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European Retail Briefing - May 2011

The European Retail Briefing is a retail market monitoring report which provides retail industry news such as store openings, cross-border moves, merger and acquisition activity, executive changes, property developments and information on the retail market share including company results.

Each month the European retail market report provides an overview on the retail market size and focuses on a key issue or specific European retail sector. The retail industry news is analysed sector by sector, making it an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the European retail industry.

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Table of contents

  1. A Gap in the Market

      • A dramatic rise
        • So what’s gone wrong in Europe?
          • Prospects
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Grocers
              • Clothing retailers
                • Department stores
                  • DIY retailing
                    • Electrical retailing
                      • Home shopping
                        • Health and beauty retailing
                        • Retail Sales Review

                          • Key points
                            • France
                              • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2010-11
                            • Germany
                              • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2010-11
                            • Italy
                              • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2010-11
                            • Netherlands
                              • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2010-11
                            • Spain
                              • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2010-11
                            • UK
                              • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2010-11
                          • Electricals Retailing in Europe

                              • Retail sales forecasts
                                • Outlook for electricals retailing
                                  • Market size and performance
                                    • The European competitive landscape
                                        • Figure 13: Europe: Leading electricals retailers share of electricals specialists’ sales, market share, 2009-10
                                    • Fnac

                                        • Figure 14: Fnac: Sales as share of electrical specialists’ sales in France, 2006-10
                                      • Strategic evaluation
                                        • History
                                          • Financial performance
                                            • Figure 15: Fnac: Group financial performance, 2006-10
                                            • Figure 16: Fnac: Sales, by product category, 2010
                                          • Store portfolio
                                              • Figure 17: Fnac: Outlet data, 2005-10
                                            • Retail offering
                                              • e-commerce and home shopping
                                              • News

