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European Retail Briefing - March 2017

This month's ERB includes:

  • Analyst comment on recent developments in the Organic food and drink retail sector.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • A profile of Fnac Darty. This is taken from our recently published Electrical Goods Retailing - Europe, February 2017 report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Developments in organics
      • NaturéO
        • La Vie Claire
          • El Corte Inglés
            • The opportunity
              • Figure 1: Europe: those agreeing that organics are worth paying up for, Q3, 2016
            • Where next?
            • European Retail Sales

              • Key points
                  • Figure 2: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2015-17
                  • Figure 3: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2015-17
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 4: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2016-17
                  • Figure 5: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2016-17
              • Headlines for the Month

                • Grocers
                  • Other food specialists
                    • Clothing retailing
                      • Multi-sector retailing
                        • Home shopping
                          • Beauty retailing
                          • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                            • Grocers
                              • Belgium: Carrefour officially launches meal box solution range
                                • France: Auchan trials home delivery from Drive store
                                  • France: casino sales rise 5.7%
                                    • France: Lidl opens new 'Loft' concept
                                      • Germany: Penny prepares a strategic offensive
                                        • Germany: Real integrates Hitmeister into its website
                                          • Germany: Rewe
                                            • …introduces laser technology to replace excess packaging
                                              • …makes fast progress on Kaiser's rebranding
                                                • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize reports strong fourth quarter
                                                  • Netherlands: Jumbo installs virtual shoppable pop-up store
                                                    • UK: Budgens operator falls into administration
                                                      • UK: Co-op invests in technology to localise offer
                                                        • UK: discounters' expansion to cannibalise growth, report finds
                                                          • UK: Lidl opens first metropolitan format store
                                                            • UK: McColl's revenues rise 1.9%
                                                              • UK: Morrisons
                                                                • …achieves first comparable sales and profit growth since 2012
                                                                  • …launches first ever womenswear range
                                                                    • …on the hunt for new British suppliers
                                                                      • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                        • …continues food waste saving initiative
                                                                          • ...cuts price controller role from stores
                                                                            • …trials autism friendly initiatives
                                                                              • UK: supermarkets call for business rates reform
                                                                                • UK: Tesco
                                                                                  • …to cut 1,700 deputy store manager roles
                                                                                    • …aims for 8,000 click-and-collect locations
                                                                                      • …extends same-day click-and-collect
                                                                                        • …reviews pricing in stores after BBC investigation
                                                                                          • Other food specialists
                                                                                            • France: NaturéO sales rise 42%
                                                                                              • UK: Greggs total sales rise 7.0%
                                                                                                • UK: Hotel Chocolat
                                                                                                  • …pre-tax profits leap 28%
                                                                                                    • …to launch 'Chocolate Lock-ins'
                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                      • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                        • Belgium: Esprit turnaround on track
                                                                                                          • Europe: SuitSupply continues steady expansion
                                                                                                            • Europe: TJX comparable sales rise 5%
                                                                                                              • France: C&A announces restructuring plan
                                                                                                                • France: Kiabi trials connected loyalty card
                                                                                                                  • Germany: Hugo Boss acts to stabilise declining sales
                                                                                                                    • UK: Abercrombie & Fitch creates new store format
                                                                                                                      • UK: Agent Provocateur
                                                                                                                        • …close to finding a buyer
                                                                                                                          • …may face administration
                                                                                                                            • …pre-pack administration deal criticised by founder
                                                                                                                              • UK: Bhs investigation could last until 2019
                                                                                                                                • UK: Blue Inc files for a CVA
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bosideng exits the UK over 'Brexit uncertainty'
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill owner to open a department store
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Fat Face profits fall due to currency fluctuations
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Flannels to open first store in Scotland
                                                                                                                                          • UK: French Connection launches athleisure range
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Google adapts for Fashion Week searches
                                                                                                                                              • UK: H&M
                                                                                                                                                • …expands Weekday fascia
                                                                                                                                                  • …trials scan and buy technology
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jack Wills campaign celebrates employees turned entrepreneurs
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jaeger seeks investors amid strategic turnaround
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: luxury marketplace for modest fashion launches
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mamas & Papas hires new head of e-commerce & marketing
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Next chairman to retire
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: new womenswear online retailer set to launch
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Primark anticipates 11% sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Reiss appoints new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail Acquisitions to sue Bhs
                                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Clarks set to review store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jimmy Choo revenues rise 14.5%
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jones the Bootmaker put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Action turnover rises 34%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Argos fined for underpaying staff
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …delivers like-for-like sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to cease trading online
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Metro Group supports food technology start-ups
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Spain: El Corte Inglés launches a new organic format
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Laura Ashley like-for-like sales fall 3.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ireland: Debenhams Ireland returns to a profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …adds Preen to the Designers at Debenhams collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to stock modest fashion brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fenwick new chairman named as Richard Pennycook
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces store job losses and reshuffles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …full-year sales rise 3.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …invests in the customer experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …rolls out stock tracking tool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Bricorama extends service offering with plumbing start-up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: B&Q set to trial new store format
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Screwfix opens 500th store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Travis Perkins like-for-like sales rise 2.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Wesfarmers UK makes a loss amid Bunnings rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Fnac Darty revenues rise 2.0% in 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dreams profits surge following sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ikea plans to double UK business in three years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundland delivers like-for-like sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sharps launches shopping centre presence in Intu malls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: Maisons du Monde profits rise 30%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hillary's launches new 'home studio' format
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The White Company upsizes Bluewater store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Tapi Carpets on schedule with expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Cdiscount raises awareness of same-day appliance delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: DPD moves into fresh food delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Zalando invests to retain growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Italy: Yoox Net-a-Porter revenues grow 17.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …makes senior fashion appointments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to create 5,000 new UK job roles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: AO World founder stands down as CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Boohoo ups full year revenue growth to 50%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Gear4Music sales surge 58%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: HelloFresh opens popup store in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ocado trials electric vehicle delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Boots announces 400 job cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: L'Oreal considering selling The Body Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Models Own opens standalone presence in Leeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Clinton Cards reported to be considering store closures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Waterstones opens unbranded bookshops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: ASICS net sales rise 3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Decathlon sales pass €10 billion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Spain: JD Sports to partner with Sports Zone in Spain and Portugal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct warns of pressure from falling Euro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Signet Jewellers reports challenging fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Netherlands: GrandVision turnover rises 3.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Games Workshop rebrands stores to Warhammer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bluewater leisure plaza set for growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Hammerson divests property
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Visa opens London innovation hub
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: outlet village operator reports 6.7% sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Chancellor says he is listening to rates concerns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: consumer spending slows in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: food prices increase just 0.4% despite rising costs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: footfall declines deepen in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: retail sales rise 0.4% in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: retail sales rise 2.2% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Fnac Darty Group

