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European Retail Briefing - September 2010

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • ITM – making a virtue of being local
      • Strong growth nearly faltered
        • Cutting the dead wood
          • Looking to the future
            • Going Local
            • Headlines of the Month

              • Food retailers
                • Clothing
                  • Department stores
                    • DIY
                      • Electricals
                        • Health and beauty
                          • Luxury goods
                          • Retail Sales Review

                            • Key points
                              • France
                                • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2009-10
                              • Germany
                                • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2009-10
                              • Italy
                                • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2009-10
                              • Netherlands
                                • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2009-10
                              • Spain
                                • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2009-10
                              • UK
                                • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                              • Inflation
                                • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-10
                            • News Analysis

                              • Bakers (retail)
                                • UK: Thorntons reports profits fall
                                  • Co-ops (retail)
                                    • UK: Co-op H1 profits rise
                                      • Grocers
                                        • Denmark: Dansk Supermarked revenue up 3.1%
                                          • Denmark: Netto outlines expansion plans
                                            • France: Auchan revenue up 6.8%
                                              • France: Carrefour
                                                • …outlines Indian plans
                                                  • …posts H1 profit
                                                    • …to unveil new hypermarkets
                                                      • Netherlands: Ahold profits boosted by World Cup
                                                        • Norway: Norgesgruppen posts strong H1 results
                                                          • Russian Federation: Magnit impresses in H1
                                                            • Russian Federation: X5
                                                              • …profit slumps in Q2
                                                                • …seeks approval for Kopeika acquisition
                                                                  • Slovenia: Mercator posts solid results
                                                                    • Sweden: ICA suffers Q2 loss
                                                                      • UK: Asda
                                                                        • …chief lambasts its food offer
                                                                          • …lowers petrol prices
                                                                            • …reports LFLs drop
                                                                              • UK: Morrisons enjoys profit boost
                                                                                • UK: Ocado reports 29.5% sales rise
                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                    • …and Nectar launch iPhone apps
                                                                                      • …to roll out 'eco-friendly' milk bags
                                                                                        • UK: Spar sales boosted by improved range
                                                                                          • UK: Tesco
                                                                                            • …announces bullish China plans
                                                                                              • …launches triple Clubcard points scheme
                                                                                                • …to open drive-thru supermarket
                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                    • Europe: TJX Europe suffers profit slump
                                                                                                      • Sweden: H&M LFLs up 10%
                                                                                                        • UK: Adams launches new concessions
                                                                                                          • UK: Alexon
                                                                                                            • …appoints commercial director
                                                                                                              • …looks for web growth
                                                                                                                • UK: Evans targets plus-size teens
                                                                                                                  • UK: Fossil enjoys strong results
                                                                                                                    • UK: M&Co doubles profits
                                                                                                                      • UK: Republic launches ad campaign
                                                                                                                        • UK: Sixty UK files for liquidation
                                                                                                                          • UK: USC uses website to sell overseas
                                                                                                                            • UK: Zara launches transactional website
                                                                                                                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                • UK: B&M Bargains buys Opus Homewares for £48 million
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Home Retail profits hit by Argos performance
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundland profits soar
                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                        • UK: HMV sales dented by World Cup
                                                                                                                                          • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                            • …starts student initiative
                                                                                                                                              • …to close Midlands stores
                                                                                                                                                • …confirms Swannell as chairman
                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                    • Finland: Stockmann posts solid Q2 results
                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Karstadt improves prospects with bank deal
                                                                                                                                                        • Ireland: Arnotts to receive €10 million
                                                                                                                                                          • Netherlands: Maxeda shows H1 growth
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Debenhams launches unexpected sale
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Fenwick sales and profits down
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: House of Fraser launches overseas delivery
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis opens second At Home outlet
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Littlewoods launches TV campaign
                                                                                                                                                                      • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Mr Bricolage profits and sales improve
                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Tengelmann records sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • Russian Federation: M.Video posts H1 improvement
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons Retail sales boosted by World Cup
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sweden: Ikea plots Reading move
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dwell secures £5 million funding
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: MFI relaunched
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bond takes stake in Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Confetti in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ebay plots major fashion push
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Findel
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …mulls Express Gifts sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sells CWIO division
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Flying Brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …acquires online gardening business
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …profit down
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Moonpig profits almost double
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: N Brown launches Simply Be in US
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Switzerland: Galenica posts H1 profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Body Shop enjoys improved results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Waterstone's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …founder ponders buy-back bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to open a restaurant in store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: WH Smith buys Gadget Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JJB shareholder ups stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Snow+Rock buys Runners Need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sports Direct enjoys sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Signet reports improved Q2 performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Hugo Boss records strong results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Switzerland: Richemont results boosted by Asian demand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • International Luxury Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Market forecasts and outlook
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Forecasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 13: Global luxury goods: Estimated market size at retail selling prices, 2006-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What next?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Latest fashion trends favour luxury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Anti-bling, anti-extravagance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ‘Quieter’ goods - responding to consumer sentiment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • But is their universal resonance?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Customised design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Differentiation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Leveraging local craftsmanship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • New segments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Youth unemployment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Men only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Corporate activity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • E-commerce potential
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Coy over the detail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cross channel experience will improve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • New initiatives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Reaching out globally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mobilising the smart phone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Armani
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 14: Armani: Share of global luxury goods market, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Recent history
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 15: Armani Financial performance, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 16: Armani: Sales by region and sales, by brand, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 17: Armani: Sales growth, by region and product, 2007-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 18: Armani: Outlets, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 19: Armani: Outlets, by brand, 2008 and 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Brand offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 20: Armani: Brands, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • e-commerce

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