti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Coop Extra
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Coop Schweiz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Coop Vitality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Crew Clothing Co. Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dansk Supermarked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Debenhams Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Deichmann Schuh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Deutsche Bank AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Deutsche Telekom AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dunelm Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • ECI Ventures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Everything Everywhere Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Facebook, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Fakta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Farepak Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Fenchurch International Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Financial Times Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France Telecom SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Franprix/Leader Price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Game Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Géant Hypermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Harvey Nichols UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hemkop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • HMV Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hornbach-Baumarkt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Icelandic Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Institute of Grocery Distribution
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • J Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jack Wills Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jasper Conran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jerónimo Martins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • John Lewis Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Joseph Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Karen Millen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Konzum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • La Rinascente (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • La Senza Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Land of Leather Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • LG Electronics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Limited Brands Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Lion Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • MAXIMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Maxima Lithuania
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mercator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Metro (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Microsoft Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Monsoon Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Morleys Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Oasis Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ocado Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Oddbins Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Office of Fair Trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ollie & Nic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Orange plc (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Orange SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Paul Smith Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Penny - Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Penta Geronimo Limited Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Permira Advisers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Phones 4U Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pingo Doce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • PizzaExpress Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • PPR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Prada (I Pellettieri d'Italia S.p.A.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Prada USA Corp.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pret A Manger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • PrisXtra
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Promod
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ralph Lauren Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Rewe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Richemont Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Rubicon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Schlecker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Screwfix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports Direct international
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports Direct UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Starbucks Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Stockmann Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Système U
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • T-Mobile (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Tesco Personal Finance Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Body Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Fairtrade Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Hut.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Jessops Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The TJX Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Tile Depot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Touchwood Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Twitter, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Urban Outfitters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Victoria's Secret
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • W&G Foyle Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Waitrose Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Willys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Woolworths Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • YouTube, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            European Retail Briefing - March 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            £295.00 (Excl.Tax)