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European Retail Briefing - October 2015

This month ERB includes:

  • An analyst comment about the proposed merger of French retail chains Fnac and Darty.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • A profile of value fashion retailer Primark taken from our Clothing Retailing - Europe - October 2015 report. 
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Fnac and Darty
      • The details
        • Darty vs Fnac
          • Where next?
            • Looking forwards or back?
            • European Retail Sales

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                  • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2014-15
                  • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2014-15
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2014-15
                  • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2014-15
              • Headlines for the Month

                • Grocers
                  • Clothing retailers
                    • Multi-sector retailing
                      • DIY retailing
                        • Electrical retailing
                          • Homewares and furniture retailing
                            • Home shopping
                            • News Analysis – Food and Drink Retailing

                              • Convenience stores
                                • Ireland: Applegreen UK like-for-like retail sales rise 5%
                                  • UK: M Local stores to be rebranded to My Local following acquisition
                                    • UK: Nisa wins supply deal for My Local
                                      • Grocers
                                        • France: Auchan launches online marketplace
                                          • France: Cora goes for a local approach for its new website
                                            • France: Louis Delhaize suffers falling sales in France
                                              • Germany: Aldi enters music streaming market
                                                • Germany: Netto prepares to join Deutschland Card loyalty scheme
                                                  • Italy: Carrefour opens a new gourmet store in Milan
                                                    • Italy: Italian cooperatives merge
                                                      • Netherlands: Albert Heijn introduce a self-scan only store in Amsterdam
                                                        • Portugal: Auchan invests in Portugese business
                                                          • Portugal: Lidl Portugal launches healthy food campaign for children
                                                            • UK: Aldi UK announces 2016 online launch
                                                              • UK: Asda's full-year revenues dip 0.4%
                                                                • UK: Brait ups its shareholding in Iceland to 57%
                                                                  • UK: Lidl
                                                                    • …announces it is to pay staff ‘a real living wage’
                                                                      • …to ramp up London expansion
                                                                        • UK: Morrisons
                                                                          • …alters Match & More loyalty scheme
                                                                            • …appoints property director to oversee store revamp
                                                                              • …like-for-like sales down 2.4%
                                                                                • …warned against launching own online operations
                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                    • …is the only of the ‘big four’ to grow sales
                                                                                      • …launches in China through Tmall
                                                                                        • …questioned over supplier income disclosures
                                                                                          • …sales grow 0.3% in the Q2
                                                                                            • …seeks towns to test new food waste project
                                                                                              • UK: Supermarkets already planning their Christmas delivery slots
                                                                                                • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                  • …may abandon sale of Dunnhumby
                                                                                                    • …operating profits fall 55%
                                                                                                      • …rules out any further overseas sales
                                                                                                        • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                          • …expands Pick Your Own Offers scheme
                                                                                                            • …opens in London’s regenerated Kings Cross area
                                                                                                              • …unveils new advertising campaign
                                                                                                                • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                                                  • UK: Greggs sales up 5% in Q3
                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Non-food Retailing

                                                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                      • Europe: H&M year-to-date sales up 22%
                                                                                                                        • Europe: Ralph Lauren steps down after 50 years
                                                                                                                          • Germany: Steilmann to float on the German Stock Exchange
                                                                                                                            • Ireland: Avoca sales rise to €59m
                                                                                                                              • Spain: Bimba y Lola reports 18.2% growth
                                                                                                                                • Spain: Inditex net sales rise 17%
                                                                                                                                  • Sweden: H&M's growth slows to 1% in August
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Adidas to open new flagship store on London’s Oxford Street
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Austin Reed sales fall 7.8% in 2014
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Burberry launches Apple Music channel
                                                                                                                                          • UK: French Connection losses widen amid poor Spring 15 collection sales
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jacques Vert relaunches popular Coatwalk charity event
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Jaeger owner receives bids for the business
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Jane Norman eyes high street return
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Kent & Curwen sign up David Beckham
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: M&Co boss stands down
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Moss Bros like-for-like sales up 9.7%
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: New Look unveils first standalone menswear stores
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Pep&Co reaches 50 stores and prepares for menswear launch
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: River Island profits soar 70%
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Superdry to launch in China through joint venture
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Surfwear brand Saltrock plans to double store network
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ted Baker sales grow 24.5%
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: TM Lewin reshuffles senior team to prepare for growth
                                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Clarks chief executive leaves with immediate effect
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kurt Geiger
                                                                                                                                                                            • …eyed by Lion Capital
                                                                                                                                                                              • …full year profits up 278%
                                                                                                                                                                                • Jewellery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Aurum sales rise 8% following Watch Shop acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Netherlands: Hema
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …invests in a more premium store concept
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales grow 8% in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Argos launches same-day delivery in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: M&S appoints new womenswear design director
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Next Brand sales up 3.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to raise £50m through share placing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …99p Stores acquisition gains full approval
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundworld reports surging profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: BHS secures £65m loan
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams faces possible boardroom revolt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: House of Fraser drives 30.8% online growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …announces Cheltenham store opening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …announces second JLAB winner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …introduces new benefits for loyalty card holders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports 'solid' first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …unveils new Birmingham store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Bricorama is the latest to show interest in Mr Bricolage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Hornbach posts strong second quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Clas Ohlson opens new format store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kingfisher makes ‘solid’ progress with turnaround plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Topps Tiles like-for-like sales grow 5.3%.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Fnac makes a bid for Darty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dixons Carphone revenues up 8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Maplin to launch live video chat function
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: HMV global website and store expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: IKEA opens grocery pop-up shop in Paris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Greece: JYSK expands into Greece
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sweden: Ikea boasts record sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Better Bathrooms opens first Scottish showroom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: DFS reports surging sales and profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dreams increases profit forecast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …like-for-like sales rise 5.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …revenues rise 12.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dyson to open a standalone store in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: H&M opens first global homewares concession
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Lakeland profits more than double
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Loaf opens first physical store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Made.com international investment leads to £5.3m loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Matalan Direct launches into bedroom furniture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ScS’ concession deal with House of Fraser hits profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches grocery in France and B2B website in Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …ramps up Munich operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …rolls out one-hour grocery delivery in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to start selling groceries in London and Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: AO.com to report 30% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Boden sales remain flat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boohoo drives 35% growth in revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Net-a-Porter Group appoints new President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ocado group sales rise 17.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop Direct likely to shut call centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Boots pilots personalised discount scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Superdrug launches online optician service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Greetings card retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Card Factory revenues grow by 8.0%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Adidas to open new flagship store on London’s Oxford Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: JD Sports sales jump 21%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …enters into negotiations to acquire Heatons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …takes a stake in Findel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to open more conjoined gym and store sites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Wiggle to close all Homebase concessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Vision Express sales rise by 11% in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home hires trading director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Pet Hut teams up with PDSA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ashford Designer Outlet to undergo extension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Birmingham Grand Central shopping centre opens its doors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Stansted Airport reveals new retail additions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Consumer Rights Act comes into force
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Plastic bag charge comes into effect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail footfall falls 1.6% in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Retail sales rise 0.9% in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Government unveils plans to hand local authorities powers to cut business rates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Clothing Retailing – Europe – October 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Primark/Penneys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Continued expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Tough German market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 5: Primark/Penneys: Group financial performance, 2010/11-2014/15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 6: Primark/Penneys: Outlet data, 2010/11-2014/15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Retail offering

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