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European Retail Briefing - October 2017

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on Toys R Us - on the brink?
  • An overview of the latest European Retail sales
  • Highlights of the latest Retail trend observations across Europe.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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  1. Analyst Comment – Toys R Us on the Brink?

      • Where are we now?
        • Europe is important for Toys R Us
          • Figure 1: Toys R Us directly operated estate in Europe, 2016
        • Where next?
          • Underlying trends
            • The market is moving away
              • Retailing is moving on
              • European Retail Sales

                • Key points
                  • Retail sales
                      • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2016-17
                      • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2016-17
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 4: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2016-17
                      • Figure 5: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2016-17
                  • Innovation and Launch Activity

                    • Italy: Megamark opens healthy food store
                      • Netherlands: HEMA removes gender labels from children’s clothing
                        • Germany: Zalando launches gift guide chatbot
                          • France: L’Occitane launches new store concept
                            • France: Carrefour to expand food on-the-go store concept
                              • Germany: Aldi Süd presents fashion line
                              • Headlines for the Month

                                • Co-ops
                                  • Grocers
                                    • Clothing retailing
                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                        • Electrical retailing
                                          • Home shopping
                                            • Health & beauty retailing
                                            • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                              • Co-ops
                                                • Norway: Coop Norway enters partnership with book retailer Tanum
                                                  • Switzerland: Coop Switzerland acquires Targovy Dom Global Foods
                                                    • UK: Co-op Food
                                                      • …increases sales and operating profit
                                                        • …teams up with parkrun charity
                                                          • Convenience stores
                                                            • UK: Costcutter trials fingerprint payment system
                                                              • UK: Nisa
                                                                • …CEO steps down
                                                                  • …reports strong growth and acquires interim CEO
                                                                    • UK: Palmer and Harvey in trouble
                                                                      • UK: Wholesalers call for Tesco/Booker deal to be stopped
                                                                        • Grocers
                                                                          • Belgium: Ahold Delhaize
                                                                            • …reaches final deal in Belgian store divestment
                                                                              • …introduces on-the-go breakfast range
                                                                                • Belgium: Colruyt
                                                                                  • …launches product finder
                                                                                    • …opens Zero Fossil Fuel store
                                                                                      • Belgium: Lidl
                                                                                        • …launches online pick-up service
                                                                                          • …gives out free fruit to children
                                                                                            • France: Carrefour to expand food on-the-go store concept
                                                                                              • France: Franpix opens new eco-focused store concept
                                                                                                • Germany: Aldi Süd presents fashion line
                                                                                                  • Italy: Arena Group opens new store format
                                                                                                    • Italy: Megamark opens healthy food store
                                                                                                      • Lithuania: ICA Gruppen to propose selling Rimi Lithuania
                                                                                                        • Netherlands: Albert Heijn launches fresh soup pots
                                                                                                          • Poland: Eurocash announces takeover of Mila S.A.
                                                                                                            • Portugal: Auchan considering discounting Jumbo brand
                                                                                                              • Romania: Carrefour rebrands Billa stores
                                                                                                                • Russia: Lenta launches birthday discount campaign
                                                                                                                  • Spain: Eroski expands click & collect services
                                                                                                                    • Sweden: ICA sees sales rise
                                                                                                                      • Switzerland: Lidl Switzerland launches meal box service
                                                                                                                        • UK: Aldi
                                                                                                                          • …accelerates fresh food on-the-go rollout
                                                                                                                            • …sales rise in 2016
                                                                                                                              • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                                                • …profits rise
                                                                                                                                  • …launches value vegetable box
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                                                      • …launches suit range
                                                                                                                                        • …launches women's occasionwear
                                                                                                                                          • …pilots check-out-free store
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Tesco profits surge
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Waitrose extends meal box trial
                                                                                                                                                • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Greggs new product range boost sales
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Hotel Chocolat
                                                                                                                                                      • …launches new subscription service
                                                                                                                                                        • …profit and sales climb
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Majestic Wine
                                                                                                                                                            • …appoints new non-executive director
                                                                                                                                                              • …overhauls website
                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                                                                                • France: LVMH revenues grow
                                                                                                                                                                  • Italy: Furla Group reports positive first half year
                                                                                                                                                                    • Italy: Stone Island launches clothing that changes colour according to the weather
                                                                                                                                                                      • Spain: Inditex sales and profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                        • Sweden: H&M sales rise in third quarter
                                                                                                                                                                          • Switzerland: Charles Vöegele CEO change
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Alex and Ani open debut UK store
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Chairman of Jack Wills leaves after a year in post
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Colette to open first UK store
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: French Connection operating loss falls
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Hill & Friends opens physical store
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Matalan sales rise in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Missguided launches partner label Mennace
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Moss Bros sees half year sales and profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: New Look backtracks on chief creative officer appointment
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Next sees sales and profits fall in first half year
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Primark sales expected to be better than previous year
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: River Island sales rise whilst profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sweaty Betty reports strong 2016 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ted Baker retail sales grow
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: TJX UK reports fall in profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kurt Geiger sales soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Multi-Sector