                                                • Grocers
                                                  • Belgium: Delhaize profits hit by higher costs
                                                    • Bulgaria: Lidl continues expansion
                                                      • Estonia: ETK Group turns over €82.5m in Q1
                                                        • Estonia: Tallinna Kaubamaja sees 2.5% Q1 sales, boosted by automotive sales
                                                          • Finland: Kesko sees steady consumer demand drive profit growth
                                                            • France: Carrefour
                                                              • …faces investor opposition to split
                                                                • …reveals tepid Q1 2011 sales
                                                                  • France: Casino
                                                                    • …and Casino Shop Shopping replacement for Petit Casino
                                                                      • …reiterates FY forecast after strong first quarter
                                                                        • Lithuania: Maxima and Norfa see slight Q1 growth
                                                                          • Portugal: Jeronimo Martins' profits rise 34%
                                                                            • Russian Federation: Dixy sales rise 21%
                                                                              • Russian Federation: O'Key reports modest Q1 growth
                                                                                • Russian Federation: X5 Retail
                                                                                  • …reports rise in full year profits
                                                                                    • …sells e-commerce businesses
                                                                                      • Spain: Campofrio focus of buyout talks
                                                                                        • Sweden: Axfood sees weak start to year
                                                                                          • UK: Aldi and Lidl gain record market share
                                                                                            • UK: Asda kicks off review of its online business
                                                                                              • UK: Co-op launches online pharmacy service
                                                                                                • UK: Farmfoods profits rise 30%
                                                                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                    • …first quarter sales up
                                                                                                      • …rolls out garden centre offer after trial success
                                                                                                        • UK: Musgrave profits up 3%
                                                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                            • …announces 'biggest-ever' own-label overhaul
                                                                                                              • …moves into fashion top 10 by volume
                                                                                                                • …Shapland leaves
                                                                                                                  • …trials Clarks concessions
                                                                                                                    • UK: Scotmid posts fall in annual profits
                                                                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                        • …acquires video-on-demand service Blinkbox
                                                                                                                          • axes its 'double the difference' online price promise
                                                                                                                            • …boss says UK performance 'still not good enough'
                                                                                                                              • UK: Today's Group to go it alone
                                                                                                                                • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                                  • …reports biggest ever Easter Saturday
                                                                                                                                    • …reports strong first quarter
                                                                                                                                      • …to open 'dark store'
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Whole Foods Kensington store posts profits
                                                                                                                                          • Food and drink specialists
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Oddbins sells 37 stores and business to Whittall's Wine Merchants
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Thorntons issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • Europe: H&M attributes declining sales to late Easter
                                                                                                                                                    • France: Mexx adopts a more targeted strategy
                                                                                                                                                      • France: Etam publishes annual and Q1 results
                                                                                                                                                        • France: The Kooples to open fifth London store
                                                                                                                                                          • Lithuania: Apranga turnover increased by 17% in April
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Alexon returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: All Saints
                                                                                                                                                                • …faces D Day
                                                                                                                                                                  • …sold to consortium led by Lion Capital
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: American Apparel secures crucial refinancing deal
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Arcadia
                                                                                                                                                                        • …eyes click-and-collect after EPoS upgrade
                                                                                                                                                                          • …Green in talks to launch manufacturing academy
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fashion brands eye National Geographic Regent Street store
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: FullCircle Clothing to close
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: H&M to open first UK concession in Selfridges
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JoJo Maman Bébé sells stake to Singh-backed private equity
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Joules sees record profits
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Karen Millen considers major international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Levi's reports first quarter sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: LK Bennett reports losses
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mango sees sales rise in 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Monsoon pre-tax profits triple
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: N Brown reports full year profits rise 5.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Next sales boosted by warm weather and Royal Wedding
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Primark's
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …growth slows in first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to branch out from retail sites and shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Uniqlo reports modest UK sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Urban Outfitters plots UK expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Clarks' profits break £100m thanks to overseas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Alworths staff fear for their jobs as retailer's future remains uncertain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Argos boss leaves as profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …opens its first eco-store - but it's just the beginning, says Marc Bolland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …hire Morrisons’ former business dev director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundstretcher acquires Alworths stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: Galeries Lafayette
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sees strong growth thanks to buoyant tourism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams boss to stand down as profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Harvey Nichols owner eyes Aurum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Houseoffraser.com announces plans to measure customer satisfaction via social media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis considers petrol station click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Finland: Stockmann to post Q1 loss due to weak sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Portugal: El Corte Ingles opens new DIY store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Focus DIY seeks administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kingfisher buys 31 Focus DIY stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wickes like-for-likes rise 1.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Best Buy Europe sells off Belgian business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Spain: Dixons to close PC City business in Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Best Buy rolls out new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Carphone Warehouse reports strong quarter due to Best Buy Mobile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Maplin reports flat profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture aand furnishings retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Carpetright
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …axes 350 jobs and 12 stores in latest cost drives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …forced to issue second profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …issues second profit warning of the month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dunelm like-for-likes fall but offset by new space gains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Joules sees record profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Lakeland launches new website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ScS returns to profit after seeing sales climb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Steinhoff UK in restructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Asos faces potential legal dispute from like-named German brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Otto Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …announces imminent plans for Brazil expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sees sales rise 12.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Achica nearing break-even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Amazon sales rise but earnings fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Asos sales rise 70% in its fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ebay earnings growth driven by PayPal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Flying Brands suffers difficult first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ideal Shopping Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports rising profits as sale decision nears
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to be sold in £78m deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado appoints eBay Europe boss to board
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shop Direct looks for overseas expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wiggle gears up for £200m sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Dm-drogerie sees 9% growth in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Savers narrows full-year losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Record companies ease terms to aid HMV cashflow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: HMV sees pressure mount to sell Waterstone's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Staples to roll out in-store entrepreneurial courses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Waterstone's to receive cut-price bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports half year profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to launch Funky Pigeon stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Puma sees Q1 profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Blacks reduces full-year losses and confirms new boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: JD Sports sees profits rise but remains "extremely cautious"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JJB Sports shareholders approve £65m fundraising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Rampant Sporting opens first store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct to extend bonus scheme with rising profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …hires former Ladbrokes boss as new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …profits down but aims to 'outperform'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC: Retailers suffer worst monthly sales fall since 1995
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: E-tailers confident in their outlook for 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hammerson UK reports shopping centre sales up 1.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Inflation rate falls to 4% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Institute of Grocery Distribution: High petrol prices trigger rise in online shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Like-for-like sales rise 5.2% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mobile retail searches surge 181%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: ONS: Mixed picture for retail sales continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: PWC - Online shopping goes from strength to strength
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Retail sales growth slows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop price inflation rises to 2.5% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: UK high street gloom continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Westfield Stratford announces 13 September opening

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