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European Retail Briefing - November 2011

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

    • European retailers hoping for a Merry Christmas
      • What we’ve seen
        • Consumer confidence
          • Figure 1: Comparison of consumer confidence in the major European economies, January 2007-October 2011
        • Germany
          • Figure 2: Non-seasonally adjusted real terms retail sales growth, January 2010-September 2011
        • France
          • Figure 3: Non-seasonally adjusted real terms retail sales growth, January 2010-August 2011
        • UK
          • Figure 4: Non-seasonally adjusted real terms retail sales growth, January 2010-October 2011
        • Italy
          • Figure 5: Non-seasonally adjusted real terms retail sales growth, January 2010-August 2011
        • Spain
          • Figure 6: Non-seasonally adjusted real terms retail sales growth, January 2010-September 2011
        • What it means
        • Retail Sales Review

          • Key points
            • France
              • Figure 7: France: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
            • Inflation
              • Figure 8: France: Inflation, 2010-11
            • Germany
              • Figure 9: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
            • Inflation
              • Figure 10: Germany: Inflation, 2010-11
            • Italy
              • Figure 11: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
            • Inflation
              • Figure 12: Italy: Inflation, 2010-11
            • Netherlands
              • Figure 13: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
            • Inflation
              • Figure 14: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2010-11
            • Spain
              • Figure 15: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
            • Inflation
              • Figure 16: Spain: Inflation, 2010-11
            • UK
              • Figure 17: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
            • Inflation
              • Figure 18: UK: Annual percentage change in Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2010-11
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Grocers
              • Clothing retailers
                • Footwear retailing
                  • Multi-sector retailing
                    • Department stores
                      • DIY retailing
                        • Electricals retailing
                          • Furniture retailing
                            • Home shopping
                              • Health and beauty retailing
                              • News Analysis

