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European Retail Briefing - May 2014

The European retail briefing provides commentary, data and news analysis from across Europe ensuring that you keep in contact with the latest retail news.

In this report we include:

  • An analyst comment looking at the beleaguered Dutch retail sector, which looks to be turning a corner.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies.
  • A profile of Marks & Spencer. This is taken from our recently published Department Stores - Europe report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Dutch malaise may be drawing to a close
      • What we’ve seen
        • 2013 was weak
          • Figure 1: The Netherlands: Year-on-year growth in retail sales, selected major sectors, current prices, 2013
        • 2014 should be better
          • Figure 2: The Netherlands: Consumer confidence levels, May 2013-May 2014
        • Looking ahead
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
              • Figure 4: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
            • Inflation
              • Figure 5: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
              • Figure 6: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Grocers
              • Clothing retailing
                • Footwear retailing
                  • Multi-sector retailing
                    • Department stores
                      • DIY retailing
                        • Electrical retailing
                          • Home shopping
                          • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                            • Co-ops
                              • UK: Co-op
                                • …reveal results of a ‘disastrous’ year
                                  • …to lower prices on essential items
                                    • …to sell its British Farms
                                      • Convenience stores
                                        • UK: Nisa to trial new franchise strategy
                                          • Grocers
                                            • Belgium: Delhaize Group report 2.8% rise in sales in Q1
                                              • Denmark: Dansk Supermarked to launch e-receipts
                                                • France: Auchan to face legal action over the Rana Plaza collapse
                                                  • France: Carrefour
                                                    • …Q1 sales
                                                      • …to raise CEO age barrier
                                                        • France: Dia could sell French operations
                                                          • Germany: Edeka sales up 3.1% in 2013
                                                            • Germany: Kaiser’s Tengelmann to close stores
                                                              • Germany: Kaufland to invest in East German operations
                                                                • Germany: Schwarz Group revenue up 10% in 2013
                                                                  • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins sales rise 5.6% in Q1
                                                                    • Russian Federation: Dixy sales up 4% in Q1
                                                                      • Russian Federation: Magnit sales up 25% in Q1
                                                                        • Spain: DIA introduce share incentive plan
                                                                          • Spain: Eroski open new fresh produce logistics centre
                                                                            • Spain: Profits rise 4% for El Corte Inglés’ supermarkets
                                                                              • UK: Asda begins same day click and collect
                                                                                • UK: Grocery market growth hits 11 year low
                                                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                    • …sales fall 4.2% in first quarter
                                                                                      • …reduces prices across the board as it seeks to regain momentum
                                                                                        • …to extend online service to London
                                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury’s sales rise 2.8%
                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                              • …full year profits down
                                                                                                • …to expand its non-core offering
                                                                                                  • …slashes prices
                                                                                                    • …to launch own-brand smartphone
                                                                                                      • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                        • …sales up 6.5% in Q1
                                                                                                          • …to launch Saturday morning cookery show
                                                                                                            • Specialist food shops
                                                                                                              • UK: Greggs sales up 4% in Q1
                                                                                                                • UK: Thorntons sales fall 7.6% in Q3
                                                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                                                    • UK: Conviviality to acquire rival
                                                                                                                      • UK: Oddbins plans rapid expansion under new ownership
                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                          • France: Hermès sales rise 14.7% in Q1
                                                                                                                            • France: Primark opens second store in Paris
                                                                                                                              • Germany: Strenesse files for insolvency
                                                                                                                                • Italy: Benetton sales fall 10%
                                                                                                                                  • Italy: Prada warns growth in 2014 will be ‘single-digit’
                                                                                                                                    • Sweden: H&M announce Alexander Wang collaboration
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bershka looks to offload flagship
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Blue Inc chairman stands down
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Bonmarché sales up 10.4%
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry revenue up 19%
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Fat Face confirms London listing
                                                                                                                                                • UK: French Connection sales up 11%
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Lord Wolfson giving away his £4m bonus
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Whistles to launch debut menswear collection
                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: Macintosh Retail Group sales up 3.8% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kurt Geiger completes management buyout
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shoe Zone to float within the next month
                                                                                                                                                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Action to expand in German and French markets
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: B&M Bargains to refinance £585m of loans
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundland sales up 13.3%
                                                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • Finland: Stockman Group sales fall 7.6% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Argos to launch new ‘digital’ store in Manchester
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Retail sales climb 3% to £5.66 billion
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: M&S Q4 results
                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ireland: The Weston Group await decision on Arnotts bid
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Latvia: Debenhams enters Latvian market
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams sales up 1.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …chairman to step down
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales up 3.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Sanpower confirms House of Fraser deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis to launch first range of smart TVs
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Selfridges Birmingham to be redeveloped
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Austria: bauMax to reduce store numbers
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sweden: Clas Ohlson to open first store outside Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Travis Perkins sales up 15.6% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Samsung opens first stand-alone stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Media-Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …CEO resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to refocus around online channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BrightHouse chairman to step down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carphone Warehouse sales increase 2.3% in the fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fast Retailing considering Cath Kidston bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Finland: Verkkokauppa.com sales up 6% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: QVC to expand into France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Zalando revenue up 35% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Further strikes at Amazon Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ao.com announces 40% growth in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Amazon and Twitter launch digital shopping partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Barratts re-launches with new website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Marks and Spencer targeting improved online profitability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: N Brown reports operating profits up 4.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sit-Up falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: WHSmith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to open further retail franchises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …first half pre-tax profit up, like-for-like sales down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JD Sports reports 5.7% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sales up 10.3% in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to launch selling on credit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Bids for Kiddicare expected by the end of April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mothercare Q4 sales dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Retail sales fall in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department Stores Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Where next?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 7: Marks & Spencer, UK like-for-like growth, 2012/13, 2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 8: Marks & Spencer: Group financial performance, 2008/09-2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 9: Marks & Spencer store portfolio, September 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 10: Marks & Spencer: Estimated sales area breakdown, September 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 11: Marks & Spencer: Outlet data, 2008/09-2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Retail offering

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Action
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • AO World Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Arnotts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Auchan (Fr)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Bargain Booze Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • bauMax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Benetton (Italy)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Benetton Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Booker Cash & Carry Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Brantano (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Brighthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (BSkyB)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cantor Fitzgerald L.P.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cath Kidston Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Channel 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Citigroup Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Computer Warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cruise (Glasgow) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Debenhams UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Delhaize Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dixy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dixy Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Edeka Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • El Corte Inglés
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Eroski Food Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fat Face Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Food Lion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Galeries Lafayette (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Giraffe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • H. Weston & Sons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ITV plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jerónimo Martins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jones Apparel Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jones Bootmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kaufland (Romania)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kurt Geiger Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Macintosh Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Magnit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marks & Spencer (UK food)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Morrisons M Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Nisa (fascia) incl. Loco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Oddbins Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pingo Doce (hypermarkets)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Prada (I Pellettieri d'Italia S.p.A.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Primark/Penneys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • QVC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Samsung Electronics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Scapino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shoe Zone Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shu Uemura
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sit-up Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Stockmann Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tengelmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Toolstation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Twitter, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UBS Financial Services Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ulster Bank Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • USC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Verkkokauppa.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Victoria Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Whistles Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wickes Building Supplies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Zalando

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