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European Retail Briefing - October 2014

The European retail briefing provides commentary, data and news analysis from across Europe ensuring that you keep in contact with the latest retail news.

An analyst comment looking at whether pureplay retailers should open stores.

In this report we include:

  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies.
  • A profile of H&M Hennes & Mauritz
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Should Pureplays Open Stores?

    • What we’ve seen
      • Is there scope for stores?
        • So what can we expect from Amazon?
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
              • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
            • Inflation
              • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
              • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Grocers
              • Clothing retailing
                • Department stores
                  • Electrical retailing
                    • Furniture retailing
                      • Home shopping
                        • Music, game and video retailing
                        • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                          • Grocers
                            • Austria: Lidl invests in modernising Austrian stores
                              • Belgium: Colruyt Group
                                • Belgium: Delhaize announces partnership with Coopernic
                                  • Denmark: Metro Cash and Carry to exit Denmark
                                    • France: Auchan announces purchasing agreement with Système U
                                      • France: E.Leclerc to invest €1.2bn to counteract financial crisis
                                        • France: Intermarché and Casino Group partner to purchase brands
                                          • Germany: Edeka to buy Kaiser’s Tengelmann stores
                                            • Germany: FrischeParadies to launch online
                                              • Ireland: Spar ups Irish expansion
                                                • Italy: Carrefour opens its first ‘gourmet’ market store in Italy
                                                  • Netherlands: Lidl commences online operations in the Netherlands
                                                    • Norway: Coop acquires ICA’s Norwegian business
                                                      • Spain: Eroski
                                                        • UK: Aldi
                                                          • UK: Booths to launch nationwide delivery
                                                            • UK: Costcutter acquires 20% stake in Simply Fresh
                                                              • UK: Morrisons
                                                                • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct to invest £43m into Tesco
                                                                    • UK: Tesco
                                                                      • UK: Waitrose has launched dedicated pet website
                                                                        • Other food specialists
                                                                          • UK: Greggs like-for-like sales grow 5.4% in Q3
                                                                            • UK: Holland & Barrett
                                                                              • UK: Thorntons profits grow 60.4%
                                                                                • UK: Whittard of Chelsea profits increase 43%
                                                                                • News Analysis – Non-Food

