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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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Adams Childrenswear Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ahold Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Albert Heijn (fascia) Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Allied Irish Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Arcandor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Austin Reed Group Ltd (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Axfood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Baugur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bay Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Benetton Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bikehut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blokker (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Britannia Building Society
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Conforama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dansk Supermarked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Delhaize Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Deutsche Woolworth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dobbies Garden Centres plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dreams Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dune Footwear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Edeka Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Escada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Flying Brands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fnac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Galeries Lafayette (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Galeries Lafayette Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Gucci Group N.V.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hammersmith Apollo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hermes (GB) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hobby Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hugo Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ICA Gruppen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ICA Norge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ideal Shopping Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jane Norman Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jerónimo Martins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JJB Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kesko
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • La Redoute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Liberty International
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Liberty Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lidl (Poland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • M.Video
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Magnit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mama Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marskramer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Max Bahr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mercator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Nine West USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ocado Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Original Shoe Company Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Penny - Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pets at Home Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pied a Terre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Praktiker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Qube Footwear Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Quelle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Rewe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Robert Dyas Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Rossmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Schuitema
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Seventh Continent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Spar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Stockmann Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Shoe Studio Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Theo Fennell Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Thomas Cook Group PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Viyella
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waterstones Booksellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Willys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Woolworths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Woolworths Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • X5 Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Xenos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Zara Home (Spain)

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