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European Retail Briefing - May 2015

This month's ERB includes:

  • An analyst comment about the potential merger between Ahold and Delhaize.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.
  • A profile of Spar taken from our recently published Convenience store - April 2015 report.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Ahold and Delhaize
      • How do they compare?
        • Figure 1: Delhaize and Ahold, sales and outlets, 2014
      • And the fit?
        • Where are the benefits?
          • And the risks?
            • Who benefits?
            • European Retail Sales

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                  • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
                  • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 4: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
                  • Figure 5: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
              • Headlines for the Month

                • Grocers
                  • Clothing retailing
                    • DIY retailing
                      • Electrical retailing
                        • Home shopping
                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                          • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                            • Co-ops (retail)
                              • UK: Co-operative Food
                                • …members press for election overhaul
                                  • …says it cannot enhance commitment to Fairtrade
                                    • Convenience stores
                                      • UK: One Stop opens two in-store Subway concessions
                                        • Grocers
                                          • Belgium: Delhaize revenues rise 15.8%
                                            • Denmark: Dansk Supermarked sales rise 3.8%
                                              • France: Carrefour sales increase 6.2%
                                                • France: Casino’s sales up 5.3% in its first quarter
                                                  • Ireland: SuperValu becomes the biggest supermarket in Ireland
                                                    • Italy: Coop’s acquisition of Superconti approved
                                                      • Italy: Esselunga sales edge up 0.8%
                                                        • Italy: Lidl plots Italian expansion
                                                          • Netherlands: PLUS launches new food ranges
                                                            • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins posts 9.4% growth
                                                              • Slovenia: Mercator sales and profits fall in 2014
                                                                • Spain: DIA’s acquisition of Eroski stores approved
                                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                                    • …former boss receives £1m bonus
                                                                      • …Q1 sales down 1.1%
                                                                        • …to cut head office staff by a third
                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                            • …converting space to non-food
                                                                              • …gains Next’s former CFO
                                                                                • …reports first loss in ten years
                                                                                  • …to cut 800 in-store jobs
                                                                                    • UK: Supermarkets could face pricing probe
                                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                                        • …appoints Master of Wine
                                                                                          • …appoints new group brand director
                                                                                            • …expected to reveal new investment into pension scheme
                                                                                              • …rejects a bid for its South Korean assets
                                                                                                • …reports £6.4bn loss
                                                                                                  • …takes over full ownership of the Euphorium bakery chain
                                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                                      • UK: Community Store announces plans to expand in the UK
                                                                                                        • UK: Greggs sales grow 5.0% in Q1
                                                                                                          • UK: Holland & Barrett
                                                                                                            • …to open its first US stores
                                                                                                              • …opens first Free From store
                                                                                                                • UK: Majestic Wine acquires Naked Wines
                                                                                                                  • UK: Thorntons reports ‘mixed’ performance for Q3
                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                    • Clothing and footwear retailing
                                                                                                                      • Europe: Primark revenues rise 12%
                                                                                                                        • France: Auchan launches new-concept personalised tailors shop, Bouton Noir
                                                                                                                          • France: Vivarte announces a major restructuring programme
                                                                                                                            • Germany: Hugo Boss sales rise 9% in Q1
                                                                                                                              • Netherlands: Macintosh Group grows market share in Benelux
                                                                                                                                • Spain: Mango turnover rises 9.3%
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bonmarché has challenging fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Burberry revenues rise 9% in the second half of the year.
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Charles Tyrwhitt sales jump 20%
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Cuplé opens its first London store
                                                                                                                                          • UK: French Connection warns on sales and financial performance
                                                                                                                                            • UK: LK Bennett sales rise 4.4%
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Monsoon Accessorize suffers sales and profit decline
                                                                                                                                                • UK: N Brown sales flat on the year
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                    • …in takeover talks
                                                                                                                                                      • …eyed by investors
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Next
                                                                                                                                                          • …chief executive pledges to raise shopfloor wages
                                                                                                                                                            • …sales up 4.1% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shoe Zone fails to meet market expectations
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shoon
                                                                                                                                                                  • …bought out
                                                                                                                                                                    • …enters Company Voluntary Arrangement
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: SuperGroup posts 16.7% retail growth
                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Laura Ashely sales and profits rise in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare beginning to benefit from turnaround plan
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                • …sales reach £1bn
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …proposed purchase of 99p Store under scrutiny
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …purchase of 99p stores faces full investigation
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …brings forward review of 99p Stores deal
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundworld unveils new ecommerce website
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Tiger to open new store in Milton Keynes
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Woolworths staff lose compensation battle
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BHS to expand its food offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …like-for-like sales rise 1.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …losses widen in Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Harrods taken over by Samsung
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …achieves ‘record sales’
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …appoints Colin Elliot as new Financial Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Liberty owner shows interest in Ben Sherman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis launches recruitment drive for 850 new roles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Bricorama suffers sales decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Leroy Merlin launches second-hand tool sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Mr Bricolage launches DIY rental site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Travis Perkins consumer division reports sales growth of 8.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Fnac sales grow by 0.5% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Dixons Carphone offloads The Phone House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Media-Saturn acquires live shopping platform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Metro Group reports strongest like-for-like growth in 7 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: Dixons Carphone exits the Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Apple revenues grow 27.2% in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: BrightHouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reveals new business practises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …unveils ambitious growth plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carphone Warehouse to launch new mobile network iD next week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Maplin reports strongest sales growth in seven years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Phones4U creditors to receive 0.4p per pound owed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture and homeware retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carpetright sales grow 5.4% in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm Chairman to stand down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ikea UK sees profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: ScS reports mixed Q3 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: Cnova widens losses in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Sephora launches click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Vente-privee opens wine and food distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Zalando posts best ever first quarter results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Rewe launches online wine store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Rocket Internet posts €20.2m loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ireland: Zalando opens new technology hub in Dublin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boden announces shoppable digital catalogue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Boohoo sales soar 27% in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Farfetch to use investment to drive growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Home Retail Group full-year sales edge up 1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hut Group announces 39% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Made.com in funding talks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mr Porter develops sportswear offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Net-a-Porter announces new shoppable social network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches Apple Watch grocery app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …patents robots for picking and packing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: WH Smith high street sales suffer again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toy retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Hornby expects to post first profit in three years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Intersport turnover up 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Evans Cycles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …close to purchase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …acquired by ECI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JD Sports revenues climb 25%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pet goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Pets at Home sales grow 9.6% in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Like-for-like retail sales rise 3.2% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales rise 4.1% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Convenience Stores – Spar UK Ltd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Services to fulfil a variety of shopper missions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Franchise partners and local suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • New foodservice counter concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Forecourt expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Own brand drive success
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Increased online activity to engage with consumers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 6: Spar UK Ltd: Group financial performance, 2010/11-2014/15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 7: Spar UK Ltd: Outlet data, 2010/11-2014/15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Retail offering