                                • Grocers
                                  • Bulgaria: Delhaize to expand Piccadilly chain
                                    • France: Carrefour cuts profits forecast again
                                      • France: Casino
                                        • …in C-store deal with Post Office
                                          • …opens Cdiscount Outlet in Paris
                                            • …reveals strong Q3 growth
                                              • France: Leclerc unveils ethical label
                                                • Germany: Aldi Nord to remodel itself
                                                  • Germany: Lidl changes criteria for expansion in Germany
                                                    • Germany: Penny to shut local stores
                                                      • Hungary: Aldi reveals short-term expansion plans
                                                        • Italy: Billa Italia sold
                                                          • Netherlands: Spar opens in the Middle East
                                                            • Portugal: Continente and Worten lead retail ranks
                                                              • Portugal: Jeronimo Martins Q3 profit up 21%
                                                                • Romania: Delhaize rebrands all Red Market outlets
                                                                  • Russian Federation: X5 Retail cuts forecast despite Q3 rise
                                                                    • Spain: Eroski to add franchise outlets
                                                                      • Sweden: Ahold names new CEO at ICA
                                                                        • UK: Morrisons, Waitrose and the discounters lead market share rises
                                                                          • UK: Asda and Morrisons cut pricing as grocery war continues
                                                                            • UK: Asda Income Tracker: Families £15 a week worse off in September
                                                                              • UK: Asda
                                                                                • …£5 'thank you' offer hailed success
                                                                                  • …outperforms market for first time since 2009
                                                                                    • …partners Farmfoods for Iceland bid
                                                                                      • …partners with cookery school Leiths
                                                                                        • …price war to target Argos next
                                                                                          • …reviews the future of four Living stores
                                                                                            • UK: Booths
                                                                                              • …eyes 10 new stores in Northwest
                                                                                                • …reveals flat sales
                                                                                                  • UK: Iceland
                                                                                                    • …bids fall short of asking price
                                                                                                      • …chief in talks with Blackstone over bid
                                                                                                        • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                          • …ad banned for encouraging pester power
                                                                                                            • …like-for-likes rise 2.4%
                                                                                                              • …uses pop-up restaurant to trial M Kitchen range
                                                                                                                • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                                  • …acquires online entertainment business
                                                                                                                    • …launches 20 by 20 scheme
                                                                                                                      • …profits rise
                                                                                                                        • …reveals paralympics branding
                                                                                                                          • …to extend Brand Match across UK
                                                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                              • …Big Price Drop claimed to be misleading
                                                                                                                                • …former boss returns with bid for supplier
                                                                                                                                  • …incurs the wrath of hairdressers
                                                                                                                                    • …launches in-store beauty boutiques
                                                                                                                                      • …launches second Big Clubcard Voucher Exchange
                                                                                                                                        • …to launch beauty offer online
                                                                                                                                          • UK: The Co-op plans to launch online
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                                              • …introduces loyalty card
                                                                                                                                                • …to install self-service in stores
                                                                                                                                                  • Food specialists
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Greggs to trial motorway services
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Thorntons FD to leave company
                                                                                                                                                        • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Adnams increases retail offering with 2 new stores
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Oddbins plots comeback strategy
                                                                                                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • France: PPR to acquire menswear brand Brioni
                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Puma reports strong Q3
                                                                                                                                                                    • Spain: Abercrombie & Fitch to open Spanish store
                                                                                                                                                                      • Sweden: H&M like-for-like sales fall 7%
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Alexon to rebrand as Irisa Group
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: All Saints full year profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Aurora launches first multi-brand international website
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Austin Reed sees losses widen
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bastyan to open in West End
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bonmarché to expand internationally
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Burberry sales up 30%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: H&M brands Monki and Cheap Monday open first UK standalones
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Hobbs profits rise on record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jack Wills sees profits rise as it focuses on US expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jaeger launches first menswear standalone store
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Karen Millen to expand in China
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: La Senza to open four stores in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: M&Co builds wind turbine to power stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Matalan
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …downgraded
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …remains cautious after falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mothercare chief executive to leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Next Directory Q3 sales offset weak store sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Primark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches in Selfridges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches new flagship in Metrocentre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …profits fall 8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: River Island
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches international shipping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to open first accessories-only store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: SuperGroup sales slow with warehouse glitch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Topshop to launch mobile site as mobile sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: USC puts third of stores up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Clarks' profits fall due to rising costs and promos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jones plans click and collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kurt Geiger reports rising EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: LVMH reports 18% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Marks & Spencer launch French site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Metro Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …boss to exit next year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …hit by another departure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports increased earnings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …suspends Media Markt’s chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Marks & Spencer half-year profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Retail profits dragged down by Argos again
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches kidswear range with Emma Bunton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches TV shopping on Freesat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: 99p Stores reopens former Hub store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …-owner eyes Nordic counterpart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …profit up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundstretcher sees profit after six years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Wilkinson launch premium range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Home Bargain profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Halfords profits fall 20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jollyes profits up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kiddicare plans superstore roll-out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The White Company opens its first travel shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mothercare chief executive to leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Kaufhof receives bid from shipping investor according to reports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …acquires Bhs managing director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches its first catalogue to drive online sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …profits rise 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fenwick reports pre-tax profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Harrods passes £1bn sales barrier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: House of Fraser launches .com store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches £6m Christmas campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches 'Made in UK' product push
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …opts out of regeneration scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Liberty first half sales rise as it plans major revamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Praktiker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …posts €26m Q3 net loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reveals revenues fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Robert Dyas sale put on hold until after Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Wickes like-for-likes fall 2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Switzerland: Metro's Media-Saturn plans web-shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Best Buy UK to close big box stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BrightHouse profits up 22%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …could see Peter Jones join as chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sold for £2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Richer Sounds beats high street squeeze
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Blockbuster UK reports falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Game launches new payment system
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sweden: Ikea to stop stocking branded foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carpetright sales continue to fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: DFS profits rise 11.4% as sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Multiyork chairman and CEO to exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mydeco.com to launch transactional site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The Range revamps website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Norway: Komplett reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …given go-ahead by OFT for Book Depository acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …Black Friday campaign is back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …half year profits up 66%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports slowing UK growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales affected by high street bargains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BrandAlley reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Chain Reaction seeks out-of-town locations in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ebay predicts surge in m-commerce sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: N Brown reports rising profits but warns of consumer wariness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …profit margins 'could beat big four mults'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to launch savings pass card as shoppers look for bargains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: QVC opens pop-up in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …hires former Clarks finance director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …plans to launch Very overseas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sets up discount website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Wiggle to appoint UBS ahead of potential float
