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European Retail Briefing - November 2009

European Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis that includes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & A activities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally each month, European Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific European retail sector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, making this an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the European retail industry.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Edeka goes premium
      • Creating differentiation
        • Premium, but not stuck up
          • A gap in the market
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Food retailers
              • Clothing retailers
                • Multi-sector
                  • Department stores
                    • Carpet retailers
                      • Furniture retailing
                        • Home shopping
                          • Health and beauty
                            • Luxury goods
                            • Retail Sales Review

                              • Key points
                                • France
                                  • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2008-09
                                • Germany
                                  • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2008- 09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2008-09
                                • Italy
                                  • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2008-09
                                • Netherlands
                                  • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2008-09
                                • Spain
                                  • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2008-09
                                • UK
                                  • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
                              • Clothing Retailers in Europe

                                  • European market size
                                      • Figure 13: Europe: Estimated consumer spending on clothing, by country, 2008
                                    • Clothing specialists’ sales
                                        • Figure 14: Europe: Estimated specialist clothing retailers’ sales, 2007 and 2008
                                      • Leading retailers
                                        • Leading specialist clothing retailers
                                            • Figure 15: Europe: Top 20 clothing retailers in Europe, 2008/09
                                          • Esprit
                                            • Figure 16: Esprit: Sales as share of clothing specialists’ sales in Europe, 2004-08
                                          • History
                                            • Financial performance
                                                • Figure 17: Esprit: Group financial performance, 2004/05-2008/09
                                                • Figure 18: Esprit: Sales performance, by channel and region, 2004/05-2008/09
                                              • Store portfolio
                                                  • Figure 19: Esprit: Outlet data, 2005-09
                                                  • Figure 20: Esprit: Store network, by region and type, June 2009
                                                • Retail offering
                                                  • Market positioning
                                                    • Brands and product offer
                                                      • Figure 21: Esprit product offer, 2009
                                                      • Figure 22: Esprit: Product mix, 2008/09
                                                    • Pricing
                                                      • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                      • News Analysis

                                                        • Co-ops (retail)
                                                          • UK: Co-op posts H1 profit increase
                                                            • Grocers
                                                              • Belgium: Colruyt to focus on French expansion
                                                                • Belgium: Delhaize records Q3 profit rise
                                                                  • France: Carrefour to withdraw from Russia, reports challenging Q3
                                                                    • France: Casino Q3 sales down
                                                                      • Germany: Lidl to launch its own online DVD rental service
                                                                        • Netherlands: Ahold Q3 sales up 4.3%
                                                                          • Netherlands: Jumbo wins Super de Boer race
                                                                            • Portugal: Jeronimo Martins reports jump in Q3 profits
                                                                              • Russian Federation: Dixy sales jump 15%
                                                                                • Russian Federation: Magnit
                                                                                  • …posts 31% sales rise
                                                                                    • …raises $527 through share offer
                                                                                      • …returns to profit
                                                                                        • Spain: Mercadona plans €700 million investment in Catalonia
                                                                                          • Sweden: Axfood reports solid results
                                                                                            • Sweden: ICA results improve in Q3
                                                                                              • UK: Morrisons asks suppliers for support
                                                                                                • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                  • …to create 1,000 jobs in bank division
                                                                                                    • …to invest £3 million in senior staff development
                                                                                                      • Off-licences
                                                                                                        • UK: First Quench
                                                                                                          • …on the brink of administration
                                                                                                            • …plunges into administration
                                                                                                              • …to close 373 Threshers stores
                                                                                                                • …circled by potential buyers
                                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                    • Germany: Escada sold to Megha Mittal
                                                                                                                      • Italy: Max Mara profits almost halve
                                                                                                                        • Sweden: H&M sees LFLs fall in September
                                                                                                                          • UK: Arcadia profits increase 13%
                                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry enjoys revenue boost
                                                                                                                              • UK: Green plans major Bhs overhaul
                                                                                                                                • UK: Matalan ponders £1.5 billion sale
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Primark LFLs up 7%
                                                                                                                                    • UK: TM Lewin posts record results
                                                                                                                                      • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Home Retail Group H1 profit up
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Instore H1 losses narrow
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare
                                                                                                                                              • …LFLs up 4.1%
                                                                                                                                                • …signs deal for Indian expansion
                                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • Finland: Kesko Q3 profit down 9%
                                                                                                                                                      • France: PPR sales down 7.6%
                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Metro
                                                                                                                                                          • …loses interest in Karstadt acquisition
                                                                                                                                                            • …plots Cash & Carry stores in Kazakhstan
                                                                                                                                                              • …reports solid Q3 results
                                                                                                                                                                • …could scrap Karstadt purchase plan
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches climate change campaign
                                                                                                                                                                      • …plots food sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                        • …posts solid results, to sell brands in stores
                                                                                                                                                                          • …to increase sales with online food offering
                                                                                                                                                                            • …to unveil overhauled website
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Next sales beat expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Finland: Stockmann pre-tax profit narrows
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Italy: Gruppo Coin circles rival Upim
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …chairman to leave
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …enjoys profit boost
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to restart refurbishment plan
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Harrods to sell gold bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis posts online sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Liberty posts "strong" July sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kingfisher demands better terms from landlords
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carpetright reports better-than-expected H1 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Floors-2-Go seeks funds for expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BrightHouse LFLs up 9.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dunelm enjoys LFLs increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Habitat could be put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Otto Group to focus on e-sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Quelle to close
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Amazon sales and profits up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Flying Brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …raises £1.76 million through share placing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sales down 2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: N Brown posts 13% profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop Direct warns rival Alworths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Belgium: Omega Pharma posts solid Q3 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Celesio writes down pharmacy assets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …loses out in Swedish auction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …buys back debt at a discount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts 11.6% revenue boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Body Shop LFLs down 0.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …posts mixed results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …confident about Christmas 2009 season
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Blacks Leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …H1 loss widens to £18 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …proposes CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JJB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports £100 million fundraising success
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …shareholder sells 22 million shares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …quashes fund raising cancellation rumours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct to lose largest stakeholding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Aurum agrees refinancing, posts solid results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Signet posts sales decrease
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Hermes Q3 revenue up 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Louis Vuitton plans international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Greetings cards retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Clinton Cards results improve in Q2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  European Retail Briefing - November 2009

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