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European Retail Briefing - September 2016

This review looks at:

  • An analyst comment looking at Clothing retailing in Germany.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • The Netherlands - an overview of the retail sector.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Tough times for fashion retailers in Germany
      • Wöhrl
        • Sinn Leffers
          • Germany clothing retailers
            • Figure 1: Germany: Clothing specialists sales as % all spending on clothing, 2011-15
          • Who’s winning?
            • Not a question of stores vs online
              • Fashionability
                • Time for change
                • European Retail Sales

                  • Key points
                    • Retail sales
                        • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2015-16
                        • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2015-16
                      • Inflation
                        • Figure 4: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2015-16
                        • Figure 5: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2015-16
                    • Headlines for the Month

                      • Grocers
                        • Clothing retailing
                          • Multi-sector retailing
                            • Electrical retailing
                              • Home shopping
                              • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                • Convenience stores
                                  • UK: McColl’s like-for-like sales fall 1.8%
                                    • UK: Premier reaches 3,300 stores
                                      • Grocers
                                        • Austria: Billa relaunches online platform
                                          • Germany: Aldi launches online wellbeing portal
                                            • Germany: Kaufland to introduce electronic shelf labels
                                              • Germany: Lidl overhauls IT system as part of 'big data' strategy
                                                • Italy: Carrefour launches new urban format
                                                  • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize makes good start as a merged company
                                                    • Netherlands: Albert Heijn pilots mobile pick-up point
                                                      • Netherlands: Jumbo sales rise 13.4%
                                                        • Portugal: Sonae MC sales rise 3.6%
                                                          • Spain: Carrefour Spain targets 175 store openings
                                                            • Spain: Mercadona invests in second data centre
                                                              • UK: Asda
                                                                • …full-year sales decline 3.7%
                                                                  • …offloads photo division
                                                                    • … Q2 like-for-like sales tumble 7.5%
                                                                      • UK: Morrisons
                                                                        • …completes sale of Fresh Direct stake
                                                                          • …head office staff sent to help with heatwave rush in stores
                                                                            • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                              • …launches Tu Premium range
                                                                                • …reveals Mini Habitat concession plans
                                                                                  • …trials 'slow shopping' scheme
                                                                                    • UK: Sicilian supermarket opens first shop in London
                                                                                      • UK: Supermarket quarterly sales fall below £100bn
                                                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                                                          • …ramps up online offer with same-day click-and-collect
                                                                                            • …rolls out Scan as you Shop service
                                                                                              • …trials 24-hour stores as night tube launches
                                                                                                • Other food specialists
                                                                                                  • UK: West Cornwall Pasty Co like-for-like sales rise 7.6%
                                                                                                    • UK: Whittard delivers 'solid progress' in 2015
                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                      • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                        • Europe: H&M Foundation offers €1m grant to fashion innovators
                                                                                                          • Germany: Hugo Boss plans 20 store closures as sales decline
                                                                                                            • Germany: Wöhrl seeks creditor protection
                                                                                                              • Switzerland: Charles Vögele sales fall as ‘rigorous’ restructuring begins
                                                                                                                • UK: Bhs
                                                                                                                  • …international owner may revive the chain in the UK
                                                                                                                    • …international owners purchase customer details
                                                                                                                      • UK: French Connection eyed by Maplin owner
                                                                                                                        • UK: H&M
                                                                                                                          • …expands Cos and Monki into Bristol
                                                                                                                            • …considers standalone menswear stores
                                                                                                                              • UK: Hunkemöller launches UK website
                                                                                                                                • UK: Joules profits surge as a listed company
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Jimmy Choo revenues grow 7.1%
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Lavitta expands to 10 stores
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mamas and Papas opens new small format shop
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Monsoon Accessorize to shutter 141 dual-branded stores
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Oasis opens first market town store
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Pep&Co reveals ambitious expansion plans
                                                                                                                                              • UK: River Island to partner with Snapchat
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Scarlett & Jo seeks investor funding
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Suitsupply launches digital styling service
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: TJX Europe reports slower than anticipated UK sales
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topshop unveils see now, buy now runway initiative
                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                          • Spain: El Corte Inglés
                                                                                                                                                            • …seeks to reduce debts through divestment
                                                                                                                                                              • …Hipercor fascia underperforms
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: B&M ramps up garden centre expansion
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Marks and Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                    • …boss considers scaling back international stores
                                                                                                                                                                      • …confirms 525 job cuts
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mothercare launches upgraded website
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundland shareholders approve takeover by Steinhoff
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Steinhoff and Poundland announce final revised offer
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wilko poaches Argos retail director as London expansion ramps up
                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Fenwick to open in Colchester following £35m redevelopment
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Ireland: Debenhams Ireland goes ahead with restructuring plan
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …invests £9m in beauty offer
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …outlines fashion and beauty focus for first Essex store
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …supports suppliers with 'Made Locally' scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Homebase sales rise 7.5% under Wesfarmers ownership
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Kingfisher's UK division drives growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Media-Saturn closes down Biwigo web store
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ireland: Apple’s European investment threatened by €13bn tax bill
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Brighthouse revenues increase 1.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dixons Carphone like-for like revenues rise 4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: DFS continues strong performance in the second half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dwell to open new concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: IKEA opens Order & Collection store in Westfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mattress brand Casper launches in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Cath Kidston set to launch in Latin America
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Laura Ashley like-for-like sales rise 4.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: eBay launches free WiFi in German cities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Netherlands: Cool Blue opens third Belgian physical shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Netherlands: Picnic targets over 40 cities in three years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Asos launches plus-size menswear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: eBay launches hub for plus-size fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Farfetch surprises millionth customer with free order
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Findel approaches Terry Duddy for chairmanship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Gear4music sales surge 73%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Hello Fresh hosts cook-a-long events
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Notonthehighstreet secures £21m investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado unveils 'Organic Kitchen' campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: PrettyLittleThing partners with Doddle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop Direct delivers 43.6% profit growth as investment pays off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Lloyds rebrands Sainsbury's in-store pharmacies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Body Shop expands into Chile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Fragrance Shop offers one hour delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Card Factory sales grow 4.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: WH Smith performs in line with expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Evans Cycles' chief departs after profit slump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Halfords retail revenues grow 4.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mountain Warehouse launches childrenswear for Zakti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct changes zero-hours contract practises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Denmark: Pandora revenues grow 20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Boutique.Goldsmiths hosts Olivia Burton embossing stations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hawkins Bazaar outlines five-year expansion plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Toy Store eyes new UK stores despite Oxford Street closure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Retail footfall dips 0.4% in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Retail sales rise 3.6% in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail sales slow in August amid Olympics hype
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: SaveTheHighStreet.org launches to 'revive' the high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shop vacancies rise above 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Worldpay finds 'seismic' shift in consumer payment preferences
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Netherlands

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Dutch retail scene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Netherlands in figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Population
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 6: The Netherlands: Population, 2012-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Population, by age and gender, 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Number of households, by household size, 2011-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 9: The Netherlands: Gross domestic product, 2005-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 10: The Netherlands: Consumer prices inflation, % change on previous year, 2011-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 11: The Netherlands: Household consumption expenditure, 2005-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 12: The Netherlands: Breakdown of household consumption expenditure, 2010-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dutch retailing in figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 13: The Netherlands: Retail sales (excl. VAT), 2011-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 14: The Netherlands: Retail sales breakdown (excl. VAT), 2011-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Online retailing in the Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 15: The Netherlands: Broadband connections, % of households, 2011-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 16: The Netherlands: Online purchases – Percentage of all individuals, 2011-15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Food retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 17: The Netherlands: Leading food retailers, 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mixed goods and department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 18: The Netherlands: Leading mixed goods and department store retailers, 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Clothing and footwear retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 19: The Netherlands: Leading clothing and footwear retailers, 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 20: The Netherlands: Leading DIY retailers, 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 21: The Netherlands: Leading furniture retailers, 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electricals retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 22: The Netherlands: Leading electricals retailers. 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health and beauty retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 23: The Netherlands: Leading health and beauty retailers, 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 24: The Netherlands: Leading miscellaneous specialist retailers, 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Online and other home shopping retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 25: The Netherlands: Leading home shopping retailers, 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Contacts and sources

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • 99p Stores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ahold USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Albert Heijn Netherlands (Ahold)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Apple Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Brighthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carrefour Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cath Kidston Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Celesio Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Charles Vögele (Central & Eastern Europe)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dalziel & Pow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Delhaize Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Dwell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Early Learning Centre Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • eBay Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • El Corte Inglés
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • El.I.T.E
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Evans Cycles UK Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Fenwick Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Findel plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Go Outdoors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Halfords Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hawkin's Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hipercor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hubert Burda Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hugo Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Hunkemöller
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • J. Choo Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Joules
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jumbo Group Holding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jumbo Supermarkten
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Laura Ashley UK (Stores)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lidl (Germany)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Lloyds Pharmacy (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mamas & Papas Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • McColl's Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Media Markt/Saturn (Redcoon) (Denmark)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mercadona
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Monsoon Accessorize Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mothercare Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mountain Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • N Brown Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • notonthehighstreet.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pandora (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pandora Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Poundland Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Premier Foods plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • River Island Holdings Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sainsbury's Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Screwfix UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sonae Distribução
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports Direct Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports Direct UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Steinhoff (Africa)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Steinhoff UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Supercor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Body Shop (Switzerland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Fragrance Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Sofa Workshop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The TJX Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • TJX UK (TK Maxx)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Tommy Hilfiger Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Topshop old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Under Armour, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Vodafone Europe Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Walmart Stores (USA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • West Cornwall Cornish Pasty Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Whittard of Chelsea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Wm Morrison Supermarkets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Wöhrl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Zalando

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