                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                    • Belgium: Kipling unveils new loyalty scheme
                                                                                      • Denmark: Bestseller’s Mamalicious to introduce childrenswear
                                                                                        • Europe: Esprit sales fall but returns to profitability
                                                                                          • Finland: Marks and Spencer to launch in Scandinavia
                                                                                            • Germany: French Connection to open company-owned German store
                                                                                              • Ireland: Penneys to launch beauty bar
                                                                                                • Spain: El Corte Inglés CEO dies
                                                                                                  • Spain: Inditex sales grow but profits slip in the first half of the year
                                                                                                    • Sweden: H&M sales grow 21% in Q3
                                                                                                      • UK: Bonmarché launches menswear trial
                                                                                                        • UK: Calzedonia ventures out from London
                                                                                                          • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill acquires Internaçionale assets
                                                                                                            • UK: Forever 21 makes £18.4m loss in the UK
                                                                                                              • UK: French Connection
                                                                                                                • UK: Jack Wills plans Asian expansion
                                                                                                                  • UK: Moss Bros like-for-like sales up 6.4%
                                                                                                                    • UK: Mothercare to inject £100m into new store designs and brands
                                                                                                                      • UK: N Brown sales down 0.6%
                                                                                                                        • UK: New Look appoints new non-executive chairman
                                                                                                                          • UK: Phase Eight put up for sale
                                                                                                                            • UK: River Island invests in multichannel offering
                                                                                                                              • UK: Ted Baker profits increase 24.2%
                                                                                                                                • UK: Topman to launch Google+ Hangouts
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topshop and ShangPin join for mobile marketing initiative
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Zara’s UK profits fall by 34.5%
                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Clarks to open first dedicated men’s store
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jimmy Choo to launch IPO in October
                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                              • UK: 99p Stores launch 99p a week broadband internet service
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Home Retail announce ‘good’ first half results
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Marks and Spencer launches ‘M&S Baby’ format
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next sales jump 10.3% in the first six months of 2014
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Next Q3 sales hit by warm weather
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Oliver Bonas profits decline 14%
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WorldStores acquires Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Karstadt announce rehabilitation plans
                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: Hema makes a loss of €30.1m
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Beales sales drop in Q3 as stores close
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams launches Mothercare and Monsoon in store
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Selfridges forecasts 20% sales lift from Birmingham menswear
                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Media-Markt to open first click-and-collect drive through service
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Jessops returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Belgium: Ikea to invest €15m in Belgian store
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Kingfisher sales grow 0.9% in the first half of the year
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Netherlands: DFS to launch its first international store
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dreams reports EBITDA loss of £3.7m
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Lakeland profits halve to £3m following heavy investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Topps Tiles reports pre-tax profit rises of 30%
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: L’Oréal plans to launch 200 branded websites
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Ao World to debut in Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Rocket Internet to launch IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Zalando launches on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: ASOS sales grow 27%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Boohoo.com sales jump 31% in the first half of the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry and Twitter test ‘buy’ button
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jaeger introduces new ecommerce strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis creates new role of online product director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Land Securities announces two new click-and-collect hubs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Made.com sales increase 68%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: MySale revenues grow 23.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Shop Direct announces new website Very Exclusive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Smiggle to launch UK standalone transactional website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Co-operative Group completes Pharmacy sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Lloydspharmacy sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Decathlon wants to open small stores and click-and-collect points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Halfords to re-launch Cycle Republic stores in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JD Sports sales grow 27% in the first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music, game and video retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Darty sales grow 5.9% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Spain: Gamestop to exit the Spanish market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: HMV makes £16.7m operating profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Tesco to sell Blinkbox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mobile phone retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dixons Carphone to take on 800 Phones 4u staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Phones 4u
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Vodafone acquires 140 Phones 4u stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Toy retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Toy Store signs lease for Oxford Street shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Card retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Card Factory sales jump 8.9% in the first half of the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail price deflation increases to 1.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Retail sales grow 3.7% year-on-year in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • H&M Hennes & Mauritz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Guest-designer collaborations enhance fashion credentials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Net new 375 stores planned for 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Online shop expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Broadening product range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Taking on board ethical issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 5: H&M Hennes & Mauritz: Percentage share of net sales by region, 2011/12-2012/13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 6: H&M Hennes & Mauritz: Group financial performance, 2008/9-2012/13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 7: H&M Hennes & Mauritz: Outlet data, 2008/9-2012/13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Retail offering

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • 99p Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • AO World Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • AO.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Auchan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Auchan (Fr)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • B&Q (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BC Partners Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Beale Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bestseller
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BlackRock, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Blinkbox Entertainment Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Brico Depôt (France)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Burberry Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • BWG Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • C&J Clark Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Caffé Nero Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Calzedonia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carrefour (Hypermarkets) Italy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carrefour Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Castorama (Russia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Celesio Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Colruyt Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Compass Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Conrad Electronic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Coop Italia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Coop Norge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Coop Norway (NKL)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Costa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Costcutter Supermarkets Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Currys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Debenhams UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Decathlon Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Delhaize Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dreams Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • E Leclerc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Edeka Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • EH Booth & Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Eroski Food Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Esprit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Forever 21 (UK) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Forever 21 Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fresh Connection Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • GameStop Corp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Grupo Eroski
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HBOS plc (Halifax Bank of Scotland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hema Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • HMV Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Holland & Barrett Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ICA Gruppen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ICA Norge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • IKANO Financial Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Inditex UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Intermarché (France)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • J. Choo Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • J. Sainsbury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jaeger Company's Shops Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • L'Oréal (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • L'Oréal SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lakeland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lidl (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lloyds Pharmacy (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • London Stock Exchange plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mace Group, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • New Look Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Directory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • OBI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ocado Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Phase Eight Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Phones 4U Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • PricewaterhouseCoopers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Primark/Penneys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pull & Bear UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Reckitt Benckiser plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Rewe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Screwfix UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Selfridges Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Simply Fresh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Spar (Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Standard Life Investments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Système U
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ted Baker (UK and Europe Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tengelmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Carphone Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Jessops Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topman old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topps Tiles Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topshop old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Twitter, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Urban Outfitters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • USC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Vivienne Westwood Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Vodafone Group Plc (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wellcome Trust
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Whittard of Chelsea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Worldstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Zalando

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