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European Retail Briefing - May 2009

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’s Comment

    • Recession opens up opportunities in kidswear
      • A market with high potential
        • Expanding to fill the gap?
          • Success may lie in being different…
          • Headlines of the Month

            • Food retailers
              • Clothing
                • Mixed goods
                  • Conglomerates
                    • Department stores
                      • DIY
                        • Electricals
                          • Home shopping
                            • Health and beauty
                              • Cultural goods
                              • Retail Sales Review

                                  • France
                                    • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, Mar 2008-Feb 2009
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2008-09
                                  • Germany
                                    • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, Mar 2008-Mar 2009
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2008-09
                                  • Italy
                                    • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, Feb 2008-Feb 2009
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2008-09
                                  • Netherlands
                                    • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, Nov 2007-Nov 2008
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2008/9
                                  • Spain
                                    • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, Mar 2008-Mar 2009
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2008
                                  • UK
                                    • Figure 11: UK: Retail sales trends, Feb 2008-Mar 2009
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index, 2008/09
                                • Sector Focus: European Home Shopping Retailers

                                  • Market size and performance
                                    • E-commerce driving market growth
                                      • Leading retailers
                                        • Figure 13: Europe: Leading home shopping companies, share of home shopping market, 2008
                                      • The future
                                      • News Analysis

                                        • Bakers (retail)
                                          • UK: Thorntons flourishes in Spring
                                            • Co-ops (retail)
                                              • UK: Co-operative Group boasts record FY results
                                                • Grocers
                                                  • Belgium: Delhaize Q1 profits soar 24.4%
                                                    • Bulgaria: Rewe to invest €100m in Bulgarian expansion
                                                      • Denmark: Dansk Supermarked sales rise in 2008
                                                        • France: Carrefour
                                                          • … cites Russia as key development area
                                                            • … reports robust Q1 results
                                                              • … signs tentative deal with Seventh Continent
                                                                • … to overhaul French hypermarkets
                                                                  • France: Casino's Q1 profits dip 3%
                                                                    • Germany: Edeka Group announces 5% rise in FY sales
                                                                      • Germany: Rewe launches new fascia
                                                                        • Netherlands: Ahold
                                                                          • … sales jump 15% in Q1
                                                                            • … to open maiden convenience store in US
                                                                              • Netherlands: Albeit Heijn to widen non-food range
                                                                                • Netherlands: Schuitema FY profits rises five-fold
                                                                                  • Poland: Biedronka eyes Netto stores for expansion
                                                                                    • Portugal: Jeronimo Martins Q1 profit up
                                                                                      • Russian Federation: Magnit
                                                                                        • … Q1 sales soar 36%
                                                                                          • … sees Q1 profit surge
                                                                                            • Russian Federation: Seventh Continent sees sales increase in Q1
                                                                                              • Russian Federation: X5
                                                                                                • … profits soar 46% in Q1
                                                                                                  • … reports $26.7m net loss in Q4
                                                                                                    • … EBITDA soars 47% in 2008
                                                                                                      • Slovenia: Mercator Q1 profit dips 30.8%
                                                                                                        • Sweden: Axfood
                                                                                                          • … sales up in Q1
                                                                                                            • … sales up 3.3% in April
                                                                                                              • Sweden: ICA enjoys fruitful Q1
                                                                                                                • UK: Henderson Group posts profit increase
                                                                                                                  • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                    • … to double in-store telecoms shops
                                                                                                                      • … posts record FY profits
                                                                                                                        • … to launch pharmacies in smaller superstores
                                                                                                                          • … reveals £150m Clubcard overhaul
                                                                                                                            • …Fresh & Easy posts £142m loss
                                                                                                                              • UK: Waitrose and Ocado step up online grocery battle
                                                                                                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Hugo Boss Q1 profit falls 8%
                                                                                                                                    • Italy: Benetton records 38% profit drop
                                                                                                                                      • Spain: Zara Kids unveils first UK store
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Alexon
                                                                                                                                          • …reports profit drop
                                                                                                                                            • … Bay Trading put in administration
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Burberry confident to meet market expectations
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Jane Norman in strategic review
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Original Factory Shop boasts 12% rise in LFLs
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Primark outperforms market with 18% jump in LFLs
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Viyella to launch first-ever menswear collection
                                                                                                                                                        • US: Gap sales continue to slide in March
                                                                                                                                                          • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Woolworth Germany files for insolvency
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Home Retail Group suffers profit drop
                                                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • Finland: Kesko's Q1 sales drop 11%
                                                                                                                                                                    • France: PPR reports robust Q1 results
                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Arcandor
                                                                                                                                                                        • … mulls state aid
                                                                                                                                                                          • … to invest €900m in restructuring plan
                                                                                                                                                                            • … to apply for state aid
                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Metro
                                                                                                                                                                                • … trials new store format in Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                  • … sees Q1 profits halve
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Netherlands: Blokker reveals sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next Q1 results boosted by Easter sales
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Finland: Stockmann
                                                                                                                                                                                            • … sees Q1 sales fall 15%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • … to scrap Hobby Hall division in Baltic countries
                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Galeries Lafayette posts 4% drop in FY profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Hertie eyed by investor group
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … battles over Principles stock
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … posts 10.7% profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … parts ways with Shoe Studios
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Harrods plots Malaysian move
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis to launch standalone home and electricals stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Liberty's losses widen in 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Praktiker sales down 8% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Robert Dyas in MBO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Wickes owner in £300m rights issue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Russian Federation: M. Video enjoys 21% jump in Q1 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: DSGi posts LFLs drop, unveils rights issue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • US: Best Buy scales down UK plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carpetright LFLs fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sweden: Ikea appoints Ohlsson as new chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dreams opens 200th store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dunelm LFLs climb 2.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Asos posts 104% sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Flying Brands chief to buy 12.48% stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ideal Shopping Direct records FY loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: N Brown defies gloom with 11% jump in FY profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • US: Amazon reports profit boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Chemist Rossmann bucks crisis with record profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Waterstones to slash up to 650 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … posts 5% fall in H1 profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … eyes more Woolworths stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: JD Sports Fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … reports 9% jump in FY profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … ponders JJB takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … on brink of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … secures vital rescue deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Signet sees sales drop in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Theo Fennell re-appoints former chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Video games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Game FY profits surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dobbies enjoys sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Music and video retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … to open cinema
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … enjoys sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Halfords reports sales slide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home sees FY profit soar 29%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economic news
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: German retail sales dip in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Russian Federation: Retail sales dip in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Spain: Retail sales slump in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • BRC: Retail LFLs down 1.2% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • London outperforms UK with 5% jump in LFLs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Scottish retail sales rise in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ONS: Retail sales improve in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK retail sales climb in April, says CBI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BRC: April retail sales boosted by sunny Easter

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