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Feelunique.com reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Celesio CFO to resign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Schlecker expects further losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Russian Federation: Pharmacy 36.6 reports wider first half loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …considers acquisition of care firm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …first half sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Lush considers London for biggest ever store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Primark launches new flagship in Metrocentre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Clintons suffers profit loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …like-for-like fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports higher profits from travel performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Blacks like-for-likes fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JJB reports falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct reports rising profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Watches of Switzerland launches transactional website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Toys R Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …prepares for Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sees profits fall at end of year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: German retail sales rise slightly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …calls on Chancellor to tackle 2012 business rates in pre-Budget statement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …October retail like-for-likes fall 0.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …Retail sales improve marginally in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Consumer confidence falls in October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Food prices in Britain rise by second most in EU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Inflation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …falls due to supermarket price wars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …rises to three-year high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Online grocery market to double in five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Online retail searches rise 35% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ONS: Retail sales rise 5.4% in value in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Scottish retail sales improve slightly in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Westfield Group plans third London shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Capital Shopping Centres warns of slow growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Clothing Retailing in Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 19: H&M Hennes & Mauritz: European sales as share of clothing specialists’ sales in Europe, 2006-10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Recent history
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 20: H&M Hennes & Mauritz: Group financial performance, 2005/06-2009/10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • First half 2010/11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 21: H&M Hennes & Mauritz: Outlet data, 2005/06-2009/10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • e-commerce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • 99p Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Abercrombie & Fitch Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Acer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Adnams plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ahold Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alexon Brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • All Saints
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alldays Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Alliance Boots UK Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Allied Irish Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Apax Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Associated British Foods Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Auchan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Aurum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Austin Reed Group Ltd (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bain Capital LLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Banana Republic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Barclays Bank plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BC Partners Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bensons Bed Centres Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Best Buy Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Birthdays Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Blackstone Group (The)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Blockbuster Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brakes Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BrandAlley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brantano (Group)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bridgepoint Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brighthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Bookshops and Stationers Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (BSkyB)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Brown Thomas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Bulgari S.p.A. [Bvlgari]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Burton old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Buy Buy Baby Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • C&J Clark Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Canon Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpetright Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carrefour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Celesio Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Claire's Accessories
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Clinton Cards Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Comet Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Conad Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Conforama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Coop Italia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cruise (Glasgow) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Darty France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Debenhams Total (GTV)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Delhaize Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Delhaize Romania
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Della Femina Rothschild Jeary and Partners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Delta Maxi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Diesel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Dish Network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Duke Street Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • E Leclerc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Early Learning Centre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • eBay Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • EH Booth & Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • El Corte Inglés
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Esselunga
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Facebook, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Farmfoods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Feelunique.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fenwick Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Fnac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Gfk NOP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Goldsmiths Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Greencore Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Grupo Eroski
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Gucci Group N.V.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Haier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hewlett-Packard Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hobbs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Hub Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ICA Gruppen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Iceland Foods Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Institute of Grocery Distribution
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Isis Asset Management PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • ITV plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jack Wills Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jasper Conran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jerónimo Martins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • JJB Sports Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jones Bootmaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • JPMorgan Invest LLC (BrownCo)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kantar Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Karen Millen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kaufhof
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Komplett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kopeyka
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kraft Foods Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kurt Geiger Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • La Senza Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Landsbanki Islands Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Leiths School of Food and Wine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Liberty Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lion Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lloyds Banking Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Lush Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • M&S Mode Belgium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Macintosh Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mackays Stores Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mappin & Webb Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Max Bahr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • MetroCentre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Monsoon Accessorize Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Montres Rolex S.A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Moto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Multiyork Furniture Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nielsen Media Research, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nikon UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Nintendo Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Oasis Fashions Ltd - UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Oddbins Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Office of Fair Trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Omega Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Peacock Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Penny - Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pets at Home Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pharmacy Chain 36.6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Philips Consumer Electronics UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pingo Doce (Portugal)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Poundstretcher Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Praktiker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Primark Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pringle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • PUMA AG Rudolf Dassler Sport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • PZ Cussons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • QVC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ralph Lauren Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Research In Motion Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Rewe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Richer Sounds Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • River Island Clothing Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Robert Dyas Holdings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Samsung Electronics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Samsung Electronics (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Saturn Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Schlecker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • SEB S.A.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • SFI Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sony (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports Direct UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • SuperGroup Plc (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • TAG Heuer International SA 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tempo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Book Depository Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Booksellers Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Carphone Warehouse Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Entertainer (Amersham) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fragrance Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Hollister Co.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Hut Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Times Newspaper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Thorntons Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • TJ Morris Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toolstation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topshop old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toys R Us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Trafford Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Travis Perkins PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Travis Perkins Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Twitter, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UBS AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Umbro International Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Uniq Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • USC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Viyella
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wade Furniture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Watches of Switzerland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Whistles Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Woolworths Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Worten
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • X5 Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • YouTube, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Yves Saint Laurent

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    European Retail Briefing - November 2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    £295.00 (Excl.Tax)