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European Retail Briefing - September 2011

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Testing times for the electricals specialists
      • What we’ve seen
        • Electricals sector continues to struggle
          • Figure 1: Value growth in white goods specialists sales, January 2009-June 2011
          • Figure 2: Value growth in brown goods specialists’ sales, January 2009-June 2011
        • Media Markt-Saturn rues late e-commerce embrace
          • Dixons renews and transforms
            • Comet holds back Kesa
              • What it means?
              • Retail Sales Review

                • Key points
                  • France
                    • Figure 3: France: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 4: France: Inflation, 2010-11
                  • Germany
                    • Figure 5: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 6: Germany: Inflation, 2010-11
                  • Italy
                    • Figure 7: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 8: Italy: Inflation, 2010-11
                  • Netherlands
                    • Figure 9: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 10: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2010-11
                  • Spain
                    • Figure 11: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 12: Spain: Inflation, 2010-11
                  • UK
                    • Figure 13: Retail sales trends, 2010-11
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 14: UK: Annual percentage change in Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2010-11
                • Headlines for the Month

                  • Grocers
                    • Clothing retailers
                      • Department stores
                        • DIY retailers
                          • Electricals retailers
                            • Furniture retailers
                              • Home shopping
                                • Health and beauty retailers
                                  • Music and video
                                    • Jewellery retailers
                                    • News Analysis

