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European Retail Briefing - November 2017

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on Amazon and gaining momentum
  • An overview of the latest European Retail sales 
  • Highlights of the latest Retail trend observations across Europe.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Amazon – Gaining Momentum

      • What it’s been doing
        • Amazon’s strategy
          • Prime
            • Products
              • Food
                • It tries anything
                  • Achilles heel?
                    • And most important of all – customers like it
                      • Where next?
                      • European Retail Sales

                        • Key points
                          • Retail sales
                              • Figure 1: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2016-17
                              • Figure 2: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2016-17
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 3: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2016-17
                              • Figure 4: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2016-17
                          • Innovation and Launch Activity

                            • France: Carrefour lets customers deliver groceries
                              • Germany: Zalando launches gift guide chatbot
                                • Netherlands: Jumbo launches weekend florist initiative
                                  • Belgium: Parcify trials delivery straight to customer’s kitchens
                                    • Belgium: Delhaize opens store rooftop farm
                                      • Japan: Amazon opens bar in Tokyo
                                        • International: Amazon introduces teenager-friendly shopping
                                          • International: IKEA debuts furniture line for pets
                                            • International: Tommy Hilfiger extends disability friendly clothing range
                                              • US: Amazon launches in-house delivery
                                              • Headlines for the Month

                                                • Co-ops
                                                  • Grocers
                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                      • Department stores
                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                          • Online shopping
                                                          • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                            • Co-ops
                                                              • Italy: Coop Sicilia and Coop Eridana to merge with Coop Alleanza 3.0
                                                                • Switzerland: Coop Switzerland releases reusable produce bags
                                                                  • UK: Nisa recommends the Co-op takeover offer to its members
                                                                    • Grocers
                                                                      • Austria: METRO opens carbon neutral store
                                                                        • Belgium: Lidl Belgium launches online pick-up service
                                                                          • France: Auchan
                                                                            • …opens new store format Auchanbio
                                                                              • …installs click-and-collect lockers in car park
                                                                                • France: Carrefour
                                                                                  • …group sales up despite decline in France
                                                                                    • …launches optician chain
                                                                                      • France: Groupe Casino sees sales rise by 3.4%
                                                                                        • Germany: Aldi Nord and Süd introduce gift cards
                                                                                          • Germany: Aldi Süd
                                                                                            • …launches new car sharing service
                                                                                              • …trials electric and gas powered trucks
                                                                                                • Germany: METRO ends year with 1.6% sales growth
                                                                                                  • Italy: Penny Market to open seven new supermarkets
                                                                                                    • Lithuania: ICA Gruppen’s acquisition of IKI approved
                                                                                                      • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize operating income up 40.5% in Q3
                                                                                                        • Portugal: Continente sets up DIY brand
                                                                                                          • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins profits fall 43%
                                                                                                            • Russia: Revenues fall 8.3% at Dixy Group
                                                                                                              • Russia: X5 sales rise by nearly a quarter
                                                                                                                • Spain: DIA Group sales edge up 1.5%
                                                                                                                  • Sweden: ICA launches Halloween fruit and veg alternatives
                                                                                                                    • UK: Aldi reveals wine advent calendar
                                                                                                                      • UK: Asda names Roger Burnley as new CEO
                                                                                                                        • UK: Morrisons sales rise for eighth consecutive quarter
                                                                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                                            • …cuts 2,000 jobs
                                                                                                                              • …expands one hour delivery
                                                                                                                                • …launches grab & go van
                                                                                                                                  • …sales up 17%
                                                                                                                                    • …sets up record label
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Tesco launches Christmas advert alongside charity pledge
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Waitrose trials packaging made from tomato plants
                                                                                                                                          • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Conviviality retail sales up 10%
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Majestic Wine appoints new non-executive director
                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                                                                • France: Kering revenues increase by 23.2%
                                                                                                                                                  • France: LVMH revenues grow
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: AllSaints sales increase by 20% whilst profits fall
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                                                        • …chief creative officer to leave the company
                                                                                                                                                          • …revenues rise 9%
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: FatFace record fall in profits despite increase in revenue
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: French Connection to start selling affordable bridalwear
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Jigsaw seeks new ownership
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Matalan sales rise in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Next sales rise thanks to online performance
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Peter Werth to close all physical stores
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Primark sales soar 19%
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: QUIZ sees strong growth
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: River Island unveils first unisex kidswear collection
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sales up at Coast and Oasis
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Superdry retail up 12.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ted Baker retail sales grow
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Zara sales rise whilst profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Footasylum to float on AIM
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shoe Zone revenues fall in 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Multi-sector

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Finland: Kesko reports an 8.7% growth in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Globus increases turnover by 6.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Argos increases Fast Track capabilities with new fulfilment centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Flying Tiger Copenhagen sees former owner return
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Halfords profits fall 9.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mothercare to look at cutting up to 200 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …clothing director leaves for White Stuff
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …potentially to close more stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to start selling mortgages
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sales rise 2.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Travelodge opens in Intu shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Signa Holding makes bid for Galeria Kaufhof
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …profits fall by 44.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to launch instore gyms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Harrods profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis launches ‘concierge’ shopping experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Liberty sales, footfall and profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Selfridges sales increase by 16%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bunnings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sales fell by 17.5% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to open 100 UK stores over five to eight years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Travis Perkins sees sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Fnac Darty sales increase by 5.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Ceconomy sales edged up 0.6% in 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carphone Warehouse collaborates with Goji and Nails Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright sales up by 1.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm profits and sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Range to open beach-themed store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Amazon Prime launched in Belgium and the Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Showroomprivé opens click and collect in Conforma stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …adds Adidas shoe personalisation tool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ...revenues up as it enters the beauty market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Zooplus sales increase 22% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ireland: Everseen trials checkout free store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Italy: Yoox Net-A-Porter Q3 revenues up 17.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …expands Dash button range to more than 100 brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …introduces Amazon Prime Villages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to open pop-up Black Friday shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …teams up Booths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …introduces try before you buy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches same-day delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …profits and sales soar thanks to weak pound
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Feelunique starts same-day delivery in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: N Brown profits stagnate whilst revenue rises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Rakuten expands European loyalty program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & beauty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: dm-drogerie markt reports a positive year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: LloydsPharmacy to close 190 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Paperchase profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: WH Smith travel section boosts growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Adidas revenues increase by 9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Cotswold Outdoors profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Go Outdoors sales rise 5.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct prepares for triathlon store rollout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pets and pet products retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Just for Pets bought by PRS Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …footfall drops for September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …September retail sales growth driven by clothes and food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …shop price deflation remains low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …worst performance of non-food sales since 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: inflation at highest point for five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: ONS shows positive retail figures for September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Unilever, Mars and and Reckitt Benckiser to sell direct to consumer

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