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European Retail Briefing - May 2016

This month ERB includes:

  • Analyst comment on Amazon's recent performance.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • A profile of DIY chain, OBI. This is taken from our recently published DIY Retailing - Europe, May 2016 report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Amazon
      • Sales
        • Profits and North America
          • Profits and international
            • Where next?
              • And what about food?
              • European Retail Sales

                • Key points
                    • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2014-16
                    • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2014-16
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2015-16
                    • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2015-16
                • Headlines for the Month

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

                            • Convenience stores
                              • UK: Nisa Retail reports 4.9% growth
                                • UK: One Stop launches biggest ever marketing campaign
                                  • UK: Spar trials Holland & Barrett offer
                                    • Grocers
                                      • Belgium: Delhaize revenues increase 5.7%
                                        • France: Carrefour Q1 sales rise 3.8%
                                          • France: Casino Group sales rise 2.8% in France
                                            • France: Colruyt launches revamped website
                                              • France: E Leclerc launches sports e-commerce business
                                                • Germany: Edeka sales rise 2.7%
                                                  • Italy: Coralis launches first store under new local concept
                                                    • Netherlands: Albert Heijn ensures stores are ‘dementia-friendly’
                                                      • Portugal: El Corte Inglés opens first Bio & Natural store
                                                        • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins sales rise 5.9%
                                                          • Spain: Lidl increases sales of fresh produce
                                                            • Spain: Tesco partners with El Corte Inglés
                                                              • UK: Asda
                                                                • …announces Umbro tie-up
                                                                  • …partners with celebrity chef in new marketing push
                                                                    • …store introduces ‘quiet hour’ for autistic shoppers
                                                                      • …to review price promotions following CMA probe
                                                                        • UK: Grocery sales edge up 0.1% in April
                                                                          • UK: Iceland expands Food Warehouse format
                                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                                              • …to begin selling food on Amazon 'imminently'
                                                                                • …Q1 like-for-like sales rise 0.7%
                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                    • …hires 150 digital experts
                                                                                      • …like-for-like sales slip 0.9%
                                                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                                                          • …scraps double Clubcard points event
                                                                                            • …trials automated shopping app
                                                                                              • …progress is reflected in a return to growth
                                                                                                • …to accept Sainsbury’s Brand Match coupons
                                                                                                  • UK: The Co-operative Food
                                                                                                    • …completes Somerfield store sale
                                                                                                      • …to streamline store portfolio
                                                                                                        • UK: The Southern Co-operative
                                                                                                          • …reports 4.7% growth
                                                                                                            • …ups sustainability with 100% LED lighting
                                                                                                              • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                • …ends premium pay rates for new employees
                                                                                                                  • …uses live farm footage in campaign
                                                                                                                    • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                                                      • UK: Conviviality to acquire wholesaler Bibendum
                                                                                                                        • UK: Greggs sales rise 5.7%
                                                                                                                          • UK: Hotel Chocolat sets share price at upper end of guidance
                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                            • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                              • Germany: Hugo Boss sales dip in 'difficult global market'
                                                                                                                                • Italy: Primark opens the doors to first Italian store
                                                                                                                                  • Switzerland: Charles Vögele sales fall 11%
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Associated British Foods profits rise 4%
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Austin Reed
                                                                                                                                        • …files intention to appoint administrator
                                                                                                                                          • …bought out by Alteri Investors
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry retail sales flat against 'challenging' backdrop
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Hackett unveils relaunched website
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Joules and The Range reveal flotation plans
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: LK Bennett reports 1.8% decline in turnover
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mothercare
                                                                                                                                                      • …implements early supplier payment options
                                                                                                                                                        • …makes further improvement in the UK
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Moss Bros and Joules among those eyeing Austin Reed stores
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Next full-price sales fall 0.9% amid cold spring weather
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Oasis relaunches mobile app
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Pep & Co eyes 15 store expansion
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Reiss owner sells majority stake to fund expansion
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: River Island launches its own activewear range
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topshop searches for the latest in wearable technology
                                                                                                                                                                        • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jones Bootmaker to downsize store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • Netherlands: Blokker to invest €100m transforming its store estate
                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Hema's sales rise 4.1% in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Home Retail Group reports £807.8m loss
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Marks and Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …eyes new talent with Graduate Fashion Week sponsorship
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to restructure womenswear teams
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …like-for-like sales slip 3.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …opens first ‘& More’ store
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Range considers German entry
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Wilko implements new online strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bhs
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …expected to file for administration today
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …receives interest from potential bidders
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …receives interest in certain stores from B&M
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams GTV rises 1.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …owner considers selling stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports first pre-tax profit in 10 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Travis Perkins consumer sales grow in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Wesfarmers cuts 20% of Homebase jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Conforama makes last effort in Darty acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Fnac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …acquires the majority of Darty shares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …raises Darty bid as Conforama ups shareholding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …rising sales offset by currency affects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …invests in augmented reality business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …secures £100m loan facility
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Jessops unveil plans for 15 new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carpetright like-for-like growth slows in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture and homeware retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bathstore opens first international shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …announces location of first city centre store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to open in Westfield Stratford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: ScS orders increase 9.1% like-for-like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sofology recovers in 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Steinhoff profits jump 32%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Tiger heads underground for Tube station store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Vente-privee acquires Spanish e-commerce site Privalia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Zalando revenues rise by over a fifth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Prime Now launches in Surrey
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …ties up with Barclays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: ASOS reveals 21% rise in revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Boohoo revenues surge 40%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: CitySprint expands ‘on the dot’ service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Farfetch raises fresh round of funding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Gear4Music full year revenues surge 46%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Missguided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …expands with affordable bridal range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …poised for first high street store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Morrisons to begin selling food on Amazon 'imminently'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: N Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …revenues rise but profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …set to invest in an innovation incubator programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Very Exclusive to enter premium menswear market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: LloydsPharmacy may have to sell stores to push through Sainsbury’s deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: WH Smith total group sales up 4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Go Outdoors explores potential sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Halfords retail sales rise 3.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JD Sports Fashion profits surge 45%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …tables bid for Austin Reed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to open Flannels flagship on Oxford Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Mike Ashley considers Bhs offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Garden centres and pet products retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Wyevale tables £175m bid for Dobbies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Pets at Home revenues rise 2.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Birmingham Bullring launches new pop-up space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Centre:MK to benefit from £10m investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Footfall declines 2.7% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Westfield trials personal shopping through interactive mirrors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Retail sales fall 0.5% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Retail sales fall 0.9% as clothing demand weakens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail sales flat in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop prices fall following slump in clothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • DIY Retailing – Europe, May 2016 – OBI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • bauMax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Where next?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Outlook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 5: OBI: Group financial performance, 2010-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 6: OBI: Outlet data, 2010-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 7: OBI: Sales per outlet, sales per sq m, 2010-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Retail offering

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