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Enlarged product offering to better compete with the likes of Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Enhanced multichannel offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Increased bargaining power to offer more competitive prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Shortcuts to aid electrical product consumers decision-making process
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 6: Fnac Darty: financial performance, pro forma, Q3 2016 and 1st nine months 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 7: Fnac Darty: store network, pro forma, 2015-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Retail offering

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Action
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Agent 16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Agent Provocateur Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ahold Delhaize
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • American Greetings Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • AO World Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • ASICS America Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Auchan (Fr)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • B&Q (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Booker food retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Boots UK health & beauty retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bricorama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Budgens Stores Ltd - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • C&A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • C&J Clark Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carrefour Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cdiscount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Clintons Cards (AG Retail Cards Ltd)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Darty France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Decathlon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • El Corte Inglés
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ernest Jones Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Esprit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Etam Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fat Face Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Fenwick Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Games Workshop (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Games Workshop Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Gear4Music
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • GrandVision
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • H Samuel Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hammerson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • HelloFresh UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hotel Chocolat Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hugo Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • J. Choo Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jack Wills Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • JD Sports - Fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jones Bootmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jumbo Supermarkten
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kaiser's Tengelmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kiabi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • La Senza Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Leroy Merlin (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lidl (Germany)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lion Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Maisons du Monde
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mamas & Papas Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • McColl's (convenience stores)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ocado Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Penny Austria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Primark/Penneys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Real Foods Ltd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Reiss Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Rewe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sainsbury's Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Screwfix UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sharps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports Direct UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Steinhoff UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tesco Express (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The TJX Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The White Company Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • TK Maxx UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wesfarmers (Europe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Zalando

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