                                      • Grocers
                                        • Austria: Spar
                                          • …expands private brand into telecommunication sector
                                            • …profit falls in first half
                                              • Belgium: Delhaize sales up
                                                • Bulgaria: CBA Asset Management reports wider loss
                                                  • France: Auchan reports rises in emerging markets but difficulty in Europe
                                                    • France: Carrefour issues profit warning
                                                      • France: Intermarché launches price difference campaign
                                                        • Netherlands: Ahold to speed up share buyback after disappointing second quarter
                                                          • Norway: Ahold to sell ICA Maxi
                                                            • Norway: Norgesgruppen has solid first half results
                                                              • Russian Federation: Magnit lowers full year forecast
                                                                • Russian Federation: O'Key reports strong half year
                                                                  • Russian Federation: Seventh Continent sales rise
                                                                    • Russian Federation: X5 Retail introduces new concept
                                                                      • Spain: Dia profits rise in first half
                                                                        • Spain: El Corte Ingles reports weak full year results
                                                                          • Slovenia: Mercator reports modest growth
                                                                            • UK: Asda
                                                                              • …aims to open 250 smaller supermarkets
                                                                                • …launches mobile groceries site
                                                                                  • …like-for-likes up 0.5% in second quarter
                                                                                    • UK: Asda Income Tracker: Families £11 worse off
                                                                                      • UK: Booths refinances for store expansion
                                                                                        • UK: Co-op profits and sales hit by tough climate
                                                                                          • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                            • …appoints Credit Suisse as it considers Iceland bid
                                                                                              • …leads big four in market share
                                                                                                • …profits rise 8%
                                                                                                  • UK: North East Convenience Stores sees 4.7% sales rise
                                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                      • …to hire 15,000 Christmas staff
                                                                                                        • …trials branded price match in Northern Ireland
                                                                                                          • UK: Spar UK launches own label range
                                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                              • …Amazon-style site to launch in January
                                                                                                                • …opens virtual store in South Korea
                                                                                                                  • …revamps Direct to 'Amazon-style'
                                                                                                                    • …to sell Japan business
                                                                                                                      • UK: The People's Supermarket plans second store
                                                                                                                        • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                          • …aims to boost sales with extended hours
                                                                                                                            • …appoints executive chef
                                                                                                                              • Food and drink specialists
                                                                                                                                • UK: Poundbakery aims to take on Greggs
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bargain Booze up for sale for £100m
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Thorntons pre-tax profit falls after impairment charges
                                                                                                                                      • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                        • Croatia: Kik launches in five Croatian cities
                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Club Monaco to open 100 stores in Europe
                                                                                                                                            • Europe: Primark considers 300 store openings in Europe
                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Pull & Bear and Bershka to launch transactional sites
                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Rugby Ralph Lauren opens first European store
                                                                                                                                                  • Europe: TJX Europe triples profits in second quarter
                                                                                                                                                    • France: Gap to open Banana Republic store in France
                                                                                                                                                      • France: LVMH to invest $25m in C&K
                                                                                                                                                        • Lithuania: Next store to open in Vilnius
                                                                                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M sees sales decline in July
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Alexon Group
                                                                                                                                                              • …issues profit warning and sparks takeover talks
                                                                                                                                                                • …issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Arcadia makes redundancies in harsh trading conditions
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Aurora
                                                                                                                                                                      • …to launch Asos-style international Online strategy
                                                                                                                                                                        • …trials mobile payment in stores
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Austin Reed to open new concept flagship in Regent Street
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Coast trials new concept in revamped concessions
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Cos to open two new stores in London
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Christian Louboutin loses bid to protect signature shoes
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Fat Face seeks international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: French Connection reports as expected first half results
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: H&M brand Monki launches in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Isabella Oliver sees record growth
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jane Norman revamp
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: La Senza looks to exit poor stores
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Matalan to create 2,300 Christmas jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reviews property
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to streamline its store portfolio after review
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Peacock Group takes Bonmarché off the market
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Reiss plans for future with click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Rigby & Peller majority stake sold to Van de Velde
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: SuperGroup sales still rising
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Tommy Hilfiger to open largest UK store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Van de Velde plans Rigby & Peller global growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Victoria's Secret expands in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: White Stuff pushes 'community' retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Clarks sets target of 100 per year overseas store openings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Argos sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ireland: 99p Stores to launch in Ireland with €uro 50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: 99p Stores secure £20m banking facility to double business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Poundworld's credit insurance pulled despite 500% profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: H&T pawnbroker sees first half profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: M&S launches second phase of sustainable cotton project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Switzerland: Dufry reports strong half year growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Finland: Stockmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Q2 profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Karstadt plans to launch 20 new brands in stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Italy: Gruppo Coin remains positive but cautious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Spain: El Corte Ingles reports weak full year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …claims retail world-first with smartphone innovation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …major Indian expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Harrods to launch online magazine and mobile site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …plans to expand own-label menswear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales rise despite rioters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to use Waitrose stores to double click-and-collect network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Laura Ashley like-for-likes up 3.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Lewis Home Retail saves two more TJ Hughes stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Selfridges Manchester revamps its beauty hall as it ploughs £20m into store improvements
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: TJ Hughes closes another 12 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Austria: Obi launches online stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Praktiker to name Fox as chief amid revamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sweden: Clas Ohlson beat profit forecasts in first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Floors 2 Go collapses into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Homebase launches premium homewares brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Robert Dyas boss to 'get back to basics'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Topps Tiles warns on profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Wilkinson profits hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Lagardere partners with Fnac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Media Markt structure battle continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Best Buy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …Enfield opening not delayed by riots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …UK launches m-commerce site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Comet sale in doubts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dixons like-for-likes fall 7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jessops confident on back of full-year figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Crate & Barrel to start brand building for UK opening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Life & Style bought out of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Lombok
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …bought out of pre-pack administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …looking at administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Oka profits up 24%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Walmsley Furnishing goes into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Neckermann to axe Austrian staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Amazon to launch order collection lockers in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ebay reports 25% rise in million pound businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Findel reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Flying Brands reports loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Funky Pigeon trial store opens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ideal world to launch customer rewards programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to open new distribution centre in Oxford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …urged to halt second fulfilment centre plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches 'shopping wall'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Simply Be opens first physical store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Celesio falls into losses in second quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Clintons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …hires Dixons' marketing man
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …hoping to stagger September rent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Waterstone's to axe 3 for 2 offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: WHSmith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …full year to be in line with expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches £50m share buy-back programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and video games
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Game signs deal with Sony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: HMV sales fall but retailer remains positive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: JD looks to drive expansion in France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JD Sports closes on deal to rebrand Cecil Gee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: JJB turnaround success to see directors rewarded
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Snow + Rock to open tri-brand superstore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sports Direct sees profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jewellery and accessories
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Switzerland: Richemont sees strong sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Aurum halts sale process until 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Claire's debuts new London concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Goldsmiths to debut new concept store at Westfield Stratford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Signet UK's second quarter profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Countrywide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches own-brand value offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …seeking acquisitions as sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Garden Centre Group acquires Country Homes and Gardens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …footfall falls as vacancy is low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …retail sales steady in August despite riots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …urges business rate suspension for riot-hit retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Consumers more cash-strapped than ever
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ecommerce growth slows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Grocers fined for price fixing on dairy products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Inflation rises to 4.4% in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: London and Japan agree luxury retail partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: ONS: Flat retail growth in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop price inflation slows in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Westfield Stratford 95% leased
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • European Retail Handbook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Population
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 15: Europe: Population, by country, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 16: Europe: Population, by country, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • GDP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 17: Europe: GDP, by country and per capita, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 18: Europe: GDP per capita, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Consumer expenditure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 19: Europe: Consumer expenditure, by country and per capita, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 20: Europe: Consumer expenditure per capita, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 21: Europe: Retail sales, by country and per capita, 2010

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