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European Retail Briefing - October 2009

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Gruppo Coin reportedly interested in a UK launch
      • Precious little room for another department store
        • Not much of a gap for OVS either
          • Cross border trading
          • Headlines of the Month

            • Food retailing
              • Clothing
                • Department stores
                  • DIY
                    • Electricals and games retailers
                      • Furniture
                        • Home shopping
                          • Miscellaneous
                          • Retail Sales Review

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

                                • The Turkish retail scene
                                  • Turkey in figures
                                    • Population
                                      • Figure 13: Turkey: Population trends, 2003-07
                                      • Figure 14: Turkey: Population, by age group and gender, 2007
                                      • Figure 15: Turkey: Population of major cities and towns, 2006
                                    • Economy
                                      • Figure 16: Turkey: Gross domestic product, 1998-2007
                                      • Figure 17: Turkey: Consumer prices, 2003-07
                                      • Figure 18: Detailed breakdown of consumer expenditure at current prices, 2001-05
                                    • Turkish retailing in figures
                                      • Figure 19: Turkey: Estimated retail sales, 2003-07
                                      • Figure 20: Identified retailers in the Turkish market, 2007/08
                                  • News Analysis

                                    • Grocers
                                      • Belgium: Colruyt to focus on French expansion
                                        • Belgium: Delhaize subsidiary acquires Greek chain
                                          • Bulgaria: Billa plans Bulgarian expansion
                                            • France: Carrefour
                                              • … enters Iran
                                                • … in Russian expansion drive
                                                  • … denies emerging markets unit sale
                                                    • … investors push for withdrawal from emerging markets
                                                      • Netherlands: Jumbo submits €480 million Super de Boer bid
                                                        • Netherlands: Sperwer to launch bid for Super de Boer
                                                          • Netherlands: Super de Boer records flat sales
                                                            • Portugal: Sonae Distribuicao posts H1 loss
                                                              • Slovenia: Mercator reveals fund raising plan
                                                                • Spain: Eroski posts H1 loss
                                                                  • Russian Federation: Dixy H1 revenue up 15%
                                                                    • Russian Federation: Magnit posts 31% sales rise
                                                                      • Russian Federation: X5
                                                                        • … seeks approval for Paterson acquisition
                                                                          • … Q3 sales up 24%
                                                                            • UK: Asda launches Asian clothing range
                                                                              • UK: Co-op posts H1 profit increase
                                                                                • UK: Morrisons H1 profits soar 45%
                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                    • … launches new loyalty scheme
                                                                                      • … appoints Tyler as new chairman
                                                                                        • … launches financial services campaign
                                                                                          • … posts solid results
                                                                                            • UK: Spar LFLs rise 5.2%
                                                                                              • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                • … prepares for website relaunch
                                                                                                  • …profits climb up in H1
                                                                                                    • …Clubcard goes international
                                                                                                      • UK: Waitrose plans convenience assault with store openings
                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                          • Denmark: IC Companys sees FY sales dip 4%
                                                                                                            • France: Louis Vuitton plans international expansion
                                                                                                              • Spain: Inditex suffers H1 profit drop
                                                                                                                • Sweden: H&M posts sales and profit increase
                                                                                                                  • UK: Adili to open high street stores
                                                                                                                    • UK: Alexon posts pre-tax loss
                                                                                                                      • UK: Ann Summers eyes larger share of lingerie market
                                                                                                                        • UK: Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                          • … enjoys "strong first half"
                                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                              • … to launch social network
                                                                                                                                • … UK: Burberry enjoys revenue boost
                                                                                                                                  • UK: French Connection to withdraw from Japan
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Davies opens first GIVe stores
                                                                                                                                      • UK: High & Mighty sold to N Brown
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jacques Vert reveals LFLs drop
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Moss Bros suffers £3 million loss
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Next profits up 6.9%
                                                                                                                                              • UK: New Look mulls flotation plan
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Original Factory Shop sales and profits up
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Primark chief steps down
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ted Baker pre-tax profits down 18.4%
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Zara
                                                                                                                                                        • …prepares for online move
                                                                                                                                                          • … hit by Inditex expansion
                                                                                                                                                            • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Home Retail posts better-than-expected Q2 results
                                                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Metro could scrap Karstadt purchase plan
                                                                                                                                                                    • Finland: Kesko eyes Russian market
                                                                                                                                                                      • Japan: Seven & I H1 profit down 20%
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                          • … reports sales improvement
                                                                                                                                                                            • … ramps up overseas delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                              • … to unveil overhauled website
                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Italy: La Rinascente plans domestic expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: John Lewis relaunches fashion website
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams LFLs down 3.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: TJ Hughes records 9.1% sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                          • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Mr Bricolage acquires Briconautes
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sweden: Clas Ohlson Q1 profit up 28%
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: B&Q launches £20 million price offensive
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Kingfisher records 35% H1 profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Home Retail posts better-than-expected Q2 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Robert Dyas
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … names new chairman, concludes debt deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … posts £10 million loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Topps Tiles optimistic over FY results
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Denmark: Elgiganten posts 11% revenue increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Russian Federation: M.Video H1 profit slumps 15%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carphone reports "commendable" Q2 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kesa group sales dip despite rise at Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Video and computer games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Game profits down 67%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sweden: Ikea boasts record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Furniture Village sees FY profits slump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Habitat chief sets timeline for profit return
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • … founder sells 8% stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … sales improve in second half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Otto Group to focus on e-sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Amazon launches standalone footwear site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Asos sales boosted by overseas growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Boden ponders major European expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Findel LFLs slide 5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ideal Shopping Direct posts flat losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: N Brown posts 13% profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop Direct appoints finance chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Blacks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • to breach banking loan terms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … calls administrators to O'Neill stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … considers CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to close 89 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … losses increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … quashes fund raising cancellation rumours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Russia: Pharmacy 36.6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Signet Q2 profit jumps thanks to cost cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Garden centres retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dobbies sees FY profits plunge 80%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Borders to close Books Etc and Express chains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Photographic retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Jessops unveils survival plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Halfords Q2 LFLs up 2.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Pets at Home explores IPO potential
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economic News

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Europe: European retail sales down in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Retail sales fall unexpectedly in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ireland: Retail sales continue to fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Lithuania: Retail sales slip in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Russian Federation: Retail sales fall 9.8% in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: CBI: Retail sales stabilise in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Retail sales unchanged in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail sales up in September

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          European Retail Briefing - October 2009

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