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European Retail Briefing - April 2009

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

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Stealth shopping
      • Hiding your wealth, no longer offshore
        • Flashing the cash no longer fashionable?
          • Removing the guilt factor
          • Headlines of the Month

            • Food retailers
              • Clothing
                • Multi-sector retailers
                  • Department stores
                    • DIY
                      • Electricals
                        • Home shopping
                        • Retail Sales Review

                            • France
                              • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2008-09
                            • Germany
                              • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, Feb 2008-Feb 2009
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2008-09
                            • Italy
                              • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2008-09
                            • Netherlands
                              • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, Jan 2008-Feb 2009
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2008/09
                            • Spain
                              • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2008-09
                            • UK
                              • Figure 11: UK: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, Dec 2007-Feb 2009
                          • Sector Focus: European Telecoms Retailing

                              • The European telecommunications market size and forecast
                                • Germany the largest market but not per capita
                                  • Figure 13: Per-capita spending on communications by country, 2007
                                • Retail Competitor Analysis
                                    • Figure 14: Retailer competitor analysis, 2007/08
                                • The Month in Retailing

                                  • Convenience stores
                                    • Slovenia: Spar sales rise 10% in Slovenia
                                      • Grocers
                                        • Belgium: Delhaize
                                          • …expresses interest in Carrefour stores
                                            • …ends Unilever boycott
                                              • …sees Q4 profit rise 30%
                                                • France: Auchan
                                                  • …outlines Russian expansion plans
                                                    • …sees full-year EBITDA rise 10%
                                                      • France: Carrefour
                                                        • …launches in Bulgaria
                                                          • …launches Value line
                                                            • …suffers profit drop amid downturn
                                                              • …to appoint new CFO
                                                                • Lithuania: Maxima outlines 2009 expansion plans
                                                                  • Netherlands: Super de Boer reports flat Q1 results
                                                                    • Poland: Zabka outlines expansion plans
                                                                      • Portugal: Sonae records 20% FY profit drop
                                                                        • Russian Federation: Magnit's FY profit soars 93%
                                                                          • Russian Federation: Seventh Continent reports February sales rise
                                                                            • Russian Federation: X5 eyes more franchises
                                                                              • Slovenia: Mercator shareholders to relinquish 25% stake
                                                                                • Turkey: BIM's FY profit up despite slow Q4
                                                                                  • UK: Aldi posts sales increase
                                                                                    • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                      • …sees rise in FY profits
                                                                                        • UK: Sainsbury's reports robust Q4 results
                                                                                          • UK: Tesco
                                                                                            • …to open in-store banks
                                                                                              • UK: Waitrose to launch in motorway service stations
                                                                                                • Off-licences
                                                                                                  • UK: Majestic Wine acquires Lay & Wheeler
                                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                                      • UK: Holland & Barrett/Julian Graves merger goes to Competition Commission
                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                          • Greece: Sprider reports 45% profit drop
                                                                                                            • Hong Kong: Esprit appoints Van der Vis as new chief
                                                                                                              • Spain: Inditex LFLs rise 12%
                                                                                                                • Sweden: H&M enjoys 18% Q1 sales boost
                                                                                                                  • Sweden: RNB sales slide in February
                                                                                                                    • UK: French Connection posts FY loss
                                                                                                                      • UK: Hobbs sees FY profits fall
                                                                                                                        • UK: Laura Ashley posts FY profit drop
                                                                                                                          • UK: Moss Bros
                                                                                                                            • …posts £5m FY loss
                                                                                                                              • UK: Mulberry stake sold to Kaupthing
                                                                                                                                • UK: Peacocks reports soaring sales
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ted Baker FY profits plunge 11.4%
                                                                                                                                    • Mass merchandisers
                                                                                                                                      • US: Wal-Mart
                                                                                                                                        • …re-enters Lenta discussions
                                                                                                                                          • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare posts impressive FY results
                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Arcandor chief refuses to rule out break-up
                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Metro
                                                                                                                                                    • …starts search for new chief
                                                                                                                                                      • …posts 4.8% Q4 profit boost
                                                                                                                                                        • …sees FY profit plunge 51%
                                                                                                                                                          • Switzerland: Migros posts strong FY results
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Retail Group posts Argos, Homebase results
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                • …sees sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Next posts 11% decline in FY operating profit
                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                        • …H1 results hit by "extremely difficult" conditions
                                                                                                                                                                          • …ponders Russian re-entry
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Harvey Nichols sees profits fall 40%
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis suffers 26.4% drop in profit
                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Hornbach posts 5% rise in FY sales
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Praktiker slows expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sweden: Clas Ohlson boasts better-than-expected Q3 profit
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Kingfisher
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …posts FY sales, profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …chairman announces retirement
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Travis Perkins plans £300m rights issue
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Finland: DSG subsidiary considers store closures
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Russian Federation: Eldorado sold to mobile operator MTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Russian Federation: Technosila reports 26% sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sweden: DSGi closes Swedish PC City chain
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: DSGi mulls rights issue
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jessops receives restructuring officer
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • US: Best Buy reports robust results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Allied Carpets saved by investment fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Neckermann poaches new chief executive from Quelle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Otto posts robust FY results despite crisis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ideal Shopping takes £9.2m hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ocado offers "Instant Order" choosing service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Celesio braces for earnings decline in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Blacks Leisure warns of losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …outlines refinancing plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …health clubs to be bought by Whelan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ashley buys Ronnie's 23% JJB stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Aurum chairman confident of future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Signet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …renegotiates debt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …suffers loss in 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economic news
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Finland: Retail sales climb 10% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ireland: Retail sales fall 20.4% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Lithuania: Retail sales plunge in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Scotland: Retail sales suffer "worst decline for eight years"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sweden: Retail sales fall in February

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