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Netherlands: HEMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …removes gender labels from children’s clothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to expand in Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Halfords takes new CEO from Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Marks & Spencer trial one-hour delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mothercare appoints new CFO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams takes stake in on-demand beauty services company Blow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: House of Fraser sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …profits decrease whilst sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …confirms in-store sleepover experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Selfridges makes shopping bags from coffee cups
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kingfisher sales and profits rise during transformation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Topps Tiles sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Fnac Darty and Deezer enter into partnership together
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BrightHouse up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons Travel opens store on cruise ship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Microsoft to open first UK store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Barker & Stonehouse sales and profits remain steady
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: DFS profits down in a challenging environment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dreams sales and profits rise for 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm sees sales rise but profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Habitat launches click-and-collect service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: IKEA acquires TaskRabbit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: ScS sales and profits up for 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Online Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: Amazon approach Leclerc over logistics deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: ManoMano raises money for expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Zalando launches gift guide chatbot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reportedly to bid for Premier League
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …trials one hour delivery for London Fashion Week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Boohoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches own-brand beauty range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sales and profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …CEO steps down after five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …profit rises thanks to mobile shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: eBay to launch click-and-collect partnership with Doddle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Eve Sleep reports dramatic rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Five Boys Clothing opens pop up shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Made.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sales reach £91m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …crowdsourcing its next furniture designs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Net-a-Porter to launch AI clothes picking service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ocado revenue increases in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Hut Group acquires Illamasqua
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wiggle losses increase whilst sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: L’Occitane launches new store concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Douglas appoints new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Card Factory sales rise whilst profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Smiggle targets Europe for expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JD Sports Fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …agrees to conditional combination with Sports Zone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports strong performance in the first half of 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sports Direct closes nearly half of Debenhams concessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Wyevale Garden Centres launches new strategy following fall in profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Hobbycraft CEO steps down after eight weeks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Entertainer posts solid sales in the first half of 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: ONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …inflation rate climbs to five-year high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …a good August for retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: British Retail Consortium and KPMG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …September retail sales growth driven by clothes and food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …Shop prices on the brink of inflation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • After I Do, LLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ahold Delhaize
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Albert Heijn Netherlands (Ahold)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Aldi Stores Ltd (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Amazon UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Apple Retail UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Associated British Foods - Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Auchan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Barker and Stonehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Brighthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (BSkyB)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Card World Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Carrefour (France) C-stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Carrefour Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Charles Vögele (Hungary)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Colruyt Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Coop Norway (NKL)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Coop Schweiz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Costcutter Supermarkets Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Debenhams International
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • DFS Furniture plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Douglas (International)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dreams (Dreams Topco Ltd)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • eurocash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Franprix/Leader Price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Go Outdoors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Greggs Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Grupo Eroski
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Habitat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hema France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • HobbyCraft Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homesense UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hotel Chocolat Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • House of Fraser Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ICA Gruppen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • IKI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Imperial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jack Wills Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jumbo Group Holding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Karstadt Premium Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kesko
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher (Asia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Kurt Geiger Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • L'Occitane Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Landmark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Leclerc (France)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Lenta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Little Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Made.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Majestic Wine Commercial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Majestic Wine Group PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Majestic Wine Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mamas & Papas Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Matalan Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • McColl's (convenience stores)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Microsoft Ltd (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Missguided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Moss Bros Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mulberry Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Net-A-Porter Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • New Look (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Nisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ocado Group plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • P&O Cruises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Palmer & Harvey McLane Ltd [P&H McLane]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Polomarket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Primark/Penneys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Rewe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • River Island Clothing Co Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • River Island Holdings Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sainsbury's Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Screwfix UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • ScS Upholstery Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Selfridges Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sephora
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Smiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sofology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sonae Distribução
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Spar UK Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports Direct Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Co-operative Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Entertainer (Amersham) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Hut Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • TJX UK (TK Maxx)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Walgreens Boots Alliance UK Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Westfield Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Worldstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Wyevale Garden Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Zalando

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