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European Retail Briefing - October 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

    • DIY embracing e-commerce
      • What we’ve seen
        • A good fit
          • Competitive pressure drives UK development
            • Mainland Europe still developing
              • Figure 1: Comparison of online visitors to most popular DIY retailer website, by country, July 2011
            • Balancing online and offline demand
              • What it means
              • Retail Sales Review

                • Key points
                  • France
                    • Figure 2: France: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 3: France: Inflation, 2010-11
                  • Germany
                    • Figure 4: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 5: Germany: Inflation, 2010-11
                  • Italy
                    • Figure 6: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 7: Italy: Inflation, 2010-11
                  • Netherlands
                    • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 9: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2010-11
                  • Spain
                    • Figure 10: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 11: Spain: Inflation, 2010-11
                  • UK
                    • Figure 12: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 13: UK: Annual percentage change in Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2010-11
                • Headlines for the Month

                  • Grocers
                    • Clothing retailers
                      • Multi-sector retailing
                        • Mixed goods retailers
                          • Department stores
                            • DIY retailing
                              • Electricals retailing
                                • Home shopping
                                  • Health and beauty retailing
                                    • Sports goods retailing
                                      • Toys and games retailing
                                      • News Analysis

                                        • Grocers
                                          • Austria: Rewe sees revival at Adeg and Penny units
                                            • Belgium: Colruyt forecasts flat full year profit
                                              • Belgium: Delhaize creates new business division
                                                • Bulgaria: Delhaize to expand Piccadilly chain
                                                  • Europe: Tesco rolls out online shopping to Poland and the Czech Republic
                                                    • France: Carrefour
                                                      • …plans for drive-ins
                                                        • …reveals initial 'Planet' performance
                                                          • …to open luxury hypermarket in Paris
                                                            • Greece: Carrefour to "freeze" expansion plans in Greece
                                                              • Romania: Angst signs franchise contract with Carrefour
                                                                • France: Intermarché to increase presence
                                                                  • Germany: Edeka reveals €1bn expansion plans
                                                                    • Germany: Metro boss to exit next year
                                                                      • Italy: Coop Italia announces expansion plans
                                                                        • Norway: NorgesGruppen to offer more local products
                                                                          • Russian Federation: Dixy back in profit in second quarter
                                                                            • Spain: Eroski expands stake in Caprabo parent as it reports weak H1
                                                                              • Slovenia: Mercator to spin off non-food unit
                                                                                • Sweden: ICA launches new discount label
                                                                                  • Sweden: Netto aims to overtake Lidl in market
                                                                                    • Switzerland: Denner Express pilot small area discount
                                                                                      • UK: Aldi losses rise after store disposals
                                                                                        • UK: Asda
                                                                                          • …prepares backing for bid for Iceland stores
                                                                                            • …reports profits rise
                                                                                              • UK: Budgens confirms plan to price match Tesco
                                                                                                • UK: Co-op food boss steps down
                                                                                                  • UK: Costcutter modernises with new store fascias
                                                                                                    • UK: Iceland
                                                                                                      • …auction hits setback
                                                                                                        • …chief in talks with Blackstone over bid
                                                                                                          • UK: Morrisons and Sainsbury's market share up
                                                                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                              • …now considering Garden Centre Group
                                                                                                                • …to introduce M Kitchen as part of own brand relaunch
                                                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                                    • …introduces "Live Well For Less" strapline
                                                                                                                      • …to extend Brand Match across UK
                                                                                                                        • …warns of competitive market remaining
                                                                                                                          • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                            • …eyes Garden Centre Group as clothing boss exits
                                                                                                                              • …reports "subdued" UK growth
                                                                                                                                • …rivals up their ante
                                                                                                                                  • …to invest £500m in price cuts
                                                                                                                                    • …to open online clothing delivery to international markets
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                                        • …launches 'biggest ever' value campaign
                                                                                                                                          • …to trial convenience stores at Shell petrol stations
                                                                                                                                            • …unveils dark store in Acton
                                                                                                                                              • Ukraine: Fozzy opens 200th Slipo store
                                                                                                                                                • Food specialists
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Greggs reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Thorntons reports sales fall
                                                                                                                                                      • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Esprit downgraded
                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Inditex first half sales rise
                                                                                                                                                            • Italy: Prada reports profits up 75%
                                                                                                                                                              • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                                                                                                • …sees fall in Q3 profits
                                                                                                                                                                  • …store opens in Singapore
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Agent Provocateur back into the black
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Alexon
                                                                                                                                                                        • …acquired by Sun European in prepack deal
                                                                                                                                                                          • …pushes ahead with sale process
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bimba & Lola to make UK debut in Westfield London
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: French Connection profits rise; eyes overseas growth
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Jacques Vert sees sales rise but September trading weakens
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Karen Millen to expand in China
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: M&Co posts profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: McArthurGlen report 66% sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Moss Bros returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sees m-commerce sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to launch click-and-collect service into 600 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to sell external brands online
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Next signals end of price inflation as profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Officers Club to help Blue Inc to record growth again
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: River Island hit by young consumers' low confidence
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: SuperGroup issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …profits up 12.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Whistles back in the black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …asks suppliers for contribution to store overhaul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches click and collect dining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to invest £600m in store revamp plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Laura Ashley to extend gifts category
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Home Retail sales continue to fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Halfords retail sales drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mothercare like-for-likes fall rapidly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Past Times moves back into loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright boss makes assault on beds market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mixed-goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Argos will not close stores despite pressure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Costco announces plans for market entry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hub Retail collapses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Poundland-owner eyes Nordic counterpart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundworld to launch smaller format store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …and Sun European in race for Alexon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …optimistic after strong final quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …retail director Palmer exits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Fenwick reports pre-tax profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: House of Fraser sees positive first half profits but warns of slowdown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: John Lewis reports sharp fall in operating profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Hornbach Group continues with growth strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Romania: Leroy Merlin debuts in Romania
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Russian Federation: Kingfisher to expand in Russia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: B&Q launches mobile site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Homebase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches painting and decorating service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches social media offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kingfisher first half profits up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Wickes cuts out stores as web takes off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Media Markt ends "price madness" with new price strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Comet like-for-likes plummet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Google store opens in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Kesa considers keeping Comet pension scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sony Centres up for sale as owner goes bust
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports widening losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …signs digital deal with OnLive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: HMV plans for further pop-ups over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Denmark: White Stuff to launch in Denmark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …like-for-likes fall 2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …profits rise 9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: IKEA to focus on bedroom furniture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Lakeland profits rise but warns of "miserable" 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Range rolls out new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: PPR defer sale of Redcats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spain: Amazon launches in Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Amazon installs collection lockers in office blocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …moves into Australian market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to launch shopping app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Boden profits up 13% in 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BrandAlley reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: BuyaPowa set up by former HMV director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: eBay to launch fashion campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Flying Brands to sell property to pay debt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kiddicare eyes international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: MyDeco.com gets backing of Groupon investor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ocado sales up 19.5% but margins could be lower
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Play.com to be bought by Japanese investor for £25m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …attracts private equity interest as it prepares for sale or float
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …heading towards sale or float
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Poland: Rossman set for rapid expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Holland & Barrett roll out loyalty card
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Foyles to shut One New Change store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Norway: Helly Hansen reports record financial results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Escada Sport plans expansion in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JD Sports reports strong profit despite riots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Patagonia opens London flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Albemarle & Bond reports profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: F Hinds profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Links of London hires David Riddiford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Theo Fennell sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Garden Centre Group sales rise as suitors circle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Poland: Toys R Us to open in Poland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Entertainer profits fall after investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Asda Income Tracker: Record squeeze on family spending in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: CPI annual inflation 4.5% in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ONS: Retail sale by value up 4.7% in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop price inflation remains stable in September
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Westfield Stratford City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …attracts more visitors than expected on first day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …opens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • European Clothing Market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Spending on clothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 14: Europe: Households’ consumption expenditure of clothing, by country (current prices), 2006-10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Recovery for most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 15: Europe: % change in consumer spending on clothing in local currency (current prices), 2009-10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Affluence and attitudes drive spend per capita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 16: Europe: Consumer spending on clothing per capita, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Channels of distribution
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 17: Europe: Estimated share of consumer spending on clothing by channel, 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            European Retail Briefing - October 2011

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