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 99p Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Agrokor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Apax Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Auchan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Auchan (Fr)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bartle Bogle Hegarty (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BeGrand.net
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ben Sherman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boden UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Brantano (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bricorama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Brighthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carrefour Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cdiscount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Christie-Tyler Furniture Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Compass Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Competition Commission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Coop Italia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cotswold Outdoor Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Debenhams UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Delhaize Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dia Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dixons Carphone pro-forma merged group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dunnes Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ECI Ventures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Esselunga
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Evans Cycles UK Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fnac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Giraffe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Grupo Eroski
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Holland & Barrett Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hornby plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hugo Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Intersport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports - Fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jerónimo Martins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jones Bootmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kookaï
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Leroy Merlin (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Liberty Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • LK Bennett Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Macintosh Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Made.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Magasin du Nord
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mango Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Maplin Electronics Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mercator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Monoprix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Monsoon Accessorize Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mr. Bricolage Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Musgrave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Naked Wines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Norma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ocado Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • One Stop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Oxford Industries, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • PAI Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • PC World (DSG UK Computing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Permira Advisers Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pets at Home Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Phones 4U Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pingo Doce (Portugal)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Plus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Poundworld Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Primark/Penneys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Rewe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sainsbury's Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Samsung Electronics (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ScS Upholstery Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sephora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sephora France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shoe Zone Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shoon Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Subway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Superquinn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • SuperValu (Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Co-operative Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fairtrade Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Hut Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Jessops Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Thomas Cook Group PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Three UK Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tiger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Vente Privee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Vivarte
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wickes Building Supplies Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Woolworths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Zalando

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