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European Retail Briefing - September 2013

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

In this report we include:

  • An analyst comment about the importance of keeping the store estate fresh.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies
  • A profile of luxury house Prada.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Refurbishing the store estate
      • Carrefour
        • New stores are not enough
          • Keeping track of the customer base
            • Leclerc
              • Customers becoming more demanding
              • European Retail Sales

                • Key points
                  • Retail sales
                    • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales value growth, 2012-13
                    • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2012-13
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2012-13
                    • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2012-13
                • Luxury Goods Retailing

                    • Prada Group
                      • What we think
                        • Prada brand soars in 2012 – but the group sees a slowing trend
                          • Asian growth proves volatile
                            • Increasingly focused on Prada brand and leather goods
                              • The Prada brand is popular among mid-market shoppers
                                • Intellectual property strategy
                                  • A recent convert to e-commerce
                                    • Company background
                                      • Company performance
                                        • Figure 5: Prada: Group financial performance, 2008/09-2012/13
                                        • Figure 6: Prada: Group net revenue breakdown, by channel, 2009/10-2012/13
                                        • Figure 7: Prada: Group net revenue breakdown, by region, 2009/10-2012/13
                                      • Customer profile
                                          • Figure 8: UK: Brand profile, by gender, age, and socio-economic group, May 2013
                                        • e-commerce and social media
                                        • Headlines for the Month

                                          • Grocers
                                            • Clothing retailing
                                              • Department stores
                                                • DIY retailing
                                                  • Electrical retailing
                                                    • Home shopping
                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                      • News Analysis

                                                        • Co-ops
                                                          • UK: Co-op
                                                            • …sees fall in first half profits
                                                              • …to launch online grocery website
                                                                • Convenience stores
                                                                  • UK: Waitrose adds 10 convenience stores to London portfolio
                                                                    • Grocers
                                                                      • Austria: Lidl Austria appoints new managing director
                                                                        • Belgium: Delhaize Group hires new CEO
                                                                          • Europe: Ahold
                                                                            • …appoints new chief human resources officer
                                                                              • …profits top estimates
                                                                                • France: Auchan first-half sales rise
                                                                                  • France: Carrefour releases first half results
                                                                                    • France: Leclerc
                                                                                      • …abandons Coopernic
                                                                                        • …begins selling optical products
                                                                                          • Germany: Edeka South - West appoints new managing director
                                                                                            • Russian Federation: Dixy sees July sales rise 21%
                                                                                              • Russian Federation: Magnit sees growth in Europe
                                                                                                • UK: Asda
                                                                                                  • …drops Saatchi & Saatchi
                                                                                                    • …funds a retail degree for staff
                                                                                                      • …hires VCCP for its advertising
                                                                                                        • …offers online delivery pass to challenge rivals
                                                                                                          • …records slow sales growth
                                                                                                            • …store vision to rival Tesco Watford
                                                                                                              • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                                • …and Argos sign up to personal marketing service
                                                                                                                  • …unveils Nutmeg TV ad
                                                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s outpaces big four rivals
                                                                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                        • …and Next hit back at claims made about their labour sources
                                                                                                                          • …criticised by ASA over advert
                                                                                                                            • …ditches store as it listens to locals
                                                                                                                              • …to introduce till cash monitoring system
                                                                                                                                • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                                  • …buys The Good Food Guide
                                                                                                                                    • …proposes using GPS tracking for click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                      • …to help young offenders
                                                                                                                                        • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Harris + Hoole takes former Jessops sites
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Countrywide eyes AIM listing as profits rise
                                                                                                                                              • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Conviviality Retail acquires Wine Rack
                                                                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Stradivarius launches online store
                                                                                                                                                      • France: Esprit posts first annual loss
                                                                                                                                                        • France: Hermes sees rise in first-half profit
                                                                                                                                                          • Lithuania: H&M opens first store in Lithuania
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Abercrombie & Fitch sales fall
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Government demands use of plus size mannequins
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hanro signs for first UK store
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Jane Norman to close Oxford Street store
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Matalan to launch new sports fascia
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: McQueen sales high after royal dress success
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: New Look sees profits surge as like-for-like sales edge up
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Peacocks to sell kids clothing in garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Primark
                                                                                                                                                                              • …owner raises profit expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                • …to end online trial
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: River Island returns to Singapore
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Six retailers to open stores in Canary Wharf’s Jubilee palace
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: SuperGroup's positive sales reflect “enduring appeal”
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Taking Shape to enter UK market
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: TK Maxx to open new store in Covent Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Topshop to expand U.S. presence
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Uniqlo launches children’s clothing range
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Victoria’s Secret set to open Bluewater store
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: LK Bennett owners consider sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mixed goods retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: B&M rewards buyers’ faith
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Retail sees departure of Terry Duddy
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …hires store environment chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …hit by glitches at distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …increases its efforts to solve IT glitches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …loses customer insight boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …trials new accessories department
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …launches new ‘leading ladies’ campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Netherlands: Bijenkorf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …shuts five stores leaving Primark to benefit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to restructure estate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spain: El Corte Inglés
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …offers Click & Car service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sees profits drop 18%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …adds two new designers to roster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …ups marketing activity with use of augmented reality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: House of Fraser trials virtual queue system
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …insurance business part of new advertising campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to pay out £40 million to underpaid staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …labels electricity costs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales up by 6.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to launch upmarket in-store restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …views an opening in Westfield London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Praktiker to be broken up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: B&Q makes 180 redundancies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Homebase launches first co-buying initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kingfisher hires Marks & Spencer’s Plan A director to lead Net Positive Plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ireland: Carphone Warehouse and Harvey Norman in partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BrightHouse launches new payment model
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to be re-launched under new name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Clive Coombes backtracks on Comet re-launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …former owner recoups £54 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …new Comet brand investigated by Deloitte
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dixons to sell off French and Turkish business arms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dreams hires new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dwell’s creditors to receive no payout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Furniture retailers investigated by OFT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jysk takes three former Dreams stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Range to open 5 new stores by 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Brissi hires big names to its board
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Cath Kidston sees rise in full year profits of 13%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Asos investor Bestseller takes stake in rival company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Amazon increases mobile app presence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …hires new sourcing director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …signs contract for management of distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Boohoo.com eyes float
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Damartex aquires Coopers of Stortford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: DRL steps up flotation plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Figleaves.com to launch erotic boutique
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Game eyes growth in online video game market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Girl Meets Dress receives venture capital funding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Richard Desmond moves into contract publishing with Very magazine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Tesco to launch iPad-style tablet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Celesio sees profits surge by over 50%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Boots boss Alex Gourlay to move to Walgreens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Card Factory to refinance following attempted sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Staples launches back to school advertising campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: WHSmith full-year profits “in line with expectations"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Music retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …creditors to lose £250 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …hires new director for its Pure loyalty programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JD Sports looking to expand its Pro performance fascia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct to enter FTSE 100
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Pandora to open largest global store in Oxford Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: ModelZone to leave the high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Go Outdoors sees rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BRC releases retail sales figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Retailers could face business rates increases of £300 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Scottish sporting successes boost retail sales in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop prices fall 0.5% due to discounting in stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: UK retail sales jump 1.1% in July

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