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This report series covers the six leading economies of Western Europe plus Ireland. We have produced Major Profiles of 12 top department store retailers in Europe. We have also included smaller profiles (13 in total) on other significant players, some of which operate in European markets not covered by this report.

The data in its entirety is contained in the single copy seven-country report. Single country reports are available for the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

The department store sector is facing major challenges:

  • Continued competition from high street specialists and the non-food offer of grocers.

  • Economic issues are undermining consumer confidence and many consumers are expected to cut back on their spending or trade down.

  • Department stores, with their focus on discretionary items, face difficult times.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Market in Brief

    • The future
      • Market size and performance
        • The competitive landscape
        • Report Scope

            • Technical notes
              • Definitions
                • Accounting policy
                  • Financial definitions
                    • Currencies
                      • Figure 1: Exchange rates, € to other European currencies, 2004-08
                    • Country codes
                      • Figure 2: Country codes
                    • VAT
                      • Figure 3: Europe: Standard VAT rates, 2007
                  • Broader Market Environment

                    • Key points
                      • Positive factors
                        • Negative factors
                          • Population to decline
                            • Figure 4: Germany: Population trends, 2003-07
                            • Figure 5: Germany: Births, deaths, immigration and emigration, 2000-07
                            • Figure 6: Germany: Population, by age group, 2006, 2010 and 2015
                          • Strengthening economy, but consumption has failed to pick up
                            • Figure 7: Germany: Gross domestic product, 1997-2007
                          • Consumer spending remains weak
                              • Figure 8: Germany: Consumer expenditure, 1998-2007
                            • Inflation has peaked
                              • Figure 9: Germany: Consumer prices, 1999-2008
                          • The Market in Context

                            • Key points
                              • Mixed consumer spending performance
                                • Figure 10: Germany: Consumer spending on selected categories of goods, 2003-07
                              • Low inflation
                                • Figure 11: Germany: Consumer price index for goods typically sold at department stores, 2000-08*
                              • Competing sectors
                              • Sector Size and Forecast

                                • Key points
                                  • Economic outlook
                                    • Consumer outlook
                                      • Retail forecasts
                                          • Figure 12: Germany: Retail sales, 2003-13
                                        • Prospects for department store retailers
                                        • Retail Competitor Analysis

                                          • Key points
                                            • Middle market most under pressure
                                              • Kaufhof up for sale
                                                • Karstadt performing even worse
                                                  • Breuninger and Ludwig Beck
                                                    • Hertie files for insolvency
                                                      • Figure 13: Germany: Leading mixed goods retailers, 2007/08
                                                    • Evaluation and market shares
                                                      • Figure 14: Germany: Leading department store retailers and market shares, 2007
                                                  • Breuninger

                                                      • Figure 15: Breuninger: Estimated sales as share of mixed goods retailers’ sales in Germany, 2003-07
                                                    • History
                                                      • Financial performance
                                                        • Figure 16: Breuninger: Estimated group sales performance, 2003-07
                                                      • Store portfolio
                                                          • Figure 17: Breuninger: Outlet data, 2003-07
                                                        • Retail offering
                                                          • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                          • Galeries Lafayette (Group)

                                                              • Figure 18: Galeries Lafayette (Group): Sales as share of mixed goods retailers in France, 2005-07
                                                            • Strategic evaluation
                                                              • History
                                                                • Financial performance
                                                                  • Figure 19: Galeries Lafayette (Group): Group financial performance, 2003-07
                                                                • Store portfolio
                                                                    • Figure 20: Galeries Lafayette (Group): Outlet data, 2003-07
                                                                  • Retail offering
                                                                    • Market positioning
                                                                      • Brands
                                                                        • Product offer
                                                                          • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                                          • Karstadt

                                                                              • Figure 21: Karstadt: Sales as share of mixed goods retailers’ sales in Germany, 2003-08
                                                                            • Strategic evaluation
                                                                              • Recent history
                                                                                • Financial performance
                                                                                    • Figure 22: Karstadt Department Stores: Group financial performance, 2003-07/08
                                                                                  • Store portfolio
                                                                                      • Figure 23: Karstadt Department Stores: Outlet data, 2004-2007/08
                                                                                      • Figure 24: Karstadt Department Stores: breakdown by store type, 2006-2007/08
                                                                                    • Retail offering
                                                                                      • Market positioning
                                                                                        • Brands
                                                                                          • Product offer
                                                                                              • Figure 25: Karstadt: Sales breakdown by product area, 2007
                                                                                            • Pricing
                                                                                              • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                                                              • Galeria Kaufhof

                                                                                                  • Figure 26: Kaufhof (Germany): Sales as share of mixed goods retailers’ sales in Germany, 2003-07
                                                                                                • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                  • Recent history
                                                                                                    • Financial performance
                                                                                                        • Figure 27: Kaufhof: Group financial performance, 2003-07
                                                                                                      • Store portfolio
                                                                                                          • Figure 28: Kaufhof: Outlet data, 2003-07
                                                                                                        • Retail offering
                                                                                                          • Market positioning
                                                                                                            • Product offer and brands
                                                                                                              • Advertising and marketing
                                                                                                                • e-commerce and